The family gathered near the fireplace after the last rites of the matriarch were completed. The preferences she had shown in her less-than-ideal conduct during her lifetime, were evident in the distribution of wealth.
The siblings looked at the remnants of affection melting away in that fire. She had never been fair – in life or death. The embers of hatred glowed in the dark, as each imagined the worst.
She had transferred animosity, along with family assets.