That Which Remains by Olivia Batker Pritzker

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Previously… Roxy digs for information about Calvin, while Jasper consults his silver fortune-telling instrument for answers. Readers voted that he sees an image of Roxy standing over a body with a knife in her hand.

Episode 10

“Morning, Jules.”

Juliette walked into the kitchen and was greeted by a yawning Roxy and a fresh pot of coffee, from which she poured herself a steaming mugfull. Roxy was sitting at the large wooden table pinning her hair up under her maroon and silver scarf, her work apron on the table in front of her. Juliette sat down next to her and burrowed into her coffee. Both girls were exhausted from the number of shifts they’d been working.

“Going in today?” Roxy asked. Juliette shook her head.

“Nope, I have the day off, thank God. I think I’m just going to clean up around here and maybe sleep some more…” She smiled tiredly and took another gulp of coffee.

“Jealous.” Roxy drained her coffee and stood up. “I’m on a double today so I’ll be back late. Enjoy your day of rest!”

Roxy grabbed her keys and patchwork bag, and headed out the door. Juliette waited until she heard the door slam before jumping up and quickly getting ready herself.

The truth was, Juliette was going to Jasper’s. She’d been going in secret on her days off to help with his office work. He kept promising to teach her more about his work, but after that first day she hadn’t so much as glimpsed the mysterious silver instrument, and spent her time booking appointments and going through his mail.

She didn’t know exactly why she was keeping this job a secret from Roxy, but the frightened way Roxy had warned her about Jasper combined with Jasper’s cryptic warning about Roxy’s deception made Juliette wary of introducing the subject again. There was something about Jasper that scared and slightly thrilled her. She decided that she didn’t need to mention it.

She arrived at the tiny shop expecting to be greeted with a stack of paperwork, but when she walked in she found Jasper sitting on the rug cross-legged, the silver instrument in front of him. She walked cautiously over and sat down across from him. He wordlessly closed his eyes and placed his hands on the instrument’s base. Immediately it began to vibrate, the tiny silver balls sliding back and forth. Juliette leaned forward.

***

Roxy grabbed her keys and bag and left the house, feeling only slightly guilty about lying to Juliette. She too had the day off, and was going to get some answers about Calvin White. She had teased the name and whereabouts of his ex-wife out of Dinah one late night by the mill, and now she carefully guided her car down the narrow dirt road that led to the woman’s house.

The place looked uninhabited. A small, dirty cabin with dying plants on the outer windowsill, and a threadbare “Welcome Home” mat in front of the door. Roxy stepped over it, opened the screen door and tentatively knocked. No answer. She knocked again, louder, and was just turning away when the door opened a crack.

“Who are you?”

Roxy could see a woman’s suspicious eye and stringy brown hair hanging down around it. She smiled.

“My name is Roxy, I’m sorry to bother you at home but I wanted to talk to you about your ex-husband. I can explain more…inside?”

The door began to close.

“Wait!” Roxy placed her hand on the door. “Hear me out, please. It’s important.” Vote below on how the mysterious woman will react or if reading in email click Take our Poll.


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