My teaser for this week is from For the Long Run!
“Eri—you have Jay’s phone.” It wasn’t really a question but a statement of fact. “Is Jay, is he—” Her voice faltered and cracked.
Eric straightened in the chair and took another deep breath. Letting his training take over, he shoved his own emotions away. This woman obviously realized something was wrong with her son, and it was his duty to see her through it no matter what the outcome.
“Mrs. Molloy,” Eric sighed and smiled when she snorted at him. “Jeanette, Jay was with me last night, and this morning we were at the resort. We were supposed to meet around lunchtime, and when he didn’t show, I looked for him. He met his father earlier today. The last anyone at the resort saw of him, he was with the senator.” Eric purposely refrained from referring to the man as Jeanette’s husband. “I take it you haven’t heard from him. Either of them?”
“No. Jay and his father had a horrible argument after the party the other night, much of it because of his relationship with you. Stephan seems to have the idea that Jay is gay simply to spite him. They got pretty heated and it was ugly.”
“Jay told me. I’m sorry.”
“It’s not your fault and was a long time coming, long before Jay ever met you. Do you think he… Jay… all those dead men?”
“Right now, no, I’ve got no reason to think the killings and Jay being gone are in any way related. I went to his house, his Jeep is there, and I took the keys so it can’t be moved. I found his phone under the couch. Have you heard from the senator? I haven’t seen him or his car since the other night.”
“No, I haven’t, but that’s not unusual. These days we only return one another’s calls when it’s for official business, if you get my drift. It’s been that way for a long time between us.”
“I’m… Jeanette, I don’t know this area very well. I’ve checked wherever I could think of, but is there anywhere you can think of Jay might go?” As the words left his mouth, Eric was up, fishing his wallet from his pocket. He cradled the phone on his shoulder and against his ear as he dumped the contents out. Shuffling through paper money, a few notes, and some receipts, Eric found what he was looking for.
“There is a bar. I know it’s not close, but I don’t know the name or even which direction it’s in.”
“I do, I know it. I’ll check it out. Anywhere else?” Eric held the receipt to the motel and his credit card receipt up and smiled at them as if they were a trophy. “Maybe a favorite spot you fished, or hiked?”
“No. Wait, yes. When he was maybe thirteen or fourteen, there was a spot he liked that overlooked much of the resort and had a good view of sunrise.”
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