At closing time, Todd arrived to walk Linda home. He didn’t like the way she was sitting at the counter all alone, just staring into space. Sitting on the stool beside her, he placed his arm around her shoulder.
“I just spoke with Sam. Finally, we have some news!” he said, trying to cheer her up. “He’s uncovered new information about the dead woman on the beach. It turns out that she was a private investigator who was hired by the family of the girl who disappeared last year. Other girls have disappeared over the years. Unfortunately, people are going to want answers, and if we don’t find any soon, the whole town will be under investigation.” Well, that last bit of information took care of any cheering up. But he did want to keep her updated on the severity of their situation.
“What do you know about these disappearances?”asked Linda.
He was startled by her question. “Are you suspicious of me?” Was it possible that she was now thinking that he was the one responsible for all the disturbing events in town? Maybe he shouldn’t have mentioned the disappearances.
“No! Of course not! I just wanted to know what you thought about these….”
“I don’t know what’s going on, but I intend to find some answers at the party Diane is throwing Friday night.”
“Could you take me to the party?”
“I’m going with Sam…I don’t want to have to worry about you.”
“The sheriff could take Shana—it would be a great cover for the two of you.”
“We’ll see.” He didn’t want her anywhere near Diane’s meeting.