An anonymous Letter
Edward adored his
wife, and there was nobody better than she, as he thought. Nina knew it, she also loved him
dearly. Edward worshipped her and he knew about her love to him. Still he could not keep himself from adultery.
He suspected Nina may know about his love affairs, but they never spoke about it. Edward was
generous to Nina she had everything she wanted including Edward himself, but he could not stop his
love affairs with other women. He would come home in time, as Nina was always nervous waiting
for him. So all the problems were solved during his work time. It was easy
because he himself was the boss of his business. Nina saw Edward off, kissed and waved him goodbye. She
loved her husband, but her great problem was terrible they had no children. After she saw him off, she
usually worked about the house ,went shopping, called on her friends and had always been home by the time
Edward returned from his office. When she came to the doors of her home that day, she saw a
sheet of paper, pinned to the door. She wanted to throw it off, but suddenly she
wondered what it might be. Having entered the house she put on her eye-glasses as she
had been short-sighted since childhood and began reading. It was an anonymous letter somebody whom
she did not know, but may be she knew who it was, informed her about Edward`s adultery.“Oh, my, there is
nothing new for me, I have known him perfectly ,”-she thought. She went on reading carelessly.“Your husband
changes his mistresses very often and now his mistress is…” Suddenly Nina felt strong pain in her
head and fell unconscious. Some time later she recovered herself, but she could not make
out what had happened. With great difficulty she took out her mobile telephone and rang her husband,
but his telephone was switched off. Then she rang up his parents and asked her mother-in-law to come to
her. Very soon Teresa came, she was excited.
“Nina, dear, what has happened?!
“Somebody pushed me down and I fell unconscious.”
“It might be a burglar. Look, is everything in order?”
“Yes, sure, some old vases and a picture are missing, but they were not so precious.”
“I think , they were precious for the burglars, you must inform the police.”
Teresa went to the telephone.
“Well, is it worth informing police? You have not lost really precious things.”
“Yes, you are right, but still I have lost something valuable.”
“Well, then you better ring up the police station. And what is it, you say?”
“I have received an anonymous letter, informing me about Edward`s mistress, I could not read her name because somebody struck me on my head.”
“Oh, my, Nina terrible, Edward is having a mistress, how can he?”
Nina felt that Teresa was shocked by Edward`s behaviour.
“If it is nothing new for me, but still we love each other.”
“Nina, how can you? You yourself defend him and forgive his adultery, impossible!”
“You know I think where to hide, because somebody did not want me to know her name and tried to kill me.”
Teresa looked terrified.
“I will stay with you till Edward comes, I will not leave you alone, my poor darling. I cannot even think about such terrible things.”
Nina asked Teresa to make a cup of tea and lay on the sofa.
“Yes, I will look after you, you just try to relax.”
While Teresa was making tea, Nina fell asleep. Teresa sat down on the sofa. She thought of Nina`s shock.
Suddenly Teresa heard the sound of the car.
“It may be Edward,” –She thought, but her husband appeared on the threshold. He was nervous and came to learn what had happened. Teresa told him about the accident with Nina, but said nothing about Edward`s mistress.
“It must have been a burglar. I have already informed the police, the detective will be here in a moment.”
Some time later Edward came, he was agitated.
“What has happened? I rang you up and the servant said that you are here. Why?”
Teresa told him what has happened, but she did not mention the anonymous letter. Edward was shocked, having heard that
His wife was struck and really he himself was half conscious.
They went to another room not to disturb Nina.
The detective came, they told him everything, but he asked to wake up Nina. He asked Nina to tell him everything, but Nina did not mention the anonymous letter as Teresa had winked her to be silent about it. Nina felt that it was a shame for Teresa. The detective left his card and left.
“He is a pleasant man, this detective, what`s his name? Oh, detective Shean, I have heard about him. Rather a clever man and an experienced detective,”-Teresa said. Some time later Edward`s parents drove home.
“ Darling, how are you now?”
“Oh, I was a little out”. Nina could not help sobbing.
Edward could not understand why she was crying so bitterly.
“ Try to relax, dear, let`s go to bed, it is so late.”
Nina went wash her face and hands. She could not sleep, she knew Edward had been lying to her, she loved him and she was sure in his love, but still somebody wanted to kill her. And her mother-in-law, she was defending Edward, she might have known about his adultery, just showing her surprise to Nina. Suddenly Nina felt some change in herself. She could not yet understand, but something had really changed. She decided to speak to her husband frank, and it was for the first time. The morning came, but looking at her husband during breakfast, she still decided not to begin the conversation. When her husband went to work, Nina tried to find the anonymous letter, but in vain. Nina decided to wait a little, her husband loved her, she knew it, she wanted to be sure. She was going to leave the house, but suddenly she heard a knock. She wondered –“ Who it might be”.
“I have a piece of information for you, it will not take too long”.
“Oh, It`s you come in, detective Sean”.
“I had a conversation with your neighbours and they told me they had seen a man running out of your house.”
Nina widely opened her eyes.
“Oh, it was a burglar, how it could be?”
