Who indeed?

“You’re back early, Jess.”

“A couple of days, yes.”

“Didn’t you have a nice time?”

“Oh, Tanya. It was fantastic.”

“That’s… good. So why…?”

“Neil had a call from work.”

“Oh dear. Nothing too serious, I hope.”

“They had a burglary. I’m livid. Bit calmer now, what could he do? But you know what he’s like, tied to their apron strings.”

“Couldn’t they have waited ’til he came back?”

“The police wanted to speak to him.”

“They could have rung him, surely.”

“I said that but he didn’t know what happened so was only getting second-hand information from his boss.”

“What a shame. But apart from that, everything was OK.”

“Best holiday we’ve been on. Just like the brochure. Better in fact. Not too hot, loads of new things, local fish, beats out of a packet anyway.”

“It would. So it did you two good? You did say you’d been having a few prob…”

“Better than ever.”

“Oh… great.”

“He was so loving and…”

“And the burglary…”

“Nothing was taken, that’s the strange thing.”

“Well, that’s good.”

“But it was like someone just wanted to…”

“Maybe kids.”

“No, it wasn’t messing around.”

“Maybe they got the wrong place.”

“Oh no, it was targeted. That’s what the police said anyway.”

“Oh dear.”

“Like they knew we were away and wanted us to come home early.”

“You?”

“It was Neil’s desk they went for.”

“How strange.”

“Left everything else in the company alone. Minimal damage to the front door. Just enough to get in.”

“So they were quite clever.”

“The police are stumped but it’s early days. They’ve talked about being a revenge for something but who would do that?”

“Who indeed…”

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