The Magic Frog – Part 3 Simon forms a plan

Simon spent some time perusing the novelty shops around Tsim Sha Tsui. The vast majority of them sold sex toys and while some of the items were certainly interesting, they were not what he was looking for. The problem was, that he was not absolutely sure what exactly he was looking for. He would recognise it when he saw it, of that he was sure. 

Simon was not in a rush. He was still preparing his plan, the ultimate crime. And, as it is said, revenge is a dish best eaten cold. Once he was ready he would act, but it wouldn’t be in the heat of passion. His revenge would be cold, premeditated and precise. 

He lost count of how many shops he had been to. He eventually found what he was looking for in a novelty shop in Mong Kok. It was in a centre that was mostly electronics on the ground floor, fashion on the second and sex toys on the third. It was a face mask resembling that of a mutated zombie. There was even blood and gore around the creature’s mouth. It was made of soft latex and rolled up neatly into a pouch. He could put it on and remove it in seconds with a bit of practice. The first part of his plan was complete. 

Over the next few weeks, he asked his wife about her shopping trips. What time did she normally go, what did she buy. He told her he was concerned about how much she had to carry home, especially when her mother made no effort to help her. At the same time, Simon was careful to be kind and attentive to the old woman. She responded, slowly, and for the present, it looked as if a truce had been declared. She actually became solicitous about his lunch and asked her daughter to start preparing suitable lunch boxes, so that he didn’t have to eat the unhealthy rubbish from the fast-food shops. 

Simon had moments of doubt. Could he really go through with what he was planning? The frog never left his side. On one occasion he was tempted to throw it away where it could never be found. He also wondered who the old lady was, how she had known his name and why she had chosen him to give the frog to. 

Then one night his Mother-in-Law had been particularly vitriolic. She had spent the day with one of her other daughters who treated her to dim sum. Simon had never done that for her. She went on and on about how beautiful their house was and how respectful that side of the family was. 

Why, she wanted to know, wasn’t Simon as caring and respectful as they were. It was at that point that Simon made up his mind to proceed with the plan. He’d had enough of the hateful old woman’s attitude. The sudden change in her mother’s behaviour upset Simon’s wife badly, and that night, in the privacy of their bedroom, Lily wept silently in his arms. His wife’s distress made Simon all the more determined to go through with his plan. 

(c) Copyright John Stewart Sloan – 2017 – Not for Distribution 

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