A Mystery Short...a work in progress
A Mystery Short
By Ebony Dawn
Today was Ann and Dan Weston's wedding anniversary. Dinah waved good-bye to her friends as she entered the house. The house was strangely quiet. She called out, “Anyone home?” No answer. She stopped suddenly and screamed.
Dinah found her aunt's body lying on the living room floor. She had been shot! Huddled at her feet was a tiny puppy with a red ribbon hanging loosely around its neck. Dinah called the police.
By the time Detective Benson arrived, and forensics (taken care to the body) had searched the house for evidence, the family had gathered in the den waiting to be questioned.
There was Dinah, who was also Mrs. Weston's niece from her first marriage. She was shocked but not sad when she found Ann Weston's body, because she was in love with Dan Weston---her aunt's husband.
Joan and Janet are Ann Weston's twin daughters, from her former marriage. They both shared an intense dislike of their mother, because she ignored them after Their father died and she married Dan Weston. They were brought up in boarding schools. So now young women, they saw their mother only as an obsticle , standing in the way of their inherent wealth.
Samuel Bauer, Mrs. Weston's brother and his wife Rebecca. Samuel was the only person that Ann Weston really loved. She had raised him after their parents died in an airplane crash thirty-five years ago.
Rebeeca was another story. Ann disappoved of her brother's choice in this bride from the very beginning. Ann hated her. She believed that Rebecca had ruined her brother's life. Rebecca also hated but kept silent by her love for her husband. For all her faults Samuel loved his sister very much. They had been through so much together.
Ronald, Sam and Rebecca's son was the black sheep of the family. A rebel. An outsider who chose to be so because he saw his mother being destroyed slowly by his aunt from an early age. Part of his distain and anisocial behavior was due to his guilt and seemingly inability to eleviate his mother's pain. His was an ardent disliked for the aunt who tried to destroy his mother and his father who sat placcidly by and did nothing.
Jason, Dan Weston's brother and business partner. He knew that his brother married the “older”
widow of a toy manufacturer, was a venture that saved their own faultering business. (because their business was failing and they needed her financial aid.) He neither liked or disliked Ann. He merely considered her as necessary.
Dan Weston, the husband of the “dearly departed”, was a businessman. Voted most likely to succeed by his High school graduating class. Strikingly handsome. Sought after by many, men and women alike, and he knew it. Dan did succeed in business as well as life, no matter what he had to do to reach his aim.....He did it. He'd do anything to get ahead.
Detective Benson entered the room where they (the family) were all seated. He came quickly to the point.
“There's been a murder committed here and someone in this room is the murderer.”
The only problem was that everyone seemed to have an airtight alibi.Their time for the day was accounted for to the very second.
Joan and Janet were together at the theater, where they met every week with their actor's group. There were witnesses to agree to this fact.
Dinah had just returned from an afternoon luncheon with her friends. Again witnesses to that fact.
Samuel and Rebecca were busy this afternoon watching their son compete in a chess tournament. Ronald came in second place. They had planned to celebrate his placement later that evening. They also has witnesses to their whereabouts. Detective Benson checked on their story. It was true .
Jason was working in his office. Actually he and his secretary were having their usual private 'afternoon' affair. Miss Scott certainly confess. This was the excuse she need to force Jason into a committment. Maybe even marriage. Jason's alibi was more than a willing witness. Everyone knew about this. Jason's story checked out.
Dan Weston was in his office practicing his speech. His secretary heard his voice as she sat int the outer office. Dan Weston's secretary had confirmed his story of being in his office and practicing his speech for a benefit they were to attend this coming weekend. He had given her strict orders for him not to be disturbed. When questioned she assured Detective Benson that she'd heard his voice going over the speech as she sat at her desk.
Dectetive Benson listened to their stories. He listened patiently as each one explained their activities for the afternoon. He knew that one of them was lying. Which one?
Who killed Mrs. Weston?
Everything and everyone was quiet. Suddenly a little puppy ran into the room. No one said anything. Then Dan Weston called to the puppy, “There you are little fellow. Everything better now that you don't have that ribbon around your neck......?”
He stopped talking in mid sentence. He knew that he'd made a fatal mistake. Detective Benson looked up and smiled. He walked over to Dan and said “Would you come with me Downtown, Mr. Weston, so that we can get a statement?” He had cracked the case, it was now only a matter of time.
Yes, Dan Weston was the murderer.
He had made a take of his voice. That is what his secretary heard as he climbed out of his office window onto the ledge that led to the hall window next to the supply closet where he's left his coat. He went home to murder his wife and discovered her tying a red ribbon around his anniversary present. The little puppy. Only the murderer knew about the puppy. The case was solved.
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