Be obscure clearly.
– E.B. White
Anastasia Heidi Clarke (mother) in “For the Love of Wills” is calmed down somewhat from her tirade last week with her daughter Clara. Today, Bast Overture, crime reporter turned PI interviews this eccentric family member. “For the Love of Wills” is one of 13 stories in my mystery collection Beyond the Tripping Point (Blue Denim Press, 2012).
Bast: Anastasia Heidi – those are interesting names. How did you come by them?
AH (Mother): Well, young man, my parents named me. My father read Russian novels and my mother read Heidi that Swiss Alps novel. So I’m doubly famous. (She smirks).
Bast: Okay. In “For the Love of Wills” you seem determined to see your ex-husband’s will…
AH: He is NOT my ex-husband. We are still married. He just didn’t want me to live with him anymore. And there was no way I was giving him a divorce and get half the house with that Bimbo living there. So they could live in sin. What was the question?.
Bast: Why did you want to see your husband’s will?
AH: To make sure I was still in it and he wasn’t leaving everything to that Bimbo, of course.
Bast: But as things turned out that didn’t matter.
AH: Sh. Sh. Do you want to spoil it for the readers? I don’t think Sharon A. would be too pleased if you gave it all away.
Bast: Point taken. Then, without giving the plot away, and because we did mention this last week, why did you and Clara do a climbing act to get into the house?
AH: I wanted to sneak in without William seeing or hearing us.
Bast: But it didn’t work out quite that way, did it?
AH: What did I say about not giving away the plot?
Bast (making hand-pushing motions). Very well. Let’s go to the police when they arrived. You seemed concerned about what they were up to. Why is that?
AH: Well I had to make sure they didn’t arrest the wrong person and they seemed too controlling. It was my house they were invading.
Bast: But that’s their job – when there has been a crime, the police investigate to find out persons of interest and suspects so they have to ask questions.
AH: But they herded us into separate rooms. I couldn’t make sure that my family was okay if I couldn’t get at them.
Bast: I see. Was there anybody in particular in your family you were concerned with? Clara?
AH: Clara can take care of herself.
Bast: Your son, William Jr.
AH: He’s a lawyer. ‘Nuff said.
There is some noise outside the door and it opens. William Clarke Sr. walks in.
William: She means me…
AH: Whatever gave you that idea, William? After leaving me for that twenty-something secretary.
William: Yes, but you did say “my poor Will” to one of the cops and I don’t think you meant our son.
AH: So what?
Bast (trying to get control of the interview): Okay, folks. William, your turn will be next week. Now Anastasia, I have one more question…
Anastasia: And I’m done. Good day.
Anastasia Heidi Clark leaves the room, followed by her husband. Bast shrugs his shoulders and mutters “Talk to you next week.”
You can read more about the Clarke family 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.
Sharon A. Crawford