Now for the dramatic conclusion to K.K. Sierra's short, the Cabin.
Written, by, yours truly.
The Cabin II: A Short
The assassin watched from the shadow of the woods, breath steady, body lying prone in the cold, white snow. The woman had stepped inside moments earlier, and the assassin waited patiently for her inevitable exit.
It wouldn't take long. The man she was married to was snuggled up inside with one of her male cousins and two girls young enough to have watched and enjoyed that annoying show with the dancing creatures that spoke gibberish at each other.
A patch of orange light illuminated the darkness as the door opened and the woman stepped onto the slick wooden porch. The assassin heard enough of the woman's words to understand the position she'd found her husband in.
A smile curved lips too often serious. The woman wouldn't have to worry long, the assassin thought.
"Babe, wait. " A man, her husband, the assassin knew, ran out behind her. "It's not what it looked like. I can explain."
"Actions speak louder than any words you'll ever say."
"But, honey, you know I love you."
"No. What I do know is first thing tomorrow morning I'm going to my attorney's office. We're over."
"You don't mean that. Think of the children."
The woman laughed, and the sound traveled over the silent yard to the assassin.
"Funny thing, I am thinking of the children. One of us has to."
"I always--" the man's words were cut off, and his eyes widened in shock as a perfectly round hole appeared in his forehead.
The woman screamed, maybe in fear, possibly in shock, but the assassin preferred to think the scream was one of relief. Relief that she'd been spared--not that she'd ever had to worry, or relief that her nightmare marriage was truly and finally over.
When the authorities arrived the assassin was long gone, and there was no sign that a presence had been lying in wait in the woods outside the cabin.
If the woman knew who'd pulled the trigger, she never let on, but she did send her best friend a bottle of her favorite wine with a note attached that simply read, I heart you.