January 12/365

For Mary Margaret’s entire life, Nann had run her own house. There had been a husband, of course – James Finn, housepainter, golfer, almost twenty years older than his bride. From all exterior accounts the marriage had been no more difficult than average. Three children were born: two daughters and the baby, Jim Junior. While JJ was still in diapers, James Finn set a ladder over a yellow jacket nest while painting a house in Amity. He didn’t know anything was wrong until he stepped on the first rung, the ladder sank into the ground, and the colony exploded….

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