Unwanted guest

The storm had been raging for hours. The house on the hill was dark and cold. Pelting rain was dancing on the surface of the fishpond. It was on nights like these that Cora was glad a tall fence and an electrically controlled gate had kept intruders at bay since Henry’s departure.
Cora picked up the paring knife she used to dissect oranges. She fetched new batteries for her torch, cut through the tight packaging, mounted them and picked up the book she had been reading before the lights went out.
Suddenly, she heard a voice shouting “For God’s sake, open the damn gate! My wife’s having a baby.”
Throwing caution to the winds, Cora fought her way through the raging storm to the gate. There was no one in sight. She unlocked the small inset gate and stepped outside, calling “Where are you? What about the baby?”
Then her words were suffocated by a hand.
“You fell for the oldest trick in the book, lady.”
The stranger tightened his grip, but Cora managed to wrench her body round far enough to sink the paring knife into his groin.
The man sank to the ground.
Cora bent down, grabbed the man’s arms and dragged him to the fishpond.
“You won’t mind having company down there, will you?” she speculated.
Then she went back into the house and peeled herself an orange.

Unwanted guest

Faith Puleston

Herdecke, Germany

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This is the revamped version of the story “Unwanted guests” I posted a couple of days ago. I have tried to incorporate most or all the kind suggestions made at “Twisted Tales” (in the forum competition section as an entry for the challenge on the topic “the gate”) and I hope this is better writing than that version, which was written rather hastily to comply with the deadline! The plot has not been changed!

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