Elaine used to be a well-known journalist who has published many influential articles and has a bright future. But her husband, Kathy, tired of big city life, moved out of New York with Elaine to rural New Hampshire.
Elaine wanted to make money by writing novels, but when she arrived in a new place, she lost inspiration and couldn't write a word. Casey's new company was also struggling, and the two's savings continued to dwindle. The couple kept arguing about this, and recently they started to fight. Elaine couldn't help but wonder if she chose to leave the city, did she make a mistake?
Just then, an editor asked Elaine to write an article about the local customs of New Hampshire, and Elaine happily agreed.
After making all the preliminary preparations, Elaine drove to the Lasso restaurant in town, where she wanted to interview Jensen, the owner and chef of the restaurant.
It was only six in the morning, but the restaurant was already full of people. A strong bald man was working by the grill, talking to the guests, and it was the Jason Elaine was looking for. Elaine found a seat and sat down, quietly listening to other guests chatting, and in just a few minutes waiting for breakfast, she heard several interesting gossip.
After eating a delicious breakfast, Elaine carefully took out his business card and handed it to Jensen, asking, "Would you like to be interviewed?" You know, Elaine has interviewed bankers and congressmen, but when Jensen looked at When she was there, her heart was pounding so nervously.
Jason stared at Elaine in confusion: "There are so many restaurants around here, why do you want to interview me?"
Elaine pointed to the noisy crowd: "You're always full here, there must be a lot of fun between the boss and the guests. What happened, right?"
Jensen smiled: "There are too many people dining now, come back at 10:30."
So, Elaine drove home and found that there were still three hours before 10:30, she sighed , sitting on the sofa, rubbed the right cheek that was blued by Casey, and the scenes of the past appeared in front of him.
When I first met Casey, he was so gentle and charming, that Elaine would never have imagined that she would encounter domestic violence. On the day of the first beating, Elaine was drenched in a heavy rain while out. She returned home in a state of embarrassment, leaving the ground covered with water. When Elaine walked out of the bathroom after taking a shower, she found that Casey had come back early. Holding Elaine's wet clothes in his hand, he roared viciously, "I've been on a business trip so hard, working hard for my family, and when I get home, I see your wet clothes, making a mess of the carpet I paid for!" After speaking, without waiting for Elaine to explain, he punched her.
Elaine didn't tell anyone about it, her pride wouldn't allow her, and Kathy promised never to do it again. The next few months were really peaceful, until Elaine was beaten by Kathy again because she was late for dinner; another time because she didn't iron her shirt...
Elaine felt sad the more she thought about it, she wiped her face , to see that the interview time is approaching, and then drove to the Laisuo restaurant again.
There were not many people in the restaurant this time, and it was very quiet. Jensen spoke eloquently, telling Elaine that he had worked for the government for three decades and had come here four years ago because it was his hometown. Jensen took a sip of coffee and said, "After working for so many years, it's a relief to leave the government. At least my clients don't think about stabbing me in the back. They're all sincere people."
Elaine took a quick note. , asked: "So you think your guests are good people?"
Jensen smiled: "I can't guarantee that..."
Elaine asked again: "So, what exactly do you do in the government?"
Jensen's The smile disappeared: "Oh, all kinds of things, all kinds of things, it's boring."
Obviously, he was avoiding the question. Elaine took a deep breath and pulled a report from the folder. The report refers to a congressional address a few years ago, and in the photo is a CIA agent sitting in the witness box. Although he has more hair and more well-dressed, it is obviously Jensen. Elaine asked, "What do you do at the CIA?"
Jensen said coldly, "Sorry, no comment."
Elaine put the report back and pulled out two more sheets: "There's also a report and a photo about you in Afghanistan. You're there on various classified military missions and you're part of a special branch. That's a team of killers, right?"
Jensen hummed: "The interview is over, you should go." Elaine took another breath and took out another four pieces of paper: "Here are four Obituary, these four people have died in the past 18 months, and they are all regulars at Laisou Restaurant."
Jensen's eyes widened and he fell silent. Elaine continued: "As far as I know, they were all in their 40s and 50s, able-bodied, with no history of disease, and they were just... dead, all four died of heart failure, what a coincidence? ?"
Seeing that Jensen still didn't speak, Elaine sighed: "There is one thing in common, they all have a criminal record, abusing wives, or children." She lowered her voice: "How did you choose, yes Did you hear it when it was full in the morning? Hearing people talking about who abused their wife and how to get away with it... And you couldn't stand it, so you decided to do something, right?"
Jason looked at Elaine and suddenly laughed: "Are you trying to extort? What do you want? Eggs, bacon, or money?"
Elaine picked up a wet tissue and gently wiped the makeup off her right cheek and eye area. The scars from being beaten by her husband Kathy gradually revealed. come out. "I need your help," she whispered through tears.
It turned out that while preparing for the interview, Elaine discovered Jensen's secret: the murder spy became the omelet master, and then turned into the terminator of domestic violence. She was excited at first, because the story was sure to sell, but as she struggled to come up with the story, she sprained her arm by Kathy because she didn't fill the car in time. So, she changed her mind.
Jason put the paper back in the folder and said, "I admire your investigation, but I'm sorry, I can't." Then he stood up and made a gesture to let Elaine go: "Whatever you want. How to write, but I suggest you do a little more research. We the blissful do more than you think."
In the weeks that followed, Elaine was beaten twice more. She was mistreated so suspiciously that she even felt that in order to prevent her from escaping, Kathy hired someone to watch over her.
In the manuscript sent to the editor, Elaine did not mention Jensen's secret, and the story was naturally much duller, and the editor said that it would be published in a few months. Elaine doesn't care anymore. In order not to be beaten, she redoubles her efforts to do housework. But her mental state was getting worse and worse. When she came home after going out several times, she found that the door was unlocked, and she couldn't help but feel a little desperate. When will she be unable to bear it and go crazy?
It was Casey's rest day. He sat leisurely on the sofa and pointed to the letters on the dining table: "It seems that the letters have not been divided." Elaine said quickly, "I will go to divide
them right away." There's catalogs, bills, ads for used cars... hey, what's this? Elaine took a closer look and saw that it was a light blue plate from the Lessau restaurant. The envelope read: "Special blue plate." The time, menu items were listed on it, and at the bottom it was written: "If there is this thing, Husband can eat for free."
Elaine's heart beat violently, didn't Jason refuse that day? No, he seems to have said something else. She hurried to find the notebook from that day's interview, and Jensen's last words were: We blissful people do more than you think.
What does it mean? Elaine's heart beat faster after searching the Internet.
This quote, from a famous novel, was said by a CIA spy: "We blissful people do more than you think. We pay attention, we study, we scout, we don't give up halfway. Our goal is to Unless someone deserves it, he will never be our target."
Elaine suddenly realized, the strange feeling of being watched, the door that was supposed to be locked was not locked... This is all because Jensen is investigating! She walked up to Casey and handed him the blue plate along with the Lassou ad, with a sincere smile on her face: "Go and try it, it's free. It's going to be fun."
Casey Looking at her, she shrugged: "Okay, are you sure?"
Elaine smiled and nodded: "Of course."