Arnold set his hat by the door and nearly tripped over a pair of black leather size 10s. “Why are there–Whose shoes are these?”
“They ain’t mine,” Cannibal Sherman said, his voice resounding from the kitchen. “Ask Brett.” Brett Krinkins had been the one to send out the invitations–it was his house, but he was nowhere to be found.
Arnold untied his laces. Judging by the state of the shoes in front of him, he imagined he was the only one around who still did so. The backs were broken down and the only set whose knotted bows weren’t still intact was the glossy black pair by his foot.
“Sorry, hon, nobody’s really that helpful around here. Let me grab your jacket.” Britt was the older sibling of the Krinkins pair. “You might as well be talking to the walls.
“Whose shoes are these!” she bellowed from the well-lit foyer. She wasn’t asking a question anymore; she had turned it into a demand for an answer.
Arnold stepped back slightly.
“Quit yelling,” Brett called down the hallway. “If we don’t know whose they are, we can just cut them both in half.”
Britt’s face wrinkled in a mixture of confusion and exasperation as her brother clomped down the wooden corridor. “You do know that’s not how that works, right? It only works if people are fighting over the item. You don’t just hack stuff in half and expect to solve the problem.”
“I do,” Brett said, stepping into the entryway, his arms full of cheese wedges and a colorful mix of soda cans. “And it does.” He handed the cans to his sister. “It got people to stop leaving their crap at my house. Take these into the kitchen please,” he said to her, picking up the shoes.
She took the soda reluctantly, somehow managing to hang onto all of the cans and Arnold’s coat. “Why on earth do we let you host? You can’t just misapply one solution to everything you see and expect it to fix the issue!”
“I haven’t been finding tacky bakeware in my kitchen anymore,” Brett said. “As far as I’m concerned, the problem was solved.”
“That’s the problem with you; you get one tool and you use it on the world! When all you have is Solomon’s logic, suddenly everything looks like a baby.”
“The better to avoid kid-sitting duties, my dear.” As he turned the shoes over in his hands, he felt a palm on his shoulder; he spun around to see Abrams’ somewhat irate visage inches from his face.
“They’re mine, thanks.”
Britt shook her head and strode off toward the kitchen.