Kalinda moves a chair to face the door, loading her gun. She shoves it between the cushions, and folds her arms to wait. Somebody's going to die. Somebody already did.
Alicia kisses Grace goodbye; Zach asks her to stay. Just for pizza, not for symbolism. He's getting big. She steps out of the house, leaving her family behind. There's a Welcome mat beneath her feet; it still says Welcome. You can read it, either way, backwards or forwards, upside-down or right-side-up.
Kalinda watches the door, knowing that he'll knock. It'll sound like Leela, like history knocking on the door, but he's going to knock and then things are going to move very fast. Right now she's two women, like the cat in the box, but when he knocks it's just going to be one woman sitting there. Very small, very afraid. So afraid she'd burn the world down if she had to. And tonight, she realized that she does. He's going to knock, and things will move fast.
And then he does.
Alicia watches them set out their pizza, the three of them laughing, and looks down the street at her car, and then back at her family. She can't keep herself from smiling.
She is two women. One of them died.
One of them is still alive.
JACOB CLIFTON is a freelance writer and critic based in Austin, Texas. He currently recaps Gossip Girl, The Good Wife, Pretty Little Liars and True Blood for TWoP. Jacob can be found online at jacobclifton.com, on Twitter, and on Facebook. IRL work appears in BenBella's SmartPop series of anthologies, most recently A Friday Night Lights Companion and Fringe Science.