That Which Remains by Olivia Batker Pritzker

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Previously…  Jasper convinces Roxy to give him information about Juliette’s parents. Readers voted that Juliette’s parents were members of a crime organization of which Jasper is also a part.

Episode 8

“So that’s it? That’s all you know.”

Jasper studied Roxy’s face with his glittering black eyes, a curious smile playing on his lips. Roxy stared defiantly back at him and nodded her head. Jasper sighed.

“All right, let’s go over it one more time, shall we? And I have your word of course that this is all completely true.”

He adjusted his glasses.

“Truth is my business Roxy, and I don’t appreciate people lying to me.”

Roxy was silent. Jasper cleared his throat.

“So. Anne and Horace, parents of Juliette and DJ. The missing link in my investigation. Fled the Organization ten years ago and have been hiding here in Anchester Falls under aliases ever since, finally discovered by an unknown person also working for the Organization and…taken care of…almost a year ago. You claim not to know who this person is, although I have an idea. The instrument has shown me…”

He paused for a moment.

“Now. They had some important pieces in their possession at the time of their disappearance…” His eyes bore into Roxy. “Five diamonds and an extremely rare ruby, I believe, the whereabouts of which are still unknown. I do know that they were never sold. You say you’ve thoroughly searched the house?”

Again, Roxy nodded.

“And found nothing. Furthermore, you believe that Juliette knew nothing of her parents’ double lives, something I find it hard to -”

“She didn’t. She doesn’t,” Roxy interrupted. “I’m positive of that. Juliette and I have had many conversations about her parents, she’s opened up to me, she trusts me… she would have told me. She thought they were kind, hard-working, small-town people.”

Jasper smiled wryly.
“Ok then. So Juliette doesn’t know anything about her parents, that doesn’t mean she doesn’t know where the jewels are. You asked her about her parents’ will? About gifts, jewelry, safe deposit boxes?”

“Yes, I already told you.” Roxy looked uncomfortable. “Jasper, she doesn’t know anything. Don’t you think it’s possible that whoever killed Anne and Horace has the jewels?”

Jasper kept his gaze on Roxy for a few moments before responding. Then he abruptly got to his feet and walked over to the bar.

“That’s what I intend to find out. I know you don’t believe in the instrument, Roxy, but in Juliette’s presence it showed me something I found to be most illuminating.”

Roxy gave a slight, impatient roll of her eyes. “Ok, so what do you need me for? If that thing can tell you everything -”

Jasper’s eyes flashed, and he cut Roxy off sharply.

“You will speak of the instrument with respect, at least while you are here.”

He exhaled, seemingly in an attempt to regain control over his temper. After a moment, he spoke again, quietly.

“There is something I need you to do. Get close to Calvin White, find out all you can about him, and tell me everything you learn.”

“Calvin?” Roxy asked with surprise. “You don’t think he’s involved in this?”

Jasper didn’t answer.

“Ok,” Roxy looked apprehensive as she put her coat and scarf on. “I’ll do it, but you need to promise me that you’ll leave Juliette alone. Teach her about your…instrument, if you want, but keep her out of your investigation. She was never involved in this, and it’s not fair to put her in the middle of it.”  

Jasper gave a small laugh that didn’t meet his eyes. “She’s already in the middle of it,” he said evenly. “But as you wish. I will leave her to you. If, however, I find out that you’ve been hiding something, anything from me – sorry doesn’t even begin to cover what you will be.” Vote below on what will happen next or if reading in email click Take our Poll.

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