The things that you know more about than you want to know are very useful.
— Robert Stone
In this post, Bast Overture, crime reporter turned private investigator interviews Detective Sergeant Donald Fielding. Fielding appears in three of the four linked shorts stories in Beyond the Tripping Point (“Gone Missing,” “Digging up the Dirt,” and “Road Raging”). Note: Bast has encountered Fielding in his crime reporting days and the two are not best friends – forever or for any time.
Bast: Now Detective Sergeant, you have been the lead investigator in several of the crimes that The Attic Investigative Agency has been involved in and…
Fielding (in his clipped British accent): Meddling might be more accurate…
Bast: Very well then but don’t you think that both you and our agency each came up with information that helped solve the cases and that by cooperating and pooling our resources…
Fielding: The police do not cooperate with private investigators.
Bast: Yes, but didn’t you pass some information along to my sister, Dana, about some of the principals involved in “Road Raging.”
Fielding: That information was already in the press and I “passed it along” as you call it to your sister because when it was in the newspapers she was. shall we say, busy with trying to find her kidnapped son so she may have missed it (From the pre-quel novel, currently in rewrite stage).
Bast: And isn’t that another instance of you helping us?
Fielding: I said the police don’t cooperate with…
Bast: I know you said that but sometimes you do and don’t you think it helps solve the case?
Fielding: Listen here, Sebastian Overture. You and I go back to your crime reporting days, so I know your tricks to get information. What are you insinuating here? That the police act unprofessionally?
Bast: Of course not. (Bast clears his throat). I’m merely asking if the mutual info exchange helped. Hold on a minute before you say anything. If you remember in “Gone Missing,” Dana gave you some valuable information about the missing Rosemary – something we gleaned from our interview with her twin brother Robin – a blue text book. And that led to another person…
Fielding: (raising his hand). We were already talking to that person of interest.
Bast: Very well. Now, you are saying that the police don’t usually cooperate with private detectives. But what about when one of the PIs is shall we say more than a PI to you?
Fielding: (face going red). What are you insinuating Overture?
Bast: Come on Fielding. It’s no secret that you are attracted to my sister. So, I’m asking you – do your feelings for Dana have anything to do with the sharing of information.
Fielding (clipped British accent more pronounced): You’re making things up. That would be unprofessional.
Bast: But isn’t it true that you are attracted to my sister?
Fielding: That is none of your business. You leave D…D…Dana out of this.
Bast: Very well, then…
Fielding’s cell phone rings. He opens it.
Fielding: “Yes, Fielding here… Uh huh. Fine. What’s the address? Fine. I’ll be right there.” (He closes the cell). “Sorry, Overture. Duty calls.” (He stands up to leave)
Bast: Very well. Thanks for your time. I’ll catch you later for the rest…”
“Fielding: “No. This interview is finished.”
You can read more about Great Aunt Doris, Bast, Dana, David, Detective Sergeant Fielding and the others in the four linked stories which are part of my mystery short story collection Beyond the Tripping Point, Blue Denim Press, 2012. Click on the book at the top and it takes you to my profile – including books reviews – at www.amazon.com
Next week: Bast interviews his nephew David, which proves challenging as David is psychologically mute.
Sharon A. Crawford