Fully dressed, Peter lay next to Malorie and looked up.
‘I’m leaving you,’ she said.
He might have laughed, except it wasn’t funny. Above him, on the ceiling, he saw a water-stain shaped like an arrow firing into a heart.
‘I’m hiring a nanny to look after the children,’ Malorie said. ‘No divorce; we have to keep up appearances.’
Actually, thought Peter, it was a sword.
A nurse came into the room. ‘Time to be turned, Mrs Gibbs.’
Peter stood, and as the nurse rotated Malorie’s body from her back onto her side, he looked up again and saw the heart, cleaved in two.