Darlene watched as the FBI agents speed-walked to their car. Myrtle sat in silence, which was not characteristic of her. Two car doors slammed and the engine rumbled to life. Darlene stared at the empty curbside and contemplated what the message meant.
“What was that about? Mulroney seemed happier than a cat in a henhouse,” Myrtle said.
Darlene glanced at Myrtle. She leaned forward, eager for a tidbit of information. “Oh, uh, it was just a paper I found.”
Darlene shook her head. “It doesn’t matter. Well, I have some errands to do.” Darlene stood and headed toward the door.
Myrtle didn’t budge. “You’re hiding something and I’m going to find out what it is,” she said with a crooked index finger pointed at her.
Darlene sighed. “Okay, I found it in Jeff Weissman’s pocket.”
Myrtle gasped. “Why, that man’s been dead for eight years!”
“He’s dangerous. I heard that he and your daddy- Can I see the paper?”
“He and daddy what?”
Myrtle shook her head. “May not be a shred of truth to it.”
“I gave the paper to Mulroney.”
“I know you kept a copy.”
Darlene studied Myrtle for several seconds. She couldn’t possibly know. She had to be bluffing.
“It’s in your pocket,” Myrtle said and nodded toward her outstretched hand.
Darlene slid the paper out of her pocket and Myrtle’s bony fingers snatched it from her.
Myrtle read the paper.
Talked to AMY and MEG is ready to be courted. SAM will greet this BOY. TTL.– JAW
“It’s a coded message,” Myrtle said with an edge of excitement in her voice. “I want to help!”
“Oh, no, no… I couldn’t possibly drag you into-”
“This is the door for me to get back in.”
“You’ve worked an investigation before?” Darlene said, doubt hanging on every word.
“Well, just my scoundrel husband-”
“I caught him red-handed with Betsy Williams. He never saw me coming.”
“Please tell me you didn’t…”
Myrtle winked. “Rockford Peach, 1954.”
This is my response to the Trifecta weekly challenge, which is to write a 33 to 333-word response (mine is 332) using the following word/definition: DOOR: a means of access or participation : opportunity <opens new doors> <door to success>
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This continues Darlene’s story. I finally created a separate page so you can read all of Darlene’s story in one sitting. (Thanks for the suggestion, Widdershins!) Click here for Darlene’s Story page.