A SHORT STORY IN LIST FORM

She needed to go shopping for their evening together, so she made a list:
  1. A whole organic chicken
  2. Fresh Rosemary
  3. Lemons
  4. Chicken stock
  5. Sweet potatoes
  6. Collards
  7. Unsalted Butter
  8. Salt and pepper
  9. That sake he likes in those little green bottles
  10. Real linen napkins
  11. Candles
  12. More of that Burnt Leaves body spray that, when you wear it, turns him on
    You want him in the MOOD!
  13. A picture frame
    For the photo of him together with his mistress that you had Hank the private investigator take.
  14. Bullets
    For the 22 pistol that was your father's and that you've been teaching yourself how to load and fire.
  15. A waterproof tarp
    To surreptitiously put under the dining room rug to keep the blood from seeping into the bamboo flooring.
  16. Rope
    To tie his body up in the tarp and rug with.
  17. Rubber gloves
    So your hands don't get messy.
  18. A map of the back roads near your home
  19. A shovel
    To dig the hole.
  20. A portable, electric lamp
    To see what you're doing as you dig.
  21. Bleach
    To scrub the house and the trunk of the Mercedes clean of evidence.
  22. A movie from Redbox he would never watch with you
  23. Your favorite ice cream: mint chocolate chip
  24. A trashy magazine
  25. An OKCupid A-List account
  26. New lipstick
  27. That blue dress you saw in the window
  28. A new rug
    Something yellow. Or white. Yes. White.