She would make sure to arrive every morning to see Daniel off just before he got to work. It became a friendly morning ritual, but for the maid, it was much, much more.
In the beginning, he was pleased with her performance and thanked his lucky stars he’d found such a wonderful housekeeper to help. But it wasn’t long before things took a shocking turn.
He Had Done Everything Right
Having a stranger in your home while you’re away is uncomfortable at best and risky at worst. It requires a lot of trust from an employer – and Daniel had read the horror stories.
He thought he’d done everything right. He had asked friends and family for recommendations and had even called up her previous employers. There had been no warning signs… in the beginning.
32-year-old Daniel Evanson was an ambitious businessman. He was a workaholic who spent endless hours in his office refining business ideas for his company.
Daniel’s growing business was supporting over 100 employees, so he really needed reliable help at home. When he found Sarah, he thought he had hit the jackpot.
Daniel’s life was largely spent in the office. He hadn’t quite mastered the whole work-life balance thing. He was a bachelor and struggled to keep on top of his housework.
Needless to say, he was an extremely busy man. When his friends suggested that he hired a housekeeper, he thought it would be a good idea to take their advice.
Daniel held a series of carefully-screened interviews, but immediately had a good feeling about Sarah. She had glowing reviews and years of experience in the field.
The job was simple: a half-day position cleaning his house every day. Daniel lived alone and was offering a generous salary for someone to just keep his house looking presentable. Of course, he had no idea what she was really planning.
Weeks Go By
The first two weeks of having hired Sarah went perfectly. Daniel finally felt comfortable enough not to worry about what his housekeeper was doing while he was away. He loved coming home to an immaculate house and had no reason to worry.
Sarah followed all his instructions to the letter and even went above and beyond to make sure she was doing everything right. But, as soon as he let his guard down, everything changed.
Letting His Guard Down
Daniel had only just become comfortable with having a housekeeper in his home, but as soon as he let his guard down, things took a turn.
At first, it was small things – like noticing that Sarah started acting differently when he greeted her in the morning. But that wasn’t all.
Something Was Off
Daniel’s home became progressively less tidy as that week wore on. Trying to be understanding, he let a few things slide. After all, he knew everybody had bad days.
But what started as a couple of dishes left in the sink and a few items out of place escalated until he couldn’t ignore the warning signs any longer. He installed cameras and secretly watched her in horror as she used his house for her own personal affairs.
Daniel watched the screen with his jaw unhinged. He couldn’t believe what she was doing. His heart raced as anger washed over him.
When Daniel had hired Sarah as his housekeeper, he had no idea that she was hiding ulterior motives. She was young, pretty, and seemed harmless, but now he knew that wasn’t the case.
Daniel was greeted every morning by Sarah, who would arrive at his house just before he set out for work every morning.
She’d clean while he was away and was supposed to be gone by lunchtime, long before Daniel got home. Weeks passed with no problems. But soon, Daniel began to notice something strange.
Initially, her work was flawless, and he loved coming home to a clean house. She also left flowers in the house for him. It was a professional touch that he quickly got used to and loved seeing.
Little did he know, the flowers were far more than a professional touch. And they served as a subtle warning sign of what was to come.