This afternoon the doorbell rings, rent-a-kid runs to get it. I was in the office. Bit of layout... my office opens to the dining room on one wall, and to the hallway on the other, and you cannot see me in there unless you're in the room with me. Between the dining room and hallway is the living room and front door. I heard her go outside and close the door so I figured it was a friend of her's. Few minutes later I hear her come back in, and hear a female voice ask if she should take her shoes off (we don't wear outside shoes inside, there's a pile by the door). I go back to my reading, but as they talk I realize this is no friend of her's. This girl is going on about sending care packages to soldiers overseas. I stop reading, and just listen. Finally the kid understands that she's selling stuff, and tells her so sorry, I misunderstood you, I am not interested in this. No problem, how about the people you live with, maybe they'd be interested. She tells them she's the only one home. Oh, so is that your truck outside? Wow nice truck! Um, no that's just the extra truck it always sits there. Wow cool! So hey what's your country like? blah blah blah blah Hey well if your family isn't home maybe you could go call them and see if they might be intersted? At this point I can hear two things. One, the female voice is closer to the office than it was when she first came in, guessing she's made it halfway across the living room now. The other is that there's another person with her, and he's moving towards the hallway. Old wood floor... I know every inch of it and even I have to work to sneak through the house. There've been a few instances in town where "salespeople" have gotten into the house, then kept the homeowner (usually an elderly woman) talking while the other "salesperson" steals her purse off the table or sofa or wherever it was, so while I'm hearing this I'm pulling my Glock out of my desk drawer. This whole time, the female constantly talks, always asking questions, always working to keep the kid's attention on her. If the kid distracts... can hear it in her voice, kinda trails off like she's watching the other one, she gets louder and asks personal questions... what's your country like, do you have pets, how do you like school here. Just as I'm coming out of my seat as quietly as I'm still able to do these days and hoping my stinking knee doesn't go to popping like a 12 gauge, the kid finally asks person two where he is going. He says he was just looking at the photos on the wall.... where his voice was, no photos, he was between the rear office door and the bathroom door halfway down the hall. Then the female asks if she can write something down for "the family", asks if she can sit down at the dining room table. If you're in the dining room, you can't see the hall at all. I was just about to come out of the office and kick the pair out when the kid finally told them they needed to leave at once, that she wasn't supposed to have people in the house when she was home alone. Thankfully, they did an abrupt about face and headed out. The condensed version of the conversation that followed betwixt the kid and I is "WTF WTF WTF" and "NEVER LET SOMEONE YOU DON'T KNOW IN THE HOUSE!!!!" She told me she didn't realize that sort of thing happened in the US... it's quite common back home. I asked why she told them she was alone, she said she first thought if they realized it was only her and she had no money they'd go away. One thing I asked her, why didn't you holler for me to come? She said she knew I could hear what was going on, and figured that if something bad began to happen it would be better for me to surprise them than for them to be ready for me. (which was my thinking as well) "And you have all the guns in the world so I wasn't worried!" I'm gonna be pretty twitchy for a while though. Far as those two clowns know, if my truck is the only thing in the drive, the house is empty. Hoping they were just looking to snatch and split and not scoping for future B&E.