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Previously… Camilla, the governor’s mistress, has just revealed that the puppy the governor gave her as a gift has been dognapped. She’s sure one of her enemies is out to blackmail her. She’s falsely assumed that Beth is a detective since she posed as the Governor’s daughter earlier that evening. She just asked Beth to help her solve the case when they heard footsteps running toward them.
Richard dashed onto the scene at such a rapid speed he almost took Camilla out in the process. She let out a wild banshee scream as he darted past her. All Beth could do was let out a faint yelp before reorienting herself. Her eyes narrowed in on him. “What are you doing?”
Perplexed, he looked between her and Camilla. “I…”
“Were you following me?” Angry tremors began moving up her spine as she took a hot, irritated step in his direction.
He raised his hands in the air like an innocent boy wrongly accused of putting his hands in the cookie jar. “I just wanted to make sure you were okay.”
“Why wouldn’t I be okay?”
“You were acting strange when we were saying goodbye.”
She felt the anger draping over her like screaming rash. He didn’t trust her. “Strange?” she asked, wrinkling her nose.
“Like you were distracted.”
“Who are you?” Camilla finally piped in.
Richard apologetically folded his hands in front of him. “Detective Crawford, Ma’am. I’m terribly sorry for startling you.”
“Detective?” she asked, her big almond eyes suddenly beaming. “You must be Beth’s partner.”
Richard smoothed his tie, a wild grin pressing up against his high cheekbones.
“Oh, she told you –“
“Um, no, no…” Beth sputtered, looking between the two of them, both smiling giddily. This was a runaway train that needed to be rerouted quickly—before it ventured down an avenue she didn’t want to go.
Camilla put her hands to her mouth as she looked to Beth. “Oh, to be clear, she didn’t tell me she was a detective while on the job. She actually did her job really well.”
“She’s a natural, right?” Richard asked, winking at Beth.
She offered a closed lipped smile and folded her arms. He wasn’t getting off this easily. If it’s one thing she hated, it was being treated like a child, and he obviously didn’t trust her to take care of herself. She received this treatment from her parents and nearly all of the men she ever dated. She didn’t need it from him too.
“A definite natural!” Camilla exclaimed. “I’ve just been robbed actually. Luckily, Beth here has just taken on my case, so I guess I’ll be seeing a lot of the both of you.”
Beth grimaced, “Well, I’m—“
Richard silenced her with a wave of his hand. “Are you free to come into my agency tomorrow? We can gather all of the information from you, and then we can begin the investigation.” He handed Camilla his card. “1:00 p.m.?”
Camilla snatched the card and opened the driver’s door of the sedan beside them. “I’ll be there.” She coolly put on large Audrey Hepburn inspired sunglasses and sped away, leaving Beth in a murky haze of car fumes and bewilderment.
She turned on her heels to directly face Richard. “We’re not partners.”
“Oh, come on,” he exclaimed. “We were already planning on talking tomorrow about potentially working together, and now we were just handed a case.” He raised his hands in the air. “It’s a sign.” WIN $50 Amazon gift certificates by voting WEEKLY! Enter your address each time you vote then check your email to confirm. Vote below on what will happen next or if reading by email click view poll.