Just at that point the floodlighting all round the garden came on making the interior more surreal somehow. I wondered what distorted forms Lucille imagined she was going to see picked out in the spotlight, on a dark winter’s night. I suddenly felt irrationally embarrassed as though we had been caught doing something we shouldn’t. I got up and started putting lights on in the house and the feeling of intimacy was squashed by the ridiculous décor.
“We didn’t kill Henry, or do anything else to him; you do realise that?” he said softly, running his hand slowly along the arm of the leather chair.
“Yes, of course I do. Don’t worry you’re off the hook because I happen to know who killed him.”
“His wife of course. She’s a witch – didn’t you know?”
“No. How do you know that?”
“Oh it’s the little things, you know: creepy doll with a bloody great pin through it; graveyard of flayed rabbits – that sort of thing.” I started to laugh, then pulled myself together when I saw his uncomprehending expression:
“It was meant to be Henry.” I explained, “The doll that is. She made a doll that was supposed to represent him and then she gave him a dose of the old black magic hoodoo. Hey presto, one dead husband.”
“What? I don’t believe that for a moment. How do you know it was her and not someone else who did the spell?”
“I got a strong sense of her from the doll. Her hatred for her husband at any rate. Plus I saw it all in my scrying glass.”
“A case of ‘I scry with my dark-adapted little eye’,” he said arching an eyebrow sceptically.
“Oh right. You can turn into man’s best friend at the full moon, but you don’t believe I can look into the past?”
“You might want to remember I can do it at will. And that first and foremost I’m a predator.”
“Do you actually know what you are Jack”
“Better than you know yourself, that’s for sure. Anyway, what else did you spy?” The slight emphasis on the last word conveyed his distaste even though his expression was unreadable.
I laughed again. “Do you really want to know?”
“Yes, I really want to know. Henry was an alright bloke. Not very bright, but he seemed to love her from what I could see. But then you never know what goes on behind closed doors, do you?”
“I didn’t know you were a Kenny Rodgers fan.” The blank looked squashed that one nicely.
“Oh, well never mind. One horrible story deserves another I suppose,” I said and took him at his word.