Forever Mastadon ~ Episode 104
…“My cousin Hilbert from Sandwich is a crop-duster,” proof that Eddie D. is getting back to his old self…
With Fanny away in Florida, Constance Caraway respectfully skips the Tolentine performance in favor of a well-being check at the home of Eddie Dombroski. She has taken personal responsibility for putting the man in harms way. An experienced private eye should have guessed that Eddie would want to be the one to rescue his wife, even though they were only playing a hunch and he normally followed orders to the letter.
Edie Dombroski has been so gracious in the face of this family crisis. She is a gritty city woman, loving on the inside with an urban-tested exterior. Her husband had been mugged in the past, had his share of fender benders and even had a hand in stopping a bank robbery, but he had never taken a bullet to his midsection or his left shoulder
“Do you need a spleen?” is one of the questions Eddie has for his post-op caretakers. His other was more of a commentary, “Lucky for me I’m a righty; I can steer, shift gears, the whole ball-of- wax.”
“You won’t be driving any time soon Edward Francis,” Edie lays down the law. “Miss Caraway has given us $1000 dollars so you/we can make it to spring.”
Constance’s care extends to her pocketbook.
“Don’t forget about that color television she bought us. I bet we’re the first on the block to have one,” he brags, “and it has a record player too!”
“You can see I’ll have my hands full,” she casts a lamenting gaze Constance’s way. “Guess who has to change the channels? Edie this, Edie that, Edie I could use a snack…..”
“I cannot help you with that Mrs. Dombroski; though I did keep the receipt from Goldblatt’s Department Store?”
“Oh no you don’t missy!”
“I need to get going,” she checks her Timex wristwatch, “I’ve got to meet a friend at Meigs Field.”
“No, she’s back in Tallahassee on a case.”
“Meigs? That’s that new runway on the lake, but it’s only for private planes.”
“My friend has a BeechCraft Bonanza.”
“Does this flyboy have a name?”
“And my name is Clark Kent.” Not Elvis or Gene Kelly.
“Well Clark, I’ll bring Ace around for a visit while he’s in town.”
“My cousin Hilbert from Sandwich is a crop-duster, no airports needed for him. I mean to tell you, when he comes home for lunch he just flies right up to his back door.”
Proof that Eddie is getting back to his old self.
“Sandwich? I have relatives in Bologna!”
Constance is always herself.
CONSTANCE CARAWAY P.I.