As soon at Todd got wind that a warrant for his arrest had been issued, he started packing his bag. In the meantime, unaware of what Todd was doing, his wife had thrown the plastic tablecloth on the picnic table in their backyard and put a large bowl of freshly picked strawberries out for her kids to eat. She called out to her kids to partake of the juicy strawberries when Todd came to the backdoor holding his suitcase.
Meredith looked up and smiled at her husband, but then she noticed the suitcase. “Are you going somewhere?” she asked.
“Listen carefully,” Todd said. “I’m in trouble and I’ve got to go away for a while.”
“Why?” Meredith asked. “What kind of trouble? What have you done.”
“I’ve been set up and I need some time to figure out how to mitigate the damage before I get arrested.”
“Arrested?” Meredith said, unable to hide her visceral reaction to what he had said. “Jesus, Todd, what have you done?”
“That’s just it, Mer,” Todd said. “I haven’t done anything wrong. But my boss, Tom, has apparently been embezzling company funds and an outside auditor caught the discrepancies. And now it looks like he is trying to frame me for it. That son a bitch threw me under the bus and now the cops are coming to arrest me.”
“Oh my God, Todd,” a shocked Meredith exclaimed. “Where are you going and how long will you be gone?”
“I’m going to head north toward Canada,” he said. “I don’t know how long I’ll be gone. I’ll need to figure out a way to clear my name.” He walked up to his wife and hugged her. “Don’t worry, I’ll be okay. Tell the kids I love them.” With that, he picked up his suitcase and left.
Once Todd had pulled out of the driveway, Meredith picked up the phone and made a call. “He just left, darling,” she said to the person she called. “Your scheme worked perfectly. He’s gone, said he was heading north toward Canada. I’m going to call the police and give them a description of the car and the plate number. They should pick him up before he leaves the state. “I can’t wait to see you tonight, Tom.”
Todd was in his car heading south to his boss’ house. He pulled a gun from the car’s glove box. “You’re first, Tom,” he said to himself. “And once you’re out of the way, I’m going to take care of that two-timing bitch of a wife.” A wicked smile crossed Todd’s face.
Written for these daily prompts: E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (warrant), Ragtag Daily Prompt (tablecloth), My Vivid Blog (strawberry), Your Daily Word Prompt (mitigate), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (visceral), and The Daily Spur (north).