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Samantha was in her kitchen, savoring her second cup of coffee while reading the morning paper. It was that moment of quiet that she treasured most. Ashley had left for the university. He taught a 9 o’clock class. Those were few hours she used to organize and plan the rest of the day. She sometimes ran errands, did the laundry or called her friend Courtney to chit-chat. The day was hers till 3 pm when Ashley usually dropped by for an hour or so before returning for his Graduate Seminar or to supervise the students working under him for their doctorates.
There was a knock on the front door. Samantha first ignored it, thinking it to be a door-to-door salesman or someone looking for donations to some charity. Why would they come so early in the morning? Ashley and Samantha owned a charming, medium-sized, colonial house just outside the campus. The closest neighbors were about twenty feet away. There were no reported robberies or vandalism in the vicinity. Still it’s better to be careful, she thought. It was broad day light and she knew Courtney would be at home. In case she shouted she would be within hearing range. Her mind was occupied by thoughts that strange things could occur in unsuspected places.