Betrayals and Funerals – 34

Insomnia had become a close friend of mine since the beginning of the trial so I’d taken to staying up at night poring over my law books.
This particular night though, my mind wandered and began asking questions that I’d previously overlooked.
First of all, why had Ruby been using a fake name?
What had she hoped to gain from that?
I sat down with the file that Charlie the firm’s investigator had compiled on Eleanor Bright. I hadn’t taken more than a perfunctory glance at it since I’d picked it from Del’s office.
Now I read it from beginning to the end, noting down important things.
It interested me to know that Ruby had been a stripper in a nightclub in Arkansas, yet she’d managed to pay for a house as big as the one she’d been living in here in New York.
She’d no known job during the time she’d moved to New York, except the photo shoots she’d done for my husband’s company.
So, my question is; who’d been financing her? Someone had to be, because we’d found an offshore account with hundreds of thousands of dollars in it. Such money hadn’t come from work, nor her parents, because her mother who’d raised her was dead. She’d no known relative.

Although it was nearly 2am, I picked up my phone and dialled Charlie.
He answered on the third ring.
“Charles Cates here.” He sounded groggy.
“Hi Charlie, its Kemi. Sorry to wake you at this time but I have some questions about the Eleanor Bright file.”
“Shoot.”
“Did you talk to anyone at the strip club?”
“Yes. The manager and several others. I posed as a VIP customer. What you wanna know?”
“Did they tell you why she left? She give any reasons?”
He hesitated. “They said she told them she got another gig somewhere. Something better that paid more.”
“She give any details?”
“None that I know of,” He said. “It seems she was cagey about the new gig.”
“Cagey, huh?” I took a sip of coffee from my Thermos.
“Yes, their words.”
“What about her phone records?”
“I included that in the file.”
“You sure? ‘Cos I can’t see anything on that.”
“I’m pretty sure I did.”
“Well, it isn’t here. Maybe it slipped out. So please indulge me.”
“How about I fax another copy of the phone records to you, right now.?”
“Oh, that would be lovely. At least I can let you go back to bed then.”
“Yes.”
“Thank you Charlie.”

I hung up and while waiting for the fax, I went through the file again; perhaps I’d missed the phone records the first time.
It wasn’t there.

I sat back to think. So, Ruby had gotten a strange job offer with a bigger pay which needed her to be in New York. Yet all the while she’d been in New York, she had no job.
So what was that gig? I knew something was missing. The problem was what.

The fax came in and I hurried over to it. I took out the paper and scanned the phone records.
It turned out that over the past six months, Ruby had made several calls to two major numbers.
Mo’s and another number.

I picked my phone and dialled the second number. I got an ‘out of service’ reply. Strange.
Ruby had made several calls to this number and received as well. So why out of service?
I knew I had to disturb Charlie again tonight. I called him back, this time he sounded more alert than before.
“I owe you big, Charlie.” I said, as soon as he answered.
“I know. What do you need?”
“The other number that appears so many times on her phone records, you know who it belongs to?”
“Your husband?”
I sighed. “Not that one. The second one.”
“Oh, that. I checked it out. It’s registered to a John Smith.”
I scoffed. “John Smith? That’s like John Doe!!
“Exactly.” He said. “I investigated further; apparently John Smith is an alias. He doesn’t exist officially.”
“Crap.”
“I know the feeling ma’am. But there’s something interesting I think you’ll find on the phone records. It could be good news.”
“Tell me.”
“The last call she made before she died was to your husband…”
“Yes?”
“She made four calls to him that evening. Three before his phone went dead. He answered one, two went unanswered and the last one went to voicemail.”
“Yes?”
“The last call began by 8:10 and ended by 8:35. However, it went into voicemail.”
“Wait, the estimated time of death was between 8 and 9pm. So, you’re saying she made a call to my husband within that period?”
“Yes. Either she left a voice mail message or she left the phone connected while her killer was around.”
“So, are you saying it’s possible she recorded her murder?” I was getting excited now, this was the best news I’d heard in ages.
“It’s a probability. I’m not sure though, but to make sure, we’ll have to find your husband’s phone and check it. Does he know where it is?”
“Er… no. He lost it when he was hit on the head. But, Charlie if what you’re saying is true…”I gasped.
“I know what you’re thinking.”
“Oh my God! Thank you Charlie! Thank you!” I quivered with happiness.
“Don’t get your hopes high. If we don’t find the phone we’ll never know.” Even though he tried to sound gloomy, I knew he’d contracted my optimism.
“But are you really sure of the voice mail thing?”
“Simply put Kemi, she was making a phone call when her killer walked in on her. Either she didn’t have time to hang up or her killer seized it from her but for reasons unknown, left it connected.”
“Oh my!” It was becoming more real every second.
“Let me get some rest Kemi. For Chrissakes, you should too. You sound like a woman having an orgasm.”
I smiled. “Okay Charlie. I get the hint. I’ll let you sleep now. Thank you so much, you’ve been a darling.”

After hanging up this time, a sudden tiredness overcame me and I fell asleep on the couch. That night I dreamed of Mo’s release.
By the time I woke up the next day, I knew what I had to do.
Operation Phone Hunting.



