Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 45

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Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 45

…the patient is a mumbling, stammering, jittery mess with the look of a drug addict…

“Take the call, I’ll jump on the extension,” Constance runs up the stairs, excited about the only outside reference about the man since they came to Chicago, almost a week ago. She takes a backseat on the following conversation:

“Thank you Millie, put him through to me.” After an electrical buzz he prompts, “Hello Martin Kamen here?”

“My name is D. Louis Steinberg, the Superintendent of Elgin State Hospital. I need to speak with someone about a patient in our care.”

“A patient, is he about six feet tall with sandy colored brown hair?” Martin describes Willard’s physical countenance from the neck up.

“Why yes, as a matter of fact and the only thing of substance we can get out of him concerns the University of Chicago. He had a jam packed pocket protector with this telephone number on the top of the list.” Steinberg is attempting to piece together information that will lead to identifying a John Doe.

“Does he have a crooked index finger,” something only a friend would notice or even care about.

“Why yes, when we asked him to sign his name… and he couldn’t, I did notice that he was left handed,” something a friend can use to confirm the possibility of that being Libby.

Left handed and if he did sign his name you would not have been able to read it,” hen scratching that he has spent the last 5 years having to decode.

“Well then perhaps he did write his name—-which you are telling me, is?”

“I believe you have a Dr. Willard Libby of the Biochemistry Department at the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory.”

“Why yes, he does have an intelligent look about him, but I can tell you that that’s where it ends. He is a mumbling, stammering, jittery mess with the look of a drug addict needing his fix.” Steinberg administrates a mental health facility. “I was playing a hunch, when I called your University about this patient. He exhibits the effects of electro-shock, not the addictive profile one would assume.”

“The only thing he is addicted to is his work, the half-life of the radioisotope Carbon-14.”

“My yes,” Steinberg’s short response to a surprisingly weighty subject. “What do you suggest we do with him; there is no one who would be his advocate?”


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Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 28

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Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 28

…Sister Joe lets slip one very important previously unreported detail…

Constance appears to wander aimlessly through the halls, looking for tangible clues left behind by eclectic, if not curious assortment of men. She checks all the waste baskets she can find, not exactly an ordinary thing to do.

“Forgive us, but the custodian is on a leave of absence. Coincidently, we have no bookings scheduled for the next three weeks, too cold for folks I guess. I haven’t had the chance to take out the trash.”

“That’s okay, just hoping to find something, anything about the Pope… I’m a big fan.” More like big liar, but her sticky fingers do net some scraps of paper with, hopefully debris from the meeting of the six eclectic men.

Sister Joe lets slip one very important previously unreported detail.

“There was a briefcase left alongside the conference table in the conference room, but when I told Will about it, he said it wasn’t his. It requires a key, so he said it must belong to that man that government gentleman. I left it right where I found it. Wouldn’t that Mr. Wolfgram come back for it if it was important?”

Martin Kamen nods emphatically, doing his level best to keep Mary Joseph’s attention away from the girls, who by now are scurrying through Tolentine like mice in the cover of darkness.

“Not here,” says one.

“Not here,” says the other in passing.

“Nothing.”

“Notta.”

“Got it!” Fanny proclaims.

“Head straight for the car, Fan. Tell Eddie to stay at the ready. Me and Marty will try to get some more info from her even though I don’t think she has no clue about what has gone on here.”

“Neither does us.”

“Maybe no, maybe yes, but we are about to know more about something, so get out to the car before she sees you with that thing!”

Sainted Aunt Mary had one thing of value to share about her nephew’s stay. “He seemed normal to me, said he would invite me over for Christmas, us both being alone for the holiday. I guess he had a change of plans; never heard back from him.”

Related image“Yes, something unexpected came up.”

“Tell him that I love him, when you see him.”

“We will Sister Franks,” Martin promised, hoping they would get the chance to deliver the message.


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THE RETURN TRIP – Episode 262

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THE RETURN TRIP – Episode 262

…the McKinney custom of sharing a meal with the Eridanians continues, but…

Van Gogh: Three People Sharing a Meal

…One solitary creature stays behind, having eavesdropped on the serious, troubling conversation between family members. Ekcello did not enjoy spying on them, but it is the only way he can gauge their emotional temperature; not only the immediate, but the long run effect. The humans have permeated his perfect previously ordered world and it concerns him.

Would he, could he allow Eridanus slip back into that trap, the morass of emotion and busy-ness that they had worked so many years to suppress? Or is this Earthly infusion what his world needs to step away from the sideline of galactic influence, back into the main-stem of time and space?

And what is best (or fairest) outcome for these strangers in a strange land? Ekcello knows full well that this is not where they belong. —

Strangers

— For some reason, perhaps wanting nothing to do with sleep, after two-point-five years of it, or maybe the overall mellowing of his general personality, Gus lightens up considerably. Being in the presence of universal beauty may be part of it, along with his brother’s keen interest in one specific beauty; “Cool beans… Say Deke, when was the last time you’ve been on a real date? Was it that electrical engineer in the propulsion department; smarter than she was pretty, but prettier than she was interesting?”

He glares back at him. Gus has the Sampson McKinney gene for speaking out of class, as well as forgetting that the walls have ears, “She can hear you, fool!” He is quite protective of her feelings. “Cerella is explaining a specific function on the food module and you are talking smack!”

“Tell me they have pizza here?!” Gus can only hope.

“She has done her best to program some of my favorites.” Deke has the dope. “She is closing in on liver & onions (pause for effect),” the steaming round object, flat and smeared with a red sauce, dotted with something, and topped with something else that seems to have melted, has miraculously appeared in their wall-mounted food dispenser, “oh and pizza”.

