Newlyweds Joseph and Janine Devinsky are en route to their honeymoon in Glendale when Janine begins to experience abdominal pains. Chuckling at this timely opportunity to realize his wedding vows, Joseph veers off the road and pulls up to what can only be described as a small, cabin-like cottage. Un...
<p>Newlyweds Joseph and Janine Devinsky are en route to their honeymoon in Glendale when Janine begins to experience abdominal pains. Chuckling at this timely opportunity to realize his wedding vows, Joseph veers off the road and pulls up to what can only be described as a small, cabin-like cottage. Under the light of a brilliant full moon, Joseph rushes his wife to the quaint, wooden door and prays for a little old-fashioned hospitality.</p>
<p>Joseph’s three, light knocks echo through the house several times over. Much to the couple’s relief, an older gentleman soon answers the door and, concerned for the stranded pair, invites them inside. He introduces himself as Wilbert and his plump, smiling wife as Cathy. The friendly hosts cluck at Janine’s apparent pain and immediately offer the youthful couple a spare bedroom where they can stay until morning.</p>
<p>The tight room – just large enough to fit a single, king-sized mattress – is made even smaller by the hazy layer of mist that clouds the tiny window. Feeling claustrophobic, Janine asks her husband to leave the door open while she rests. Joseph dutifully obeys her request and returns to the living room to more appropriately introduce himself.</p>
<p>Over a steaming cup of chamomile tea, Joseph learns that Wilbert is a pharmacist and that Cathy has spent her life caring for their home. Oddly enough, however, neither can seem to recall exactly when they moved into the cottage. In fact, the longer Joseph visits with his hosts, the more apparent it becomes that Wilbert and Cathy do not treat the home as their own; both tread lightly around the room with the hesitance of guests. Soon, their comfortable conversation flows past this peculiarity, and Joseph writes their quirks off as the products of old age.</p>
<p>The rest of night goes by uneventfully, and Joseph wakes the next morning to see the same persistent fog. Concerned that the haze may prevent them from driving into town in search of a medical professional, he wakes his wife. To his relief, she tells him the pain has withdrawn and she is now, “even better than before.” The pair agrees to postpone their travels until the mist has made its way elsewhere.</p>
<p>Soon after getting dressed, the couple realize Chi, Wilbert and Cathy’s ironically young pup, has been standing in the doorway for who knows how long. Joseph shuffles around the mutt on his way to the kitchen, but Janine pauses fo...