There was talk among the residents of arson. A fire that began in the cane fields would make a straight path to the main house calculated Ms. Rose. Mr. Rightis had even mimicked the screams of Ms. Virginia as she burnt to death. The others had laughed but she could not find mirth in this dark humour. Then, it was suggested that some seeds of the castor plant find its way into her midday meal. Lex scathingly suggested that the oleander plants would be of better use if ingested by Ms. Virginia. His girlfriend, Sheila was frightened at the prospect of killing someone who was pregnant. But while they all wanted her dead, and fantasized about it, no one really wanted to go through with it. Too many loose ends. Too many weak links. There were other ways.
Shanette Monrose is a St Lucian secondary school teacher who teaches English language and literature.