Misled by Tony Ginyard
Excerpt from Chapter VIII – “Intensity”:
Diane was surprised to discover how spare the room was. It contained only a metal-framed bed, a rocking chair, and a dresser. On top of the dresser were two wooden-framed pictures. One was of Pam behind the anchor desk at work. The other picture was of a handsome couple with a pretty little girl in pigtails sitting in between them. Diane assumed this was a very young Pam with her parents. There was a small closet and a bathroom, but nothing else except bare walls and a barred window.
Geraldine sat quietly in her rocking chair with her back to the group as they entered the room. She was facing the barred window, which offered a spectacular view of an immense green lawn in the back of the building. Her snow-white hair was pulled into a tight bun. She was wearing a sea-foam-green housecoat with matching pants and slippers. It wasn’t until the doctor led everyone around to face Geraldine that Diane guessed she was about 5’6” and noticed the older woman’s tight, flawless mocha skin tone, full lips, and what appeared to be the beginning stages of cataracts in her left eye. Aside from that, she seemed to be in remarkable health, all one hundred pounds of her.