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Exercise to Death – part 4

If you’re just getting in on the story, you may want to read the first three parts before continuing.

Part 1 is here. | Part 2 is here. | Part 3 is here.

Exercise to Death - part 4

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Lillian was horrified by what Kurt told her. She sat dumbfounded in her chair staring at Kurt. From what Officer Reynolds had said, it was obvious to her that the police didn’t have this information. Why would Kurt not tell the cops about his relationship with the deceased if he’s saying that he didn’t kill him?

“Umm… Kurt,” she said with hesitation. “Did you tell the police about your relationship with the young man?” She sat rigid in her seat with her hands folded in her lap.

Kurt sat back fiddling with his fingers. His reluctance was conspicuous. Lillian uncrossed her ankles, felt for her house key in her front pocket, and stood.

“I need to get home. I have work to do for my boss. If I don’t get it done, he’ll be over to wring my neck. Thanks for the coffee break,” she said trying to keep the quiver out of her voice. He didn’t say a word and didn’t even rise from where he was sitting. Lillian walked out the deck door and let herself out through the gate.

Weird. That’s the only word for it, she said to herself as she hurried around the corner.

Arriving home, she poured herself a glass of milk in hopes of settling her nerves. After taking a few gulps, she called Reynolds knowing that he’d probably bawl her out for taking such a gamble with her life.

“Officer Reynolds. May I help you?” he said into the mouth piece.

She gingerly told he what she had learned and how she had acquired the information. There wasn’t any sound coming from the other end for a moment. She thought she hear a chuckle in the next moment. This isn’t a laughing matter.

“Ms. Crow, you do know that you shouldn’t have gotten yourself so involved in this, right?” He didn’t wait for a reply. Good thing because she wasn’t giving one. “Mr. Marshall called us this morning and told us about his relationship with the man. In addition, because of his call, we were able to find the suspect. To set your mind at ease, Ms. Crow, he did confess to the crime.”

Sitting in the kitchen after her call to the police station, she stared into space allowing curiosity to race through her mind. Although the crime was solved, her questions about what happened still weren’t answered. Coming back into her present reality, she filed her enquiries in the back of her mind for later contemplation.

The End

Comments? Let ‘em rip. 😀


20 comments on “Exercise to Death – part 4

  1. Kate Loveton

    A satisfying ending, Glynis, assuring us that things (and people) are not always what they seem (at least not initially). I am glad Mr. Marshall turned out to be innocent.

    I rather like Lillian, little snoop that she is. Perhaps she resurface in a future tale? I hope so.


    • Glynis Jolly

      I’m glad you enjoyed the story. It seems that there are a few of my readers who like Lillian enough to see her in another story. I’m working on it. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Great mystery, Glynis. Kept us going there until the end. Very interesting read.


  3. Let's CUT the Crap!

    So Mr. Marshall fessed up to the police, the guilty party was found and confessed but I see Ms. Crow isn’t done with her snooping. 😀 😀 😀 Good mystery.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Cat

    This is really well written, my eyes just glided over the words… a rare event for me! It still leaves me wondering about Lillian’s unanswered questions and whether they “indeed” have the right person for the murder. I don’t believe she’s just nosy and jumping to conclusions, she didn’t come across as so scatty. Only one slight prob with the words “he confessed to the crime” you have typed “confused” rather than confessed. 🙂 Nice job

    Liked by 1 person

    • Glynis Jolly

      Actually Cat, I was wrong and so were you. The word should be ‘confess’. (…he did confess to the crime.) Still, I wouldn’t have caught it so thank you very much. 😀

      BTW, I sent you an email (gmail).


      • Cat

        I was being rather pedantic, but just proves I pay attention in class 🙂

        I didn’t receive any email, Glynis, and I checked my spam tin, but nothing. Can you resend it?

        Liked by 1 person

        • Glynis Jolly

          I’m glad you caught my error, Cat. You did it with tact, which is a way I always receive criticism well. 😀

          I’ll resend it. 😉

          Liked by 1 person

          • Cat

            I still haven’t received it


            • Glynis Jolly

              Just sent you another email with the one you should have gotten.


              • Cat

                Thank you and I just sent you one this morning (Monday)

                Liked by 1 person

  5. Dan Antion

    Ok, relief at last. Although, I have this feeling that Lillian will eventually find a way to get herself into trouble 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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