By Scott Wilson
Word Count: 549
“Watch out for the old man. That dementia he pulls out from time to time is an act, I think. He’s really trying to decide how to break up his estate,” said Julie.
“You are a cold hearted bitch, sis!” Caroline said. “You have absolutely no idea about dementia...you haven’t even tried to deal with it since dad started showing signs. For your whole life, you’ve dominated their time. Every time they come down to Brisbane to visit they have to stay at your place, just because you are an old spinster. Even when you do let them visit, you still tag along like a bloody chaperone.”
“Don’t talk to me like that,” Julie said. “It’s not my fault you don’t have a good relationship with them.”
“Bullshit, you cow!” Caroline said. “When you lived overseas for those couple of years they spent heaps of time with me and we got along great. Now you’re back, it’s back to the same old tricks. You play the pity card. Why don’t you get a friggin decent haircut and buy some normal clothes. It’s no wonder you are single. You wear homemade clothes and your frigging hair looks like you cut it yourself to.”
The phone went dead in Caroline’s ear and she slammed down the receiver.
“You okay, honey?” Caroline’s husband George said.
“My sister is such a bitch. I’m so sick of her.”
George walked over and cuddled his wife, comforting her the way he always did after she spoke with her family.
“She’s hogged their time for the last ten years, and now dad’s got dementia, she doesn’t want to spend any time looking after him. It’s like she’s tossed them aside now there is some genuine work involved in caring for them and she’s leaving it up to me to carry the burden.”
“I know,” George said soothingly. “I’ve seen how she manipulates them over the twenty years we’ve been married. It’s amazing they never saw through her?”
“I bet she’s already made sure the Will has her as the main beneficiary and with full power of attorney. I can see the money hungry cow taking everything and leaving me high and dry.”
“I’m so glad I was an only child,” George said. “When my parent’s passed away, didn’t have to go through any of this. Mind you, the tantrums I had to put up with from the old lady over my life were enough to even that out. I wonder what a normal family is like?”
Caroline pulled her husband closer and hugged him tightly.
“I don’t know honey,” Caroline said. “Is there even such a thing anymore? Society really seems to have gone down the drain.”
“I’ll tell Andy to go ahead with the hit on your sister to take care of her for good if you like?”
“Yes, I’ve put off the idea for years, but I can’t take it anymore, and she’s not going to end up with the inheritance after all of this.”
“I’ll ask Andy about his family when he picks up the money,” George said. “See if his family is dysfunctional too?”
“That would be nice, dear.”
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