1. He made up excuses to call for her.
  2. "Stephanie, have you seen the Chandler report?"
  3. She smiled and plucked it from the clutter on his desk and joked, "what would you do without me?"
  4. She smelled like a house filled with children. They would watch movies in bed as a family and fall asleep together in a pile.
  5. And then, in the morning, the children ripped to pieces. Stephanie headless in the doorway, covered with blood and tufts of thick black fur.
  6. "Thank you," he said, and sent her away, and filled the room with Lysol to block out the scent of her hair.