“He is middle-sized, a little stout and lame, he had a dark overcoat on and a black hat and he had a parcel in his hand.
He looked like a burglar.”
“What do you think, detective, will he come again?”
“Oh, that`s terrible”.
“When I get some more information I will contact you.
Nina closed the door, checked the locks, she wanted to read the book, but she could not stop thinking about her husband and his behaviour. The telephone rang, but Nina did not want to answer. It rang and rang and at last she took up the receiver.
“It may be my mother-in –law.” She was right. Teresa said that her mother had fallen ill and she was to go to her.
“Don`t leave my husband alone, I will contact you every day,”
“I hope, nobody will disturb me,”-Nina wanted to think over her plan.
Teresa rang every day, her mother was unwell and she would not be back soon. Nina found out that her husband really had mistresses and now his mistress was much older than he.
Nina was shocked. But she decided not to tell him a word as he was a good and careful husband, she loved him and did not want to divorce him. In the evening her father-in-law rang, he complained of being unwell and ask her to come. Nina waited for her husband to come and after supper she said she would visit his father.
“You come and take me home, if I am late darling.”
“Well, honey I will be waiting for your call.”
When Nina came to Edward`s father, he was better, he had got nervous at work, and his heart would usually bring him problems. Nina cooked supper, prepared the necessary medicine and rang up home. The telephone was silent. She said to her father-in –law that Edward would wait for her by the gates of their house. She looked calm, but in reality she was nervous.
“Why Edward did not answer the phone?”
Coming to the house, Nina was surprised to see the dark windows. She thought sarcastically, “so tired he became that fell asleep!”
She entered the house, switched on the light and called Edward.
She heard the television sound from the sitting-room.
“Oh, really, he got asleep watching TV.”
“Edward, do you hear me?”
Edward was sitting in the armchair. Nina came up to him, she did not understand what had happened from the first sight.
Edward sat still looking at the TV with open eyes. Nina wanted to leave the room, but she switched on the light and saw a knife in his back.
Nina stood spellbound. She could not move and call the police.
At last, trembling she rang up the police and asked them to come. She was afraid to be alone in this empty house and asked the policeman to stay with her. The next day detective Sean came again. She told him everything she saw when she came home. It seemed to her the detective knew who the murderer had been.
“Can it be that burglar, detective?”
“I cannot tell you anything by now, your house will be guarded by the police.”
Nina did not inform her father-in –law about Edward`s death, neither she informed Edward`s mother. She wanted detective to advise her how to act. Detective Sean agreed to keep it in secret with Edward`s father, but it was necessary to contact his mother.
“I will do it tonight, but, oh, it`s so difficult to tell her such a thing.” Teresa was silent for a long time and then she burst out crying. The very day she came back to town and came to him.
They could not talk, they could not keep crying for a long time.
Then Teresa asked Nina to tell her what had happened.
Nina told her everything except the fact of Edward’s having a mistress. It was no use of talking of this fact now.
Teresa agreed with Nina to keep Edward`s death in secret with his father. Some days later the detective came again.
Nina was alone at home.
“I have a new information for you.”
Nina was listening attentively.
“Your husband was poisoned.”
“How it could be? I saw a knife in his back.”
“He was poisoned before.”
“And why the knife? Are you sure, detective?”
“Yes, I am sure, but by now I can`t explain it.”
Sean had already known why the murderer acted in this way.
“Nina, I want to see you, may I come to your place?”
“Yes, detective, I am in and my mother-in-law is coming to me now. Do you want to ask me something else?”
“No, I want to inform you about the murderer.”
The mobile telephone fell out of Nina`s hand and broke to pieces. Her mother-in-law and detective Sean came at the same time.
“Glad to see you here, how are you and your husband, he is better now, isn`t he?”
“Yes, thank you, we are all right.”
“Would you say what you know, detective, please, tell me everything.”
“Your husband had mistresses and you knew about it.”
“Yes, I knew, Teresa also knew about his behaviour, still I loved him.”
“Yes, I know, you loved him and did not want to divorce with him.”
“Yes, really, I did not want to change anything in our lives.”
“And you even did not complain of his behaviour to your mother-in-law, you never complained, oh, you are a strong woman. You decided to poison him and the situation with his father`s illness was a convenient moment for you. You rang home, but you were sure nobody would answer you.
But the knife in his back –this was a puzzle. You complained nobody, but you did not know your real mother-in-law.”
“I don`t understand you, detective.”
“Teresa is Edward`s step-mother, they had kept the secret well. Teresa was afraid that her secret life would be known to her husband. Only Edward could say to him that Teresa had no mother and she did not go anywhere. She was watching you with your every step. When you were at Edward`s father`s she sneaked to your house and killed Edward who had been already killed by you. Teresa was that “burglar”, but she had no chance that day. Is this true, Teresa?”
But she did not look at Nina she glanced at the door.
“You need not trouble, Teresa. No escape for you. The police have surrounded the house.”
Nina seized Teresa tightly by her hand.
“Why, why did you do it?”
“Well, don`t you understand?!”
It was Teresa, she was his last mistress.