Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.
– Oprah Winfrey
In this week’s interview, Bast Overture, crime reporter turned PI, interviews Millie Browne, the driver of a car in peril in the short story “No Breaks,” from Beyond the Tripping Point. This requires Bast to time travel from 1999 to present time.
Bast: Millie, I understand you have a problem with your car.
Millie: You could say that. The brakes don’t work.
Bast: Not a good thing for travelling up Highway 11 into cottage country. Did this brake failure happen suddenly or were they acting up before you left?
Millie: Suddenly when Jessica and I were driving up the highway. You don’t think I’m stupid enough to head on a road trip with faulty brakes. Hey, I even got my mechanic, Eddie, to check out the car yesterday and he found everything working fine.
Bast: You sure of that. In light of what happens…
Millie: What are you saying? My mechanic missed something. Hey do you know something I don’t know?
A snort comes from the front passenger seat. Millie, glaring at Jessica: Hold on, your turn will come soon.
Bast (from the car’s back seat): It just seems a little strange that the brakes would suddenly start to fail. Did you have to brake anywhere before you noticed them not working?
Millie: Well, no.
Bast: So, what are you going to do about it? You obviously are continuing to drive to your destination.
Millie: We have to get to Jessica’s grandmother’s cottage.
Bast: Important business up there?
Millie (scowling, face turning red): None of your business.
Bast: Very well. I’ll repeat my question: What are you going to do about the brake situation?
Millie: I’m looking for a garage with a bay to fix the brakes.
Throat clearing from the passenger seat.
Millie: Okay, okay. We are looking for a garage with a bay. And I’m using the parking brake if I have to brake. Can we stop talking about the damn brakes?
Bast: Very well. Now in “No Breaks” you mention something about a deep dark secret. What…
Millie: Not mine.
Screeching from the passenger seat. The car swerves throwing Bast’s head forward against the back of the driver’s seat. The screaming from the front reaches a high pitch level as Millie pulls the parking brake.
You can read more about Millie, Jessica, and Eddie in 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 book reviews – at www.amazon.com. The book is available there in print and Kindle. For Kobo e-book go to http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/search/?keywords=Beyond%20the%20Tripping%20Point or go to any bricks and mortar store and order in a print copy.
The video link to my thatchannel.com interview and reading from Beyond the Tripping Point on You Tube can now be accessed via the new page “Video” at the top of this blog.
Sharon A. Crawford