Clara picked up the phone and dialed the police station’s number. Marcus answered. “Chief Kent, how can I help you”.
“Marcus. Hi, I am sorry to bother you but I forgot to ask you before, was Jeffery home when you took Clem home”?
“No, Clara he was at the Town Pub according to his statement”.
“Will there be an inquest”?
“I don’t think so unless the rest of the toxicology report shows something”.
“Yes, of course, thank you, Marcus”.
“You’re welcome, Clara”. The line went dead. Lena waited for Clara’s answer.
“No, he was at the Town Pub”. Clara’s phone rang it was Gloria. “Hello, Gloria. Is everything alright”?
“Yes Clara, I just wanted to let you know that the bathroom sink faucet is dripping”.
“Alright dear, I will call the plumber and have him fix it today”.
“Thank you, Clara. I left the door to my room open, but I would prefer if you or Lena would be there when the plumber comes to repair it. Would you mind”?
“Of course not dear, I was going to vacuum your room today anyway”.
“Thanks, Clara, I have to hang up, we are busy right now, I will see you both later”.
Clara dialed the plumbers’ number and asked him to come over and check the faucet.
They made an appointment for one o’ clock. Lena was vacuuming Gloria’s room. She noticed a photo of her mother on the dresser and a few little nick nacks here and there. The room was neat and tidy. Clara walked in just as Lena was finished. “Wow, I came into to dust and see what else I could do, but, I see Gloria is quite neat”. Then she noticed the corner of a white envelope sticking out of the bottom drawer of the dresser.
“What’s what”? Lena replied. Clara walked over to the dresser and opened the drawer, she pulled out an envelope. It was not sealed but it was closed. “Clara don’t you dare read that”.
“Oh, hush, Lena. I am just going to take a peek and I’ll put it back exactly the way I found it”. Just then the doorbell rang. Clara put the envelope back with the end sticking out and closed the drawer.
The plumber had arrived and Lena showed him up to Gloria’s room. He examined the faucet and fixed the leak. “Just needed a new washer ladies”. They paid him and he left.
“Now back to the envelope”. Said Clara.
“Clara, you wouldn’t want Gloria snooping around your room would you”?
“I am not under suspicion, Lena, and besides if it’s nothing I will put it right back and no harm done”. Lena just shook her head.
“I won’t have any part of it Clara, you’re on your own”.
“Alright I’ll be right back. You make a couple of sandwiches and some tea for lunch”.
Lena headed toward the kitchen and Clara up the stairs to Gloria’s room. She opened the draw just enough to get the envelope out, opened and carefully removed the papers. She was sitting on the floor not to make an imprint on the bed. She opened the paperwork and started reading. The more she read, the further her jaw dropped open. She quickly put the paperwork and envelope back exactly the way she found it and headed down to the kitchen. The sandwiches and tea were ready. Lena took one look at Clara and knew something was wrong. “What’s the matter Clara”?
“You are not going to believe this Lena. You better sit down.