“Preparations for the Party”
~~~Shamrock Pub -Bar -7:37 pm (GMT) ~~~
Miles, Jacob, and Carl sit at the bar.
“When do you intend to tell Shane?” asks Carl
“When he turns sixteen.” Miles says, downing a shot of whiskey.
“What if he becomes suspicious?” asks Jacob
“If he starts guessing at a young age I’ll tell him.” Miles says
“What about Jayne?’ asks Carl, “What’s your relationship’s state?”
“It’s over.” Miles says, “I plan to return to the states in a couple weeks, then we are getting a divorce.”
“But legally you don’t get Shane.” Carl says
“Jayne doesn’t know that Al Black is his father… if she did, Shane would be sitting in The Black Estate with Algernon and Jayne…” Miles pours another shot of whiskey from the bottle, “Unless…” his face lights up, “I stay married to Jayne.”
“Jayne won’t stay with you.” Carl says
“Not unless she wants her reputation ruined.” Miles smirks
“Blackmail?” Jacob raises an eyebrow as the bartender sets a martini in front of him
“You could say ‘blackmail’.” Miles smirks, he turns to the bartender, “Lime margarita.”
“Celebrating anything special?” the bartender asks
“Oh yes.” Miles smirks
~~~Lead Funeral Home -Unit 3 -7:39 pm~~~
Reverend Olivine observes the mourners as they pass Sebastian’s coffin. Mrs. Rivers and Mrs. Lilac enter and sit on the sofa near the door. Shane is standing with some older people.
Reverend Olivine goes to the lobby, he takes his cell phone out of his pocket. He dials a number.
“Inspector Brown?” Reverend Olivine says as the phone is picked up on the other end, “All of the immediate family is hardly saddened by Sebastian’s death. Is there something I need to know about this death?”
“The killer had an accomplice.” Inspector Brown says in a low voice, “It’s obvious, all of the suspect’s alibis fit together like a puzzle. I had to trick Candice into revealing herself as the killer.” Inspector Brown sighs, “We need to let the case rest until more information comes to light.”
Reverend Olivine closes his cell phone and puts it in his pocket, running his fingers along the pistol in his pocket…
~~~Lake Michigan- Pier-1:40 pm (CST) ~~~
Inspector Silverson and Detective Pine walk back to their car.
“So this anonymous sea captain actually has a name.” Inspector Silverson says as they approach the car, “Captain Roland Mist.”
“A he was a compulsive gambler?” Detective Pine asks as he sits in the passenger seat.
“Indeed.” Inspector Silverson says, “And if he’s not the man Vera saw last night, then who is?”
~~~Downtown Chicago-Street -1:42 pm ~~~
Mr. Yale walks with his hands in his pocket. Mrs. Maraschino stalks closely behind him. Mr. Yale continues to walk, noticing her following him. He reaches in his pocket and grips his jack knife. Mr. Yale walks into the next alley and waits against the stone wall, waiting for her. She arrives and he pulls on his jack knife. Chelsea sprays him with pepper spray, the knife hits the ground and falls under a dumpster. He staggers backwards. Chelsea grabs a frayed rope from the ground and corners him…
~~~Peacock Residence Grounds -Outside the Gate House -1:44 pm~~~
Senator Peacock draws his gun out of his pocket and pushes in the Gate House door. Colonel Mustard follows Senator Peacock inside. Across grounds at the Tennis Courts, the sea captain, Captain Roland Mist, walks around, looking at the mansion.
“So this is where the tramp lives.” He chuckles to himself
~~~Downtown Chicago -Outside Brunette Café -1:45 pm~~~
Miss Peach and Professor Plum walk in the direction of The Drake.
“I don’t think I’ll ever see her again.” Miss Peach says as fresh tears form in her eyes
“Emily, don’t cry.” Professor Plum says, “Your mother will be fine. How about you come with me to the Peacock Residence. Vera is having a welcome home party.”
“Vera?” asks Miss Peach
“Vera Scarlet… didn’t you meet her?” asks Professor Plum
“Briefly.” Miss Peach says
“So do you want to come?” asks Professor Plum
“I guess there’s nothing else to do… we’ve filed a missing person report.” Miss Peach says, “What time?”
“Seven thirty.” Professor Plum says, “Dress casual, it’s nothing elaborate; just a welcome home from the hospital party…”
~~~Peacock Residence -Alice’s Bedroom -1:46 pm~~~
“Daniel, help me with this.” Mrs. Peacock calls the butler who is in the hallway. Mrs. Peacock is wearing a full length blue dress with green sequences.
“Daniel!” she yells
Mr. Tenné enters and helps her zip up the back of her dress.
“Be a dear and fix up another guest room, heaven knows who else might decide to stay the night.” Mrs. Peacock puts in her sapphire earrings
“I’ve already fixed up all the guest rooms on the third floor.” Mr. Tenné says
“And?” Mrs. Peacock crosses her arms
“Don’t you think that’s enough?” Mr. Tenné asks
Mrs. Peacock turns to her vanity and selects a string of pearls.
“If I thought you fixed up enough guest rooms I wouldn’t have asked you to fix up one more.” Mrs. Peacock adjusts her hair, “Don’t I look beautiful?” she primps, “Daniel?” She turns to see he has already left
~~~Downtown Chicago -Alley -1:47 pm~~~
Mrs. Maraschino stands up and walks back to the street, blending in with the pedestrians. Mr. Yale lays with the rope tied around his neck, his eyes looking towards a pile of boxes and debris… more so at a wrinkled hand hanging out of one of the large boxes…
TO BE CONTINUED