Clara returned to the table. Gloria and Lena were enjoying the meal and chatting about what a beautiful day it was going to be. “Well, ladies looks like I did a good job with breakfast. Gloria was the first to reply. “Everything is delicious Clara, you are a wonderful cook”.
“Thank you, Gloria”. Lena noticed that Clara looked a bit pale.
“Are you feeling alright Clara”?
“Yes, I’m fine Lena, why do you ask”?
“You look a bit pale”.
“Nonsense. I’m just hungry”. She sat down and started eating. When all three were done and were enjoying another cup of tea Clara looked at Gloria and asked.
“Gloria, why didn’t you tell us that Clem was your father”? Gloria’s face turned red and Lena looked shocked.
“Clara”! Lena said. The three of them sat there looking at each other in silence.
“How did you find out”? Gloria asked. “Did Clem tell you”?
“No, he didn’t. We sort of found out on our own. Clara replied. Then Clem knew before he died that you were his daughter”?
“Yes. I told him”.
“When”? Tears welled up in Gloria’s eyes.
“I wasn’t really sure if my mother was telling me the truth so I sent a napkin that he used hoping there was some DNA on it and a swab with my DNA to a laboratory for analysis. I didn’t know if I would get any results but it came back positive. I told him about it when I got the positive results. He was shocked, to say the least. He didn’t know because my mother never told him about me. He wanted another test done so we went to a lab together and the results were positive again”.
“Well that’s quite interesting”, replied Clara. “Do you know if he told Jeffery”?
“No, I don’t think so he passed a few days later and Jeffery never mentioned anything to me. I assume he doesn’t know. The only thing I wanted was for him to add his name to my birth certificate. You can’t imagine what it was like growing up with unknown typed in the space where it asks for Father’s name”.
“Was he willing to do it”?
“Yes, but it does take a while and now it will never happen because he’s gone”.
“You do realize that Jeffery is your half-brother I’m sure. Have you spoken to him about this”?
“No Lena I haven’t. I don’t know if Clem told him or not, he never brought it up so I assumed he doesn’t know”.
“What about this? Clara put a copy of the blank prescription pad on the table.
“Where did you get that? What were you snooping in my belongings? Is that why you offered me a room here rent free so you could snoop around and dig up information that is none of your business? I thought you both really were sweet and kind ladies but I guess I was wrong”.
“Not true Gloria”, replied Clara.
“We do like you and I found this information quite by accident while cleaning your room as we were waiting for the plumber”.
“Are you going to tell me it just fell out of the dresser drawer by accident, I wasn’t born yesterday Clara”.
“You have every right to be upset, Gloria”. Replied Lena.
“But Clara feels that Clem was murdered and we are trying to find out if we are right or wrong. Maybe Clem did die of a heart attack or maybe someone had a motive to kill him”.
“Well, it wasn’t me! Why would I want to kill my own father? He didn’t even know I existed. I couldn’t hold that against him”.
“Can you explain why you have a blank prescription pad sheet”?
“Yes, I can, not that it’s any of your business but the doctor left it there one day after he came to see my mother, and I never returned it to him because my mother passed shortly after and then I just kept it for sentimental reasons”. Lena and Clara looked at each other. “I believe her Clara”.
“So do I, the question now is who killed Clem”? The sisters apologized to Gloria for snooping and told her they truly liked her and this was all a coincidental misunderstanding. Gloria was crying, she took the prescription paper and went up to her room. Lena got up to follow her but Clara told her to leave Gloria alone for a while. They could talk to her later. “That phone call I received was from Jack, there was a needle hole in Clem’s jugular vein”.