Forever Mastadon ~ Episode 31
The letters F M are scrawled on the reflective glass, using a bar of soap.
F M —- F for what? Fanny? Then what’s the M represent.
The meaning of the 2 letters is secondary to the fact that Fanny is nowhere to be seen. She scampers to the order counter. “Have you seen a skinny redhead about my tall?” No. She gallops out to their empty car. She sprints back inside to report on the mysterious happenings to the guys, who fan out to cover more ground.
“I’m thinking that our close call was no accident,” Eddie concludes.
The day manager of the restaurant blocks public entry down the restroom hall, allowing Martin to legally enter to women’s facilities. “F M, frequency modulation? Not likely.” Using his other senses, he wonders, “That smell, I know it….. CHCl 3, chloroform or dichloromethane.
“That was used as anesthesia in early surgical medicine. Doc Campbell used it at his hospital back in Florida.”
“Correct and it is the fastest way to render someone unconscious, against their will.”
“She’s been kidnapped, hasn’t she.” Constance shivers at the thought. “How in God’s name did whoever know we were stopping to eat? Were we being tailed Eddie?”
“No! We’ve only gone 2 miles since we left the nunnery and we weren’t followed there or here.”
“In the world of cause and effect we have this: unknown device and missing woman. We must have a track-able gadget locked it in the trunk and we didn’t figure that out?.”
“Hindsight always provides the best view, Constance.”
“But I allowed us to let our guard down and Fanny is gone!” That is no ordinary woman to her. Fanny Renwick is her housemate and partner in crime.
“Don’t think the worst, Con,” Eddie, while beside his self in worry, has to maintain a clear head; he is driving.
“If she’s still alive, there are four million people here-about, about being 2000 square miles,”
“I get the feeling that Fanny may be a pawn/bargaining chip in this widening mystery. They may be contacting us sooner than later.” Martin draws a daunting comparison.
“Like your friend, Libby?”
“Let’s head back to the house and sort through the goodies we have. Just think, in one secluded meeting we have a famous Evangelist in Graham, an incomparable scientist in Fermi, leading Catholic figures outside Rome, not to mention Willard Libby.”
“Don’t leave out that government guy, Wolfgram. If the US State Department or FBI is involved, who knows what is going on?”
CONSTANCE CARAWAY P.I. ~