She Didn’t Say

Well after it had happened we all tried to think if there had been any signs but we hadn’t any idea that something like that would happen. The thing was she didn’t say anything at the best of times and being as private as she was there wasn’t anything we could have done anyway even if we’d have wanted to

She was such a closed book that she wouldn’t have told anybody anyway I suspect as none of us were close to her in that way

It got us all  talking about the first time we’d met her and thinking back she’d been really quiet from the off and we all agreed that even when we first met her she didn’t say a thing. We just thought she was shy but as time went on she never changed. She would blend into the room, give one word answers, never start or keep a conversation going. Her normal way of communicating was to smile, shrug her shoulders and look down. She wasn’t rude or anything just really quiet even around people she knew

Tom who knew all about NLP and things said he thought she was an extreme introvert and she’d most probably be better in one to one situations or on the phone. Most of us tried this approach with us but in all honesty she wasn’t any different and in actual fact is was even worse being on your own with her

She’d moved into the area with her husband and we’d all met at a comedy night in the local pub. She smiled a lot but actually said nothing all evening. At least that’s what we all think now when we speak about that evening because we’d all had a lot to drink and it was a few years ago now

We also found out that her husband spoke for her on most things. He spoke about her that evening in the third person, asked her questions but answered them himself and generally fielded any attempts at conversation directed towards her. It was as though she had no voice of her own which we all found a bit embarrassing

We started seeing quite a bit of them in various places as he was very sociable and liked a drink but as time went on she still said nothing at all when you met her. No one knew what her opinions were on anything, what she thought about politics, her feelings about world events or anything at all. It was as if she wasn’t there most of the time and people just got on with speaking to each other instead

It got to the point where people just stopped speaking to her. ‘It’s like pulling teeth’ was the phrase used to describe being stuck with her at any social do and you would do almost anything to avoid getting stuck with her. It wasn’t that we were trying to be mean or anything just that is was really awkward and uncomfortable to be around her. I mean you go out to enjoy yourself don’t you not to have to be constantly trying to make conversation with someone who obviously didn’t want to speak to you

In fact the only time she did come out of her shell was on the few occasions we saw her drunk then she was a completely different woman. She’d get all cuddly and tell everyone how much she loved them. Next time you saw her though she’d seem really embarrassed and would blush if you mentioned it

They both seemed happy enough in their marriage but we all felt he used her as a bit of a door mat. He wasn’t violent or abusive in anyway but their world revolved around him and what he wanted to do with no room left for her to do what she wanted

In truth no one really liked him but we all put up with him because we felt a bit sorry for her when things started to go a bit south for them. We all knew something was wrong and thought he was taking the piss with what he started doing but she just seemed to put up with it

She said nothing when he found golf and spent most weekends away. Nothing when he quit his job in a moment of anger and nothing about his drinking becoming out of control and embarrassing or when he got into a fight in the pub and was then swore at her in front of everyone

Everyone thought that would be the final straw for her but yet again she said nothing; she also said nothing during the police interviews either apparently

She didn’t say why she’d done it, what had triggered her or how long the rage had been building up inside her

She didn’t say why she carried on stabbing him even after it must have been obvious he was dead.

And she didn’t say why she’d cut out his tongue and nailed it to the kitchen table either

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