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Memoirs of a Damsel in the Grave part 7

April 17, 2013

The smartphone rang and woke Detective Rogers up. Still somnolent, he pressed the answer button as an impulsive response. After 7 seconds of silence, he heard a voice coming from the apparatus he connected the device to. A voice from a man is what he heard saying, “It’s not your fault. It was never your fault.” The detective—from his sleepy state—was alert all of a sudden and took note of the number. He looked around and realized that he had slept in front of the desk. He doesn’t normally do this, but he suspected that it was because of the shots of whiskey he had the night before that let him fall asleep while contemplating about the case.

Detective Rogers looked at the clock, and it was already 7:14 am. He hurriedly went to the bathroom to take a quick shower. He then put on a khaki jacket that his wife gave him on his birthday, 3 weeks before they got divorced. He didn’t have the luxury of time to indulge on a hearty breakfast because he got up late. He left his place at exactly 7:40 am. While driving on his way back to the scene of the crime, he was reminded of his dream about Chuck. It was so vivid that he could remember everything. He was so sure that he doesn’t know the boy in his dream personally. He tried to think as hard as he can, digging deep into his memory, but he can’t figure out why that dream occurred to him.

The route he took yesterday was blocked due to an accident so Detective Rogers had no choice but to take an alternate route. He wasn’t worried that he might get lost because he has a handsfree application that provides him with directions. On his way, he saw a decent fastfood joint in the outskirts of the city. He decided to grab a meal-to-go before heading straight to his destination. That place reminded him of his dream, where Chuck worked. Instead of going straight to the drive-thru, he went inside to order a meal and dined in. The place was so familiar that he can locate every part of that joint. He remembered every corner of the place including table 6, where Chuck took the smartphone. Out of curiosity, he asked the manager if he knows someone by the name of Chuck who was once affiliated there. To the detective’s surprise, the manager said yes. He added that it had been 6 years ago when Chuck was dismissed from service, and ever since then, he haven’t heard from him anymore.

…to be continued.

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