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|A field trip to the bank|
After living for years with his sister, Maureen, he should have been able to sense a snow job when it was burying him six feet deep. He knew Roxie didn't give a hoot about the welfare of his parishioners, or his duties as Pastor. It was the whole lure of an unsolved mystery that drove her conversation. And if he had even one ounce of sensibility, he'd throw the damned thing back into the box, and forget he ever saw it. But like his childhood friend, Fr. Kevin was a "fixer". He needed all the pieces to fit, and for the picture to be whole. This quirk to his personality had caused him enough trouble to last a lifetime, but for some reason, known only to the Almighty, he simply couldn't walk away until he at least tried to make things "right". It was an essential part of his entire personae, and the key lying cool in his hand, was a siren calling out for an explanation.
"You do realize, Rox, that trying to find the lock that this key opens would be next to impossible?
I mean, what's to say that the source is even here in Dollyville? It could belong anywhere."
Sensing she might have piqued his interest, Roxie threw together her best pitch. "That is a possibility, Kevin. But most people would want to keep their prized possessions near them. You know...so they could retrieve them in a hurry. It makes the most sense to start here in town. Check out all the places that have storage lockers, or safety deposit boxes." She grabbed a scrap of paper from the throw away pile, and a pen from her pocket. "Let's start by making a list of all the possibilities in Dollyville." With rapt attention, she held the pen to the paper, and waited for him to start the discussion.
"I can't believe I'm letting you drag me into this, Roxanne. I have a million things to do before that Belkins character returns to nail my hide to the wall. I should be focusing on that, rather than playing Sherlock Holmes with you."
"Oh really, Kevin O'Kenney! You know you're just as curious as I to find out what this opens. Besides, we've already made a lot of headway into this pile, and Belkins isn't due back for at least a week. Plenty of time for us to wrap up this mystery, and still straighten up the church's accounts. I promise ...I'll stay and help you with all of that, if you let me in on this little investigation."
Fr. Kevin looked at his feet, not sure how he wanted to phrase the question. "This could take awhile. Don't you have to get back to Boston? To your..uhmm...job?"
Roxie shook her and snorted. "Geez, Kev. It's not like I'm a brain surgeon with patients waiting on
the table. If I dance, I get paid. That's how it works." Seeing him turn several shades of pink, she added, "And I'm not ashamed of what I do, Fr. O'Kenney. It's just a job. I don't lie, steal or cheat, and I try to be a really good person. I think that far outweighs whatever labels people put on me."
Embarrassed, Fr. Kevin tried to justify his hesitation. "I'm not judging you, Roxanne. Honest, I'm not. I think you're an awesome young woman. It's just...you're so damned smart. So analytical. Funny and charming too. You could do anything you set your heart on. I don't get why you aren't chasing your dreams."
"What makes you think I'm not doing just that, Kevin? I have plans. Big plans. I want to start my own private investigation firm. But that takes money. Lots and lots of money. Plus, I need to take the state licensing exam, and get some solid experience in law enforcement. And none of that comes free, or without the educational background. I pay my bills with my dancing, and it's a damn good living at that. I've managed to put myself through Boston College for the past 4 years on what I can do on the pole, and I really don't care if people approve or not. I will have my dreams, Kevin. You can count on it. But in the meantime, I can use all the experience I can get, so do you want my help, or don't you?"
It was the fire in her eyes that tipped him toward the decision. "Okay then, Miss Private I, what's our first move?"
With a happy grin, she put the pen to paper. "I think we should start with the banks. I don't really believe this key is for a safety deposit box. It seems the wrong shape and size, but it's best we rule that out officially. What banks are here in town?"
"There's only two that I know of large enough to have safety deposit boxes. First National Bank of Massachusetts, and Paul Revere Savings and Loan. The rest are just small branches with limited teller services, and ATMs."
"Alrighty then. I say we start there. Talk to the bank manager, and see if they recognize the key. Even if it is one of their keys, they probably won't give us access to it if we're not on the box holder record, but it's a start." She folded the paper into her back pocket, and made her way towards the stairs. "Give me twenty minutes to change into something fresh, and then we'll go visit both of these locations."
Moved by her enthusiasm and energy, Fr. Kevin smiled. "As you wish, Miss Holmes. I await your return."
With a giggle, she made her way down the storage room's narrow stairs, before stopping and calling back up. "We are going have so much fun, Fr. Watson. Just you wait and see."
|Looking for answers|
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