Tuesday Teaser 1/17/2023
“Wait, Tyler, what’s that?” Linden reached over and put one hand on Tyler’s arm. For an instant he was distracted by the firm swell of his bicep.
The truck stopped, but Tyler didn’t change gears. “What’s what?”
“Look. Second floor, the end room—the drapes are open. All the others are closed. The snow at the back of the building isn’t as smooth as the front.”
Tyler leaned forward, gripping the steering wheel, and stared. “I went through with the work crews. We drained all the water from the pipes so they wouldn’t freeze when the heat and power were shut down. Then I locked up.”
“Did you close all the drapes?”
Tyler nodded. “Yes.” He turned to look directly at Linden. “The work crews left two days ago. I haven’t been there since.”
“Let’s put the truck in the garage and lock it up, then take a look.”
Tyler nodded and eased the truck forward again. “I locked the lodge up when we came out here.”
Linden nodded. “Good.” He let go of Tyler’s arm and rested his hands on his legs. “Do you know of anyone else in the area who might have come here?”
“No. If someone I knew was here, they’d have come to the lodge, don’t you think?”
“True. Is it possible you simply missed one room or left the drapes open?”
Tyler shrugged. “I suppose it’s possible.”
“Okay, we’ll keep on as if we haven’t noticed and then go around front and go in that way, take a look around.” He nodded at the garage as Tyler drove the truck toward the garage opening. “Are there any flashlights or weapons in there?”
“Flashlights and tools.”
They fell silent as Tyler guided the delivery truck into the garage and parked it across from the other two vehicles. He hit a button beside the bay door, and it closed. Linden heard a locking mechanism snap into place. There was a regular door to the right.
“Is it possible to get into the rest of the building from this garage?” Linden asked when the engine was off and they were climbing out of the delivery truck. Tyler nodded and Linden continued, “Let’s be sure the entrances in this building are locked down.”
“Don’t you think you’re overreacting to some open curtains? They probably just got overlooked when we went through and closed everything up,” Tyler said.
“Yeah, I probably am. But as you pointed out, we are out here in the middle of nowhere miles away from any sort of backup. There could be some sort of squatter who may not want to be found out. So, let’s be smart and safe about this,” Linden insisted.
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