I’m not going to list each preceding chapter every day. It would get much too long. If you haven’t read previous chapters I have a category listing on the side with the title 2015 April A-Z challenge. You can find all the chapters there. Thanks for reading!
Death is Deadpan
“Who was this Tony to you?” I ask a now calm Angela.
“He was my best friend. I could and did tell him everything and he would understand.” Angela was calm, but her tears were still flowing.
I got up and checked the small fridge in the room for some water. I grab two bottles and hand one to Angela. I open mine and find Tee something to drink out of and pour some for him. Then I sit down again and see Angela’s tears have dried up. Good. I never was good with crying females, they make me nervous.
“Were you guys lovers or something?”
“Oh God no! It was never anything like that! I loved Tony, but as a best friend.” She actually looks a bit put out by my question.
“Tony and I met several years ago when I walked into the club he was performing in. I was hell-bent on getting over my last breakup and the place looked like it would be fun.”
“So, he was a musician? Those were never your types in college Angela.”
I saw her smile. Now, she looked like the Angela I knew. “Oh, he wasn’t a musician, he was a stand-up comedian. His show was so funny, it made me forget my misery. After his show was done he was having a drink at the bar and I went up and thanked him. We hit it off from the beginning and were best friends ever since.”
A stand-up comic? That was even less like the old Angela. In fact, there were bets placed back then that Angela didn’t have a sense of humor. I guess college pranks weren’t all that funny.
“So why would someone want a comedian dead?”
“I don’t know why anyone would want to kill Tony!”
The waterworks were looking like they were going to start again, so I ask another question hoping to head them off.
“Did he have any enemies that you knew of?”
Angela was looking a bit shaky, but no more tears at least. “He never told me about anyone that disliked him that much. I know he was having some problems with his daughter. Now she might have killed him! She’s not a nice person.”
Daughter? How old was this Tony? Did he have a wife too? Maybe one that didn’t like him having a pretty blonde woman as a best friend? All these thoughts are swirling in my head. What the hell am I getting myself into here? A crime of jealousy?
“Daughter? Did he have a wife too?”
Angela sat back in her chair like she was exhausted. She closed her eyes and answered my question.
“His wife died several years before I met him. Cancer. His daughter used Tony like an ATM machine. She only ever contacted him when she wanted more money. Like I said, she’s not nice.”
I grab my notebook from the nightstand and look around for a pen. Even the Hilton must have pens in their rooms. I find one, a nice silver one with the name Hilton discreetly etched on it. Classy. As long as it works.
“What’s the daughters name? I want to talk to her.”
Angela opened her eyes and looks over at me. “Cynthia. Cynthia Bandoni. I have her number at my office. I’ll get it for you later.”
I write the name down. “Thanks.”
“Bandoni, Tony’s last name too?”
“Yes, Cynthia never found a man who could afford her, yet.”
I smile. Certainly no love lost there. “Can you get me into Tony’s place? Is that where he was supposed to have killed himself?”
I try to ask these questions as gently as I can. I don’t want to set Angela off again. They were questions that had to be asked though. There were going to be more too. I give an inner laugh. I guess that means I’m accepting the case. Hell, it’s got my curiosity revved up. I have dozens of questions I want to ask but I better stifle myself for now, or at least till Angela is more herself.
One more question I have to ask, then I’ll send Angela home to rest. It was getting late and I was hungry and tired.
“Angela, how old was Tony?”
She smiles, her eyes on me. “Seventy-three. He was the youngest seventy-three-year-old man I ever knew. He would have liked you Dee.”
I walk Angela down the hallway to the bank of elevators. Making her promise to call a cab and not try to drive in her exhausted condition. She agrees. Just as the elevator doors are closing she smiles.
“Dee? Did I tell you what Tony’s stage name was? It was a play on his real name. Tony Baloney. He was a funny guy.”
I had to laugh.
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23 thoughts on “2015 April A-Z Challenge ~~ The ABC’s of Death”
OK, I thought “Tony Randall? Tony Bennett?” when she gave the age 😀
LOL Nah, too obvious. 🙂
So what’s wrong with 73??? lol….more intrigue Jackie……of course I now want to know more.
there is nothing wrong with 73. If you read it, she was just surprised is all. Thanks Michael.
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Well that’s a relief. As I’m getting close to it.
Pshaw! that’s what I say!
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I’m just stepping into the story now, but it looks very interesting! I also want to know who would want to kill a man in his 70’s!
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Ah, that shall be revealed! I do hope so anyway. Hm, I am the writer aren’t I? I suppose I should know. 😉
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This is great Jackie! A chapter a day. 🙂
Yup, a chapter a day except Sundays. That’s a free day. 🙂
Well, with only 26 letters it works out perfectly with Sundays off. 🙂 I’ll be back with more tomorrow. Stay tuned ❤
I like where this is going. Good questions.
Thanks Marlene 🙂
My baloney has a first name, it’s T-O-N-Y…
LOL I really did laugh out loud at this. 🙂
I like how her character is developing. And I like Dee. She takes good care of Tee! And I have many theories about Tony’s demise. Exciting….
Thanks tiny! Tee also takes care of Dee. 🙂
Hi Jackie! I got lost for a few days. 🙂 You put a huge smile on my face when you revealed Tony was 73. Of course, I had a mental picture of him much younger. … Dee is such a great character!
I hope it was a good lost! 🙂 Well, I think everyone had a mental picture of tony being younger, even me! I was as surprised as anyone when he turned out to be 73! LOL
That’s one of the things I love so much about writing by the seat of your pants. You never really know what your characters are going to do – or who they may really be. 🙂
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so very true my friend 🙂
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