He went through his pocket and pulled up a bunch of keys. “Here it is. I’m sure mom’s old keys would work just fine.”
I followed him, biting in one of my nails. “Did your mom have a dog? A black dog?” I asked from behind. Phillip reached the front gate that was unlocked and stepped in the narrow yard. “No. Actually, we had a dog when I was little, but he passed away long ago. Why do you ask?” He jiggled the key in the keyhole. “This might take a little wile,” he continued not waiting for my answer. I was curious. “Why?”
But right that second, I heard the “click.”
“You did it,” I said ready to get in the house.
The man pushed the handle, but the door didn’t open.
“What’s wrong with it?” He leaned his shoulder into the door to force it. In vain.
“Maybe it didn’t unlock properly,” I suggested. That idea only made things worst. I heard Phillip curse. “Don’t tell me how to unlock my own door.” When he looked at me, I saw he was sorry for the burst of anger. “Forgive me, I shouldn’t take this on you.”
“It’s all right.”
I let him deal with the door and walked to the back of the house. There was a lot of old stuff and construction items pilled on top of each other, chairs, shelves, timber and I managed to make my way alongside the wall. There was a side door I’ve never seen before because of the heap of stuff. I tried it. It was locked.
Phillip was still trying to figure it out why the front door wouldn’t open, even though it was unlocked.
“Maybe something inside it’s blocking it,” I said coming closer. “Hey, listen, do you happen to have a key for the side door?”
My neighbor gave up on his project and walked by me to the door I was talking about.
“I don’t have the key, but I know where to find it.”
He stretched his arm to get his hand in the gutter on top of the door. “We kept this door locked all the time. Here is the key.”
The key was covered in rust. “It will be a miracle if this would work,” I commented. Phillip didn’t mind my words. He started whistling, as the door cracked with a sound.
“What were you saying, Sophie?”