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Serena's Surprise
By Ruthie Madison
Thursday, January 26, 2012

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Join Serena as she searches for the truth concerning a dancer and who her surprise is

    Chapter One

There was a scream  that was heard and some sobbing as  the body of 27 years old dancer Sheila Martin  was found dead on her bed. Sheila had no enemies for she was a friend of everyone.  8 years old Denise Martin cried when she found  her mom dead. She tried to wake her up but no response and she began to cry. “Wake up! Wake up!” She has seen too many movies with people  found dead to know  it was the truth. Her next door neighbor, a lady from Brazil and spoke very little English heard the scream and  came running to the house. “Que pasa, mia nina?” then she saw for herself. She took the first step in calling 911, hoping that someone was bilingual on the other end. “Oh Dios! Por favor ayuda mi!” She prayed.
“911 is this an emergency?”
“No Ingles! Mi ingles no  bueno.”
The operator understanding that  this lady needed someone bilingual asked her co worker to take the call and the conversation began as Julia  began telling the other person why the call. “She has an 8 years old daughter,” she said in Spanish.

 “We will send a paramedics and the police right away. Try to stay calm and  help keep her daughter calm.” He said.

“Si si. I will.” She hung up then  try to comfort the little girl.
“Mommy’s dead,” she said as tears streamed down her face. “I have no one.”
The paramedics arrived along with the police who has the famous detective Serena Madison along with them. Serena relied solely on what the good Lord has given her-- the ability to solve crime.  However sometimes he lets her figure  it out herself. That  day was no exception.
“No blood mess,” Serena said noticing it wasn’t with a gun or a knife. “Maybe someone drugged her.”
“We need to question everyone who is involved,” officer Samuel said. “Find out when she  arrived home-- who took care of Denise?”
“My understanding,” Serena said, “Is Sheila takes Denise to work. She lives alone with her daughter.”
“That is not a  good environment for her.  Talk to Denise if you can. You seem to have a knack with kids.”
“No problem.”  She went to the little girl and pull her aside. “I know this is upsetting for you, but would you like to help find out what happen to your mother?”
With sniffles and sobs she replied, “Yes.”
“Denise, did your mom take you to work?”
“At what time do you think you both arrive home?”
“She always gets off at ten.”
“What happened when you two got home?”
“She put me to bed and told me a bedtime story.”
“Oh yeah? You have a favorite?”
The little girl smiled. “Cinderella.”
“Where is your daddy?”
“Don’t know. I was born with no daddy.”
“So you arrived home sometime after ten, she put you to bed and why did you wake up since it was only midnight that you found her this way?”
“Thirsty. I have to ask her for  water and she gets it for me.”
“I am so sorry you had to find her this way. We will find  whoever did this to her! You have any grandparents?”
“I have a grandmother and a step grandfather.”
“Donna and Meril Martin,” Officer  Davenport said. “Maybe a good idea to question them and those at her work too.”
“Alright. Thank you for your help, Denise. I am going to call your grandmother to come and get you. Right now your next door neighbor will watch you until she comes. Okay?”
The little girl nodded.
To some, it would be a hard case to crack for there were no evidence of foul play. It looked pretty clean.  Serena spent her time writing down questions concerning the murder before she drove to her next destination-- the theater. Although  some may have left , a few remained.




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Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 1/26/2012
Great job Ruthie and welcome to AD!!!

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