"Y-yep! Pistachios! Boy, I sure do love 'em!"
He could feel the sweat beading on his forehead, hear the roaring starting in his ears, and she still wasn't letting go of his hands -- his hands that were still stained, he'd scrubbed and scrubbed but still the stain was there...
She let go. "Well, don't spoil your dinner," she replied with a little smile, before walking away.
His eyes narrowed. He knew he'd been sloppy, worn out after his work out in the woodshed; he should have kept scrubbing, should have cleaned his hands until no trace of blood remained. But there was so much work to do, and he was just so tired...
But that smile. That smile she had given him, as she released his hands.
Had she been out there to the woodshed? Had she seen his work, or the signs it left behind -- the remains that had to be disposed of, the bodies dumped in the woods, or burned and scattered out by the old gravel pit? Had she seen something there? Or had he left other signs for her to discover?
Did she suspect?
His red hands flexed.
Did she know?