10. Mom’s new boyfriend
About five years ago, my mom started dating a guy she met on a dating site.
That part is fine – I had recently started dating the woman who would later become my wife and we had met online (I’ll just refer to her as my wife for this story). Anyway, my wife and I never really liked this guy. We didn’t think he was mean or anything like that, just a little creepy – he was quiet, he kept his eyes closed a lot, and occasionally said odd things like offering my wife a chocolate and then popping one in his mouth, closing his eyes, and moaning as he let it melt in his mouth. One time my wife and I were visiting my mom but she got called into work, so we waited at her house. Her boyfriend was over but he spent the entire several hours just hanging out in her bedroom with the door closed.
Just before Christmas, my mom and this guy started having some difficulties. My wife and I were visiting her for the holidays and she dropped all of her problems on us and we listened carefully and told her our opinions and suggested that she would be better off without him. She already had her mind made up, though, and decided to break up with him… on Christmas Eve.
We spent the night at my mom’s and got up early on Christmas morning to visit my dad at his house. We didn’t plan to spend the night at my dad’s, but we got snowed in, which was actually a nice Christmas surprise.
The next day we left as soon as we could get through the snow and my wife suggested that we stop by my mom’s house on the way so that we could see if she was okay. My wife just had a really bad feeling about my mom’s now-ex-boyfriend.
My mom’s car was in the driveway, but that doesn’t mean much because she lives close enough to work that she often walks and it hadn’t snowed in her town. She also never locks her door, which drives me crazy, so we let ourselves in. That’s when we see blood OOZING out of the refrigerator’s water dispenser. It had filled up the spill container and was leaking onto the floor and had made a puddle. My wife screamed and I freaked out. I fully expected to see my mom’s head in the freezer.
I nervously opened the freezer to find… a bag of frozen cherries that had been opened, crammed into the freezer so that it fell onto the ice dispenser, and melted.