Characters and Scene: The Undoing
Andrina- Main character suffering with MPD.
Mrs. Dellwood- Elderly neighbor
Sam – Mrs. Dellwood’s dog
Regina and Sarah – neighbors
Andrina doesn’t have any great love for Sam because he takes care of his business all over the hallway, the grounds and especially near Andrina’s car. This has been an ongoing situation. Andrina would not physically harm Sam. However, over time the emotional build–up of anger and frustration triggers Piper (one of Andrina’s alters) to do the unthinkable to Sam. Piper is her protector and evil.
Wednesday came and Andrina went through her usual walk down the hall to get some coffee. Thank the heavens she was in a nightgown this time and not Piper’s clothes. The closer she neared the kitchen she could hear commotion going on in the hallway. Someone was crying and people were talking. She opened the door, looked down the hall and saw Mrs. Dellwood crying near the elevator. Neighbors Regina and Sarah were trying to console her. Hurriedly grabbing her robe, her hair flying in all directions, Andrina ran down the hall.
“What’s wrong with her? “Mrs. Dellwood can’t find Sam, replied Sarah.”
Mrs. Dellwood with both hands over her cheeks and shaking, shouted, “He’s been missing for a whole day.” “Everybody knows him in the building. So, I went back upstairs thinking someone would bring him to my door.” “But no one came.” “Then I thought well, he may be visiting with one of the neighbors. “ Andrina inwardly thought, why on earth she would think that is beyond me. That dog damn has created so much havoc for the people in the building and me. Sara quickly inquired if she had asked anyone in the building about Sam. But poor old lady Dellwood had fallen asleep after taking the wrong medicine. The pill she should have taken before bed she took earlier. She never got a chance to ask anybody about Sam.
Regina came up with an idea to put up a missing poster, Golden Retriever Missing Contact Information. “Sarah and I will ask around the building if anyone has seen Sam. “Andrina if you don’t mind, take Mrs. Dellwood upstairs to her apartment and wait for us.” “Come on dear, it’ll be ok, as Andrina shouldered the old lady and escorted her on the elevator. Andrina pressed the button for the fourth floor when out of nowhere Mrs. Dellwood with a look on her face as if she had seen a ghost inquired with a trembling tone, “Andrina, what is that around your neck?”
“Why… it’s my neckpiece jewelry. I forgot to take it off last night when I went to bed.” “ Why?” “It reminds me of me Sam’s collar, even the same color.” “Come on let’s go inside and wait for the others. No more talk about Sam’s collar.” As soon as they entered the apartment Andrina’s removed her jewelry from around her neck.
For thirty-five minutes, Mrs. Dellwood and Andrina sat and watched TV. It was enough time to watch an episode of The Price is Right. Probably every senior person in the building watched this program. It seemed to calm old lady Dellwood for awhile. The apartment was in utter disarray, not to mention the dog hair all over the place and the smell of Sam reeked pungent whiffs in the air.
Regina and Sarah had looked in the parking lot, knocked on doors and asked people walking in the hallway about Sam. No one had seen him. The next best thing to do was to call one of her sons. Sarah noticed a red book on the table that might contain telephone numbers. When she was about to pick up the book, in an unexpectedly loud voice, Mrs. Dellwood shouted, “Don’t call my son Tommy, he’ll want to take me to his house.” “Call my son West she demanded.” Andrina mouthed the words to Sara, “call Tommy.”
By this time, the stench of Mrs. Dellwood’s apartment had finally encapsulated Andrina’s sense of smell. She couldn’t take it anymore. Sara and Regina had the same annoying nose flinch. Determined to leave, Andrina said she had something to do. Reluctantly Regina and Sarah agreed to wait until her son arrived.
Andrina left the apartment but could dismiss Sam out of her head. As she began to walk down the hall to the elevator, she knew that no one would ever find that dog. Nice lady, Mrs. Dellwood with a pretty good vision for a woman her age. Andrina knew that Piper had killed Sam.
The horrible crime took place upon Andrina remembering that she had forgotten to get coffee for her morning ritual. She decided to make a quick dash back to the supermarket late Tuesday evening. It was the same day she greeted Greg in the parking lot and finally made arrangements to have potluck dinner with him.
She made her way to the driver side of her car. There was Sam with no leash and moving his bowels right at the driver’s side of her car again. His mocking eyes and a year of feces and urine on her car had taken its toll to the point of enervating her patience to do something about it. Anger and frustration and sheer evil began to build in the stroke of a breath. It was as if she was watching something outside her, egging her on to do the unthinkable to an animal, a presence of imperative command. Thinking about what she could hit Sam with she opened the truck of her car. There it was, a tire iron.
Slowly she walked towards Sam with deliberate footsteps. Closer and closer she moved in on him and began striking him. What was even more evil intended, Andrina who was now Piper wanted to make sure one of the curved spoon ends of the tire iron landed a strong blow to his body. There were squealing sounds with every blow to Sam’s body as splatters of blood fell to the ground. Then, silence. In the blink of an eye, Piper had been pummeled him to death quickly retreated. Piper was gone and Andrina was back. It was too late. Sam was motionless. The reality of what had occurred struck a chord of disbelief immediately and her heart began rapidly pound in her chest along with panic. “Oh my God.” “He’s dead, she gasped.”
Despite the horrendous nature of the crime, Andrina looked around to be sure that no one had seen what had happened. There was no way she could explain what happened. She picked up Sam and put him in the trunk of her car. As fast as she could, she poured a bottle of water on the little splatters of blood on the ground. She wiped up the rest of the blood with a blanket she kept in her trunk. The one thing she had in her favor was that her car was at the far end of the parking lot, and almost secluded. She had to get rid of him. The marshland area of Newton she settled on.
From Tuesday night until today which turned out to be Friday. It had been almost a week since Andrina buried Sam. All the things she had done in her life definitely showed that she was no choir girl. But, a murderer she was not. Piper had returned stronger and bolder than ever before. Killing Sam confirmed it. Piper is dangerous.