Bedbugs by Ben H. Winters

By Ben H. Winters

FOR hire: best flooring of fantastically renovated brownstone, 1300 sq. ft., 2BR 2BA, eat-in kitchen, one block to parks and playgrounds. No broker’s fee.Susan and Alex Wendt have came upon their dream apartment.Sure, the landlady is a bit eccentric. And the aged handyman drops a few cryptic feedback in regards to the basement. however the hire is so low, it’s too strong to go up.Big mistake. Susan quickly discovers that her new house is crawling with bedbugs . . . or is it? She awakens each morning with clean bites, yet neither Alex nor their daughter Emma has a unmarried welt. An exterminator searches the valuables and turns up not anything. The landlady insists her development is fresh. Susan fears she’s going mad—until a extra sinister clarification provides itself: she may possibly actually be confronting the bedbug challenge from Hell.

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Susan found the box of perishables and arranged its contents in the pantry while Alex focused on his treasured kitchen gadgets: the coffee grinder, the rice cooker, the nonstick frying pans, the knife block and full set of Henckels Twin Select cooking knives. Finally he yawned, announced that he was exhausted, and headed upstairs. “I can’t believe we have two floors,” he said, pausing midway up the steps and gesturing expansively at all their space, in the manner of a Roman emperor. ” Susan finished her champagne and poured herself another cup, adding new items to her to-do list, until her eyes were drooping shut and she admitted to herself there was nothing else that could realistically be accomplished that night.

Stay in this room, please,” said Alex, and Emma nodded without looking up, already deeply engaged in her coloring. ” said Andrea as she led Susan and Alex up the narrow uncarpeted staircase to the second floor. “Howard and I never had any of our own, but I’ve always loved children. ” The second floor was really just two large rooms, a master bedroom and a second bedroom, separated by the staircase landing and a decent linen closet. The upstairs bathroom, where the air shaft ended in a small arced skylight, was large, with room for both a shower stall and a full jetted tub.

But the door was just closing; Andrea had slipped back inside. * Tuesday began on an unexpectedly delightful note: Emma woke up early, and Susan, feeling unusually well rested and at ease, decided they should whip up a batch of cookies. Emma, naturally, thought this was pretty much the best idea she’d ever heard. They spent a happy and loud half hour, clanging around the kitchen in matching polka-dot aprons, mixing, pouring, and giggling, until Alex came down for his coffee at 7:45 to find both wife and daughter flour-caked and giddy.

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