In the previous episode, While they were walking back to camp, someone opened fire on Kristi and Edmund, and Edmund was hit. They took cover in a nearby cave, where Alan eventually found them. Readers voted that Kristi realized later that she had dropped her flashlight.
By the time they got Edmund back to camp and bandaged up properly, his face was pale.
“You should go lie down,” Kristi said.
“I’ll be fine with a stiff whiskey and soda,” he said, gritting his teeth. Geoffrey poured him one and slid it across the table. He drained it, and Geoffrey poured him another one.
“You are not fine,” Kristi said indignantly.
Edmund ignored her. “We need to figure out what’s going on,” he said, looking around the table.
“It’s the curse,” Aziah said quietly from where she gathering up the dirty bandages.
“Nonsense,” Edith said.
Muttering darkly, Aziah left, a bandage fluttering ominously behind her like a bedraggled feather. Kristi shivered.
“Show them what we found,” Edmund told Kristi.
She hesitated a moment. She still wasn’t entirely convinced that one of the members of the expedition hadn’t been responsible for the murders. Okay, not directly, of course. They had all been there when Malik was killed. But it could have been arranged.
Edmund frowned at her. Kristi reluctantly reached into her pocket and pulled out the half of the picture, watching their faces closely. None of them registered anything other than a mild curiosity, except for Edmund, who was watching the others as closely as she was.
“We found it at the top of the cliff,” he said.
“It’s the other half of the picture we found in Lord Davies’ pocket,” she added.
Alan picked it up to get a better look and shrugged. As he handed it back to Kristi, his fingers slipped and the photograph fell to the ground.
“Sorry,” he said, picking it up and dusting it off.
“Careful.” Kristi rescued it from him, but his fingers had already clumsily smudged the picture. She rubbed it gently, but it was almost impossible to make out the person’s face now.
“Maybe Lord Davies climbed up there for some reason, before he died,” Edit h said.
Kristi shook her head. “There was a pretty strong wind that night; it would have been blown away.”
“Besides, he wasn’t really in any shape to be climbing like that, even before he was poisoned,” Edmund pointed out. “Plus, if the killer was a good shot, he had a clear view of the excavation site from there.”
“Or she,” Kristi added.
They all turned to look at her. “Not likely,” Geoffrey said.
Kristi scowled back at him.
“It’s all very strange,” Edith said. “I mean, maybe someone killed Lord Davies for his money, or something, but why would anyone kill Malik? He’s harmless, and he certainly had no money.”
Aziah broke in to announce stiffly that dinner was ready.
. . .
Later that evening, Kristi realized she had dropped her flashlight somewhere along their trip back the campsite. She grabbed a flashlight from the storage tent and retraced her steps.
When she got close to the excavation site, she noticed a light bobbing along the entrance to the cave. Vote below on what will happen next or if reading in email click Take our Poll.
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