“Who’s in Charge Now?”
~~~Boddy Mansion-Spare Bedroom-1:13 am~~~
Miles shouts angrily at Mr. Ash, “If you ever get in the same room as my wife again, I swear I will kill you!”
“I was only doing my job.” Mr. Ash says, without flinching
“Your job!” Mr. Meadow-Brooke fumes, “Your job is to tidy up the mansion, not occupy the bed my wife is in!”
“I was only obeying a guest’s orders.” Mr. Ash remains firm
“What if she would have told you to rob a bank? Jump off a bridge?” Mr. Meadow-Brooke says, “Here, I’m a guest and here’s my orders: go sleep in the servants quarters!”
Mr. Ash nods and leaves the room.
~~~Boddy Mansion-Hallway outside the Spare Bedroom-1:14 am~~~
Mrs. Meadow-Brooke sobs as Mr. Ash passes. Her hand is on her redden cheek. Miles enters the hallway. Jayne looks away.
“You disgusting little tramp!” he slaps her again, “How dare you do something of that vulgar!” Mrs. Meadow-Brooke prevents herself from crying, “If I ever hear that you are cheating on me again… I’ll……” Mr. Meadow-Brooke stops, “Our marriage will end!”
“Miles I’m sorry.” She says only to get the back of his hand to her face.
“You’ll be even more sorry when I get solid evidence that you are sleeping with Algernon Black.” Miles says
Blood rushes to Jayne’s face, “What did you say?” she asks in a stern voice, gaining her confidence
“You heard me!” Miles says, “I’m not that naïve!”
“Sir Black is a friend of mine.” Jayne says, “You… you should be ashamed for accusing me of being with him!”
“I am a lawyer, Jayne, I only accuse the most blatant things I see, and this…… this is one of them.” Miles says
~~~O’Hare Airport-Dock 23 -1:30 am~~~
Sir Black reads a newspaper. The door opens and first class is called. Sir Black gets up and enters
~~~Airplane-First Class section -1:50 am~~~
Sir Black buckles his seat belt and sits back.
The attendant speaks, “We will be landing in Dublin in twelve hours. Sit back, relax, and enjoy your flight.”
“Ireland, sweet Ireland.” Sir Black falls asleep.
~~~Michael Reese-Waiting Room -2:00 am~~~
“I’m going to take Michael back to the mansion.” Mr. Boddy says to Mrs. Peacock who is still in shock
Just then a doctor comes with a stern look on his face.
“Oh no.” John gulps
“It seems that after Vera argued with the nurse, the nurse, under stress must have given her an overdose on a sedative.” The doctor says
“Is she going to be alright?” asks Mrs. Peacock
“We’ll know more by tomorrow.” The doctor says
“Dr. Bisque, will she die?” asks Mrs. Peacock
“We really don’t know.” Dr. Bisque says, “But there is a good chance. Why don’t you all go home, get some rest and we’ll call you first thing in the morning.”
Mrs. Peacock takes a tissue and wipes her eyes, “Yes, I guess rest would be the best thing.”
Dr. Bisque puts his arm around Mrs. Peacock, “Vera will pull through this.” Mrs. Peacock smiles
“Thank you doctor.” She says walking over to Colonel Mustard and Mr. Boddy
~~~Green Estate-Study -2:04 am~~~
Nurse Tennre and Thallo Green are talking. Mr. Green sits behind his desk. Nurse Tennre relaxing in an overstuffed armchair.
“So you drugged Vera?” Thallo asks lighting his cigar
“Yes, but she’ll be conscious, it only knocks her out for a couple hours.” Nurse Tennre rolls her eyes.
“Well, Maple, as long as you keep drugging the rich patients and if you pay my son a visit tonight, you’ll make even more money than you already have.” He hands her an envelope
She takes it and looks inside, “Fifty thousand dollars? Just for drugging someone?”
“Not just someone!” Mr. Green says, “Someone involved in the James Scarlet murder.”
~~~Green Estate-Mr. Yale’s Bedroom -2:10 am~~~
Mr. Yale ices his eye, which is bruised.
“Stupid double crossing nurse!” he says putting the ice pack on his bed. He goes to his bathroom. Turning on the light, he looks at himself in the mirror.
“Don, look at yourself, you’ve made a big mistake!” he sighs feeling his shagged chin. He opens a drawer, “It’s too late to back out now. They’ll kill me if I leave the mob… unless.” He takes a straight razor out of the drawer, “Unless the mob leaves me.”
~~~Boddy Mansion Grounds-Front Porch-2:15 am~~~
Jayne Meadow-Brooke comes down the steps with her coat on and a suitcase in her hand.
“Don’t you dare walk away from me!” Miles shouts following her.
“Miles, it’s over.” Jayne says, “You’ve abused me for the last time.”
“Jayne.” He grabs her by the back of the neck and turns her to him, “It’s not over until I say it’s over!” She drops her suitcase
Jayne grabs a croquet mallet from leaning against the hedges and wields it at Miles. It hits him in the stomach. He grabs his stomach. Miles leaps towards her only to be met by the mallet to his face. Miles hits the ground.
“Oh God, what have I done?” she gasps. She quickly grabs her suitcase and heads towards the garage…
TO BE CONTINUED