31 thoughts on “Betrayals and Funerals – 34” by Mimiadebayo (@Mimiadebayo)

  1. kemi,abeg o be careful and cautious cos the killer might just be your best friend.nice work,mimi.waiting for the next episode

    1. Oh @Fado so I am not the only one thinking like that?

      1. @Nalongoyou’re not the only one thinking like that ooh. Lol.
        Thanks a lot for reading dear.
        Please do makeime to read my qualifying series on Tunde Leye’s blog. I’ve beenshortlisted for the WriteRight2 competition, but I needur vote to win.Thanks a million.

    2. @folayan thank you for reading. Let’s see how it goes. Meanwhile, I’m glad to inform y’all that I’ve been shortlisted for the Write Right 2 competition but I’ll need your special vote to win. The first part of my series ‘Fate’s Store’ will be out tomorrow on Tunde Leye’s blog. Please do follow the series through and vote for it. Thank you!

  2. Hmmmmmmmmmmmm, did is rily nice and captivating. I tink is sum1 close 2 dem. Del ‘tinking’. 35 plzzzzzzz

    1. @vicky thank you for reading. Keep your fingers crossed.
      I’d really love if you vote for my series on Tunde Leye’s blog titled “Fate’s Store”
      Apart from the fact that its a captivating read, I need your vote to win.
      Thank you!

  3. Predictions will just make @mimiadebayo keep twisting the story.
    Anyway, the more twisted, the more interesting.
    Well done ma.

    1. @bunmiril aah! You know me so well! Hehehe.
      Thanks a lot for following the series thru.I appreciate it.
      I’d also appreciate it if you visit Tunde Leye’s blog tomorrow to read my qualifying series “Fate’s Store” and vote for the story if you love it.
      Your vote is special and could make me win.
      Thank you!

  4. nice one again….. keep it going or better said coming.

    1. Thank you for reading @Fadehan I appreciate

  5. @Mimiadebayo just caught up again, love how the story is developing, you are getting real good at this, can’t wait to see how you reveal the killer

    1. Thank you sir! @dkny111 You’re far too kind. Thanks for reading!

  6. Still waiting….When will this thing finish nah?

    1. Ahn ahn @praize be patient nah.
      Infact lemme tell you a lil secret…know what? Don’t worry, you’ll find out soon enough anyway.

      Thank you for patiently reading.

      Now may I please ask for you to help me win Write Right 2 by visiting Tunde Leye’s blog tomorrow and reading my series Fate’s Store and voting for it if you enjoy it? Please…
      I’ll appreciate it a whole lot.

  7. I’m guessing we get to find out who wants these two to suffer soon.
    Good going Mimi.

  8. Thanks a million dearie for reading@olajumoke

  9. Proud of you @Mimiadebayo. I read your entry this morning. I was hooked till the last line. And I can’t get the story out of my head now.
    I hope @praize @Bibbie @dkny111 @vicky @aadetoyin @topazo @Fadehan @Namdi @sibbylwhyte @nicolebassey @kayGriens ……..(I can’t remember everyone’s username. Sorry.) But if you have ever read @Mimiadebayo‘s work, check out her shortlisted work on http://tlsplace.wordpress.com/ and vote for her please.
    Thank you.

    1. @olajumoke I read the story before you…i am a huge fan of our NS queen

      1. @olajumoke….
        Thanks for letting us know about it. Thumbs up @Mimiadebayo. You sure deserve the vote.

    2. I’ve read the story too;fate’s store and I’ve voted. It’s a wonderful piece. I’ll be sure to share with friends so dey can vote as well.
      Well done @Mimiadebayo.
      Best of Luck

  10. The action is fast reaching it’s climax…Nice buildup

  11. Hi @Mimiadebayo, this installment was just ”on-point”.
    Looking forward to the next installment.

  12. Great piece here! But I cant get the conclusion of the story why?

  13. you want to leave without ending / concluding this story?! why? been checking to see next installment to no avail. Abeg nah do someting.

  14. Please when re we going to ve d concluding part of this story? Mimi don’t do dis ooo

  15. Glued untillllllllll the ennnnnnnnnnnd
    my belated appreciation
    for such creativity
    showing forth ingenuity
    in a way so amiably captivating………………..

  16. Wow! Been a while since i’ve been on here. Thank you @innoalifa for bringing me back after a long time.

  17. Wow! Been a while since I’ve been on here. Thank you @innoalifa for bringing me back after a long time.
    Hi everyone, I’m so sorry i couldn’t get to reply your comments and all but it’s been a hell of a world out there. As for the concluding parts of Betrayal and Funerals; I’m er…happy to inform y’all that it’ll be turned into a blockbuster novel soon. because of that, i have to stop right here and keep y’all longing for more. (Hehehe. Selfish me,I know, right?) I just need a bit of patience from y’all and i promise you’ll be the first to know when it makes it as a published novel. Thank y’all again for reading and following this till now, I’m so grateful. y’all are the best. Miss this place so much@schatzilein, @LEROY etc etc. Ciao!

    1. @Mimiadebayo
      could you launch another series?
      you’re really so gifted, so blessed,
      so filled to the brim
      almost a mind overflowing
      with ideas
      thoughts
      notions
      concepts
      words
      sentences
      statements
      paragraphs
      and a lot more than by feeble keys can type…………..

  18. cutestan (@cutestan@-90)

    Mimi how can I get the remaining parts of this story?

  19. Please how do I get the remaining episodes of this story??? Help a sister

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