By Ben H. Winters
FOR hire: most sensible 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 comments concerning the basement. however the hire is so low, it’s too stable 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 construction is fresh. Susan fears she’s going mad—until a extra sinister rationalization offers itself: she may perhaps actually be confronting the bedbug challenge from Hell.
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Were you standing in the yard last Sunday night? ” As she was asking the question, Susan realized how strange it sounded—strange, or accusatory. “Like, looking up at the bedroom window? ” Louis shook his big head, and turned to Andrea.
She’d settled on the other end of the sofa, with a glass of wine and the crossword puzzle. ” “You know, I don’t know,” Alex answered slowly, looking up from his computer with a tired smile. ” He yawned and turned back to the screen. ” Susan returned to her puzzle, feeling a mild, prickly wash of irritation. ” His focus on this opportunity actually frightened her a little, made her wonder how important this contract was to their financial health, especially after the considerable expense of the move.
Two? ” Susan had prevailed, arguing in part that a decent bed would help her sleep. She was a chronic insomniac, unlike Alex, who bragged that he could fall asleep in a muddy ditch or stay sleeping through artillery fire—a gift that had been maddening to Susan during Emma’s infancy, when he slumbered peacefully through many a late-night screaming session. After Emma was down they puttered around for a couple hours, drinking Andrea’s champagne from plastic cups and unpacking a few boxes marked UNPACK ME FIRST!