I always have a basic plot outline, but I like to leave some things to be decided while I write.
– J.K. Rowling
Susan Stuart’s spirit has finally manifested and Dana and PC Oliver learn that she is not to be trusted. There is also another spirit involved and the missing Bast has just phoned his fraternal twin, Dana. Dana and Oliver remain in the Thurston Public Library boardroom. All characters, except Cory Swan, are from Beyond the Tripping Point by Sharon A. Crawford (Blue Denim Press, 2012).
Dana (on her cell phone with Bast): Bast, where are you?
Bast: Can’t tell you right now. It’s not safe for you to know.
Dana: But Oliver and I could come and get you.
Bast: It’s better that you don’t know where I am right now.
Dana: Okay, but I’m worried.
Bast: I know you are, but it is also a safety measure for you and David.
Dana: David? Where does he fit into all this? He wasn’t even born when…
Bast: I know, but CS is very cunning and determined and will go after family members if he has to.
Dana: All this just to keep a blackmailing scheme quiet? Bast, the police know and have a document showing that Roger Stuart was illegally married to his secretary while still married to Susan and Robbie’s mom before he and the secretary disappeared.
Bast: I know. But it’s more than this.
Oliver interrupting: Dana, let me speak to Bast.
Dana (covering her cell with her hand). Just a minute Oliver. (Dana holds her cell out a bit so Oliver can hear the conversation).Yes, Bast you were saying.
Bast: Is Oliver with you?
Bast: Okay, I’ll talk to him in a minute but as I was saying, it’s more than just Roger Stuart’s bigamy.
Dana: I gather that. And Susan Stuart – or rather her spirit is not what she seems. Do you know what she’s up to?
Bast: Partly. That’s what I’m working on and to do so I must remain “undercover.” What I have found out is Susan’s spirit is conspiring with her Dad’s spirit to get revenge on Cory Swan for the blackmail scheme.
Dana: What are they doing?
Bast: That I don’t know. But they must be meeting somewhere but I don’t know where.
Dana: I can answer that. Susan said her Dad’s spirit is tied to their house. So it’s there. And Bast, Roger is living there I think. Is he in danger?
Bast: He might be. That might be the other part of the puzzle. But I don’t know what if anything he had to do with all this. He always seemed to disappear himself.
Oliver, interrupting: Bast, Cooks Regional and Toronto Police Services have some info on where Roger has been living when not in Toronto and you are correct Dana, Roger is living in the house now.
Dana: Can he see his sister’s and father’s spirits?
Bast: I don’t know. Oliver, do you know what Roger’s been up to when away?
Oliver: Like I said, we have some idea but need more information.
Bast: Then I need to talk to him.
Dana: No, let me. You have to stay safe.
Bast: I also need to get some answers.
Oliver: So do the police. Bast, I need you to tell us where you are.
Bast: Can’t do that – it’s a safety issue.
Oliver: Bast, for your own good and your sister’s, you need to come in. We can give you protection.
Bast: No. It’s better I stay underground for now.
Dana: What did you actually write about Susan Stuart and her painting and where was it published?
Bast: In the Toronto Herald. There’s a print copy in the office where I keep all my published story clips.
A loud noise, like a siren comes over Dana’s cell phone.
Dana: What’s that?
Oliver: Bast, where are you?
Bast (his voice getting weaker). Gotta go. Talk to you lat…
Dana: Bast, are you there?
Silence on the other end.
Oliver pulls out his cell and starts punching in numbers: Fielding, you and Hutchinson better meet with us. Bast has called and…what? Okay…
Dana: Where? I’m coming too.
Oliver into his cell: Did you hear that? Dana’s coming too. She has info. I’ll bring her.
Oliver: The Stuart residence. Something’s going on there with Robbie Stuart.
Sharon A. Crawford
You can read more about the characters and their stories in from Beyond the Tripping Point (Blue Denim Press, 2012). Click on the book at the top and it takes you to Sharon A. Crawford’s profile – including book reviews – at www.amazon.com. The book is available there in print and Kindle. For Kobo e-book go to http://store.kobobooks.com/en-CA/ebook/beyond-the-tripping-point or go to any bricks and mortar store and order in a print copy. Spread the word.
Sharon A. Crawford will be returning to Aurora where she lived for 23 years. If you are in the Toronto area (GTA) and in particular just northof Toronto in York Region, join Sharon and four other Crime Writers of Canada authors reading from and talking about their crime books in A Shot in the Dark at the Aurora Public Library, Monday, March 24, 2014 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
More info on this and Sharon A.’s other upcoming gigs, workshops, guest blog posts, etc. at http://www.samcraw.com/Articles/BeyondtheTrippingPoint.html