Together, this cosmic trio, consisting of 2 prospective lovers and one Gus, sit around a table sampling the neo-American delicacy and its odd gratification. The one who is new to pizza is exhilarated by the experience; thus are the unpretentious pleasures of the simple life.


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THE RETURN TRIP – Episode 222

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THE RETURN TRIP – Episode 222

…The physical appeal of these Eridanians is an acquired taste… much like oysters on the half-shell or a shot of MALÖRT liquor is for the uneducated palate..

An Acquired Taste by Johan Potma

There is a meeting of two worlds, 9 light-years apart in The Milky Way and a light-century apart in societal progress…

Light-Years-Away-feat-DBX1

…From the tiptop of this whimsical Eridanian structure to the place where the NEWFOUNDLANDER has come home to roost, whatever lay beneath is marginally visible. Intermittent banks of mist-laden clouds do not help visibility, although the cool condensed water vapor is oddly refreshing to their weary spirits.

About the time when Sampson’s headache minimally abates, Ekcello breaks the silence. He knows that Sampson McKinney is the head of this Earthly family, but is frustrated by not having an acceptable method of two-way communicating. With each successive go ‘round it gets better, but an apt comparison would be, having a productive conversation with a pet or coffeemaker.

#We have decided to extract your background information from your mate. How long she is needed depends on her ability to recover from our sessions.#

#You and your offspring will be given our best accommodations, to meet the requirements of your human form. We endeavor that you acquire the skills needed for prompt communication. Please feel free to ask for your maximum needs#

On a similar wavelength as Ekcello, Deimostra takes her father by the hand. He is not exactly feeling like his confident “Sammy Mac” self.

Another robed figure, an overtly feminine specimen unlike preceding procession of “male” figures, appears out of nowhere when they step off that drastic elevator experience. The physical appeal of these Eridanians is an acquired taste… much like oysters on the half-shell or a shot of MALÖRT liquor is for the uneducated palate, but this “woman” has a look of elegance and grace, an Eridanian version of beauty.

Ekcello’s parting statement to them accounts for this observation, #As Deimostra is to Sampson, Cerella is to me. She is heiress to the High Counsel. She will assist you in getting you settled for now and when the time is correct, she will take you on a tour of the planet that will forever be your home#


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THE RETURN TRIP – Episode 139

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THE RETURN TRIP – Episode 139

…Talk to me Tuesday continues, as Francine begins to reel in the illusive astronaut.

In the course of a 3-course cattle-country lunch, Roy lays out his vision, Francine’s upfront role as his Press Secretary. “I never was any good at suffering fools, so dealing with worldwide media is not my strong suit. I mean you can’t teach physics to a preschooler, can you?”

“I’m not so sure anymore, from what Gus was telling me, they already have the necessary education to go straight into the astronaut program.”

“Gus is also positive that Earth has been visited by beings from another planet and that they have been doing since before Jesus Christ was born.”

“B.C. meaning Before Cleopatra?”

“Right, and A.D. means After  Dinosaurs. God bless him for his imagination, but for all our science, we have yet to confirm anyone’s evidence on any alien incursion.” {He could be wrong about that, right?} “Getting back to my need for a media maven; we seem to be able to work extremely well together, you can put words in my mouth and then I can focus on the important things.”

“I thought you did a good job handling me and the other scoops. I had to force my way into your insulated world.”

“Insulated… good word, but I would describe me as “in a zone”, with all the chaos going on around me. That pre-launch stuff, they have made movies about, but the difference is, I had no script to follow…and I don’t like having to explain my decisions.”

“No one can blame you for appearing myopic. I think you require the visage of The Great and Powerful OZ, while you do your thing behind the curtain.”

“Well there you go; the Wizard of OZ needs another full complement of senses to help me out.”

“I’ll give you that OZ and Dorothy raises you mine,” she tosses tortilla chips onto the breakfast nook table like she is kicking in poker chips to the pot.

“I ‘call’,” he answers as he pretends to turn over, “2 pair… Kings and Jacks.”

“Three 10s and a pair of queens… full house, I win!”

“Yes you do,” he pushes the chips over, swallows hard and then out of the blue he ups the ante, “I am not sure this is the right time, but here goes nothing: As sure as a black hole devours light, Francine Bouchette, you have captured my heart.”

All this while they have been having their adult conversation in plain sight of their two tablemates, Deke and Gus McKinney, who do a fist bump, a high five and a pinky-link, having seen Francine’s hand reach across the table, a tear trickling
down her cheek.

Deke proclaims, “Is that the best you can come up with Uncle Roy? Black Hole, that’s so cornball.”


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THE RETURN TRIP – Episode 138

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THE RETURN TRIP – Episode 138

…Roy Crippen’s 3-2-1-0 plan is already as obsolete as Sputnik…

 

3. Elucidate his concept of Francine employment,

c) to her and NASA.

2. Clarify the status of the McKinney boys care,

b) as neither he or Braden can do it right now.

1. Describe his feelings for her,

a) when he doesn’t fully understand them.

Oh. Pray that she feels the same about him,

No) now that he has left himself open for a huge fall.

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1. It doesn’t hurt to pray.

2. She must have quit her job or she wouldn’t be here now.

3. She has the whole ranch eating out of her hand.

“I am impressed Francine! For a city slicker, it looks like you have taken to life out here very well,” he kisses her on the cheek, just as if he has been doing it for years. There is something about assumed affection that is good for building a solid relational foundation…. he thinks.

“I like it out here,” she kisses him back, “and forgive me for wondering why you don’t have a house of your own on the ranch?”

“That happens to be on my “someday” list of things to do, but there never seemed to be any hurry, with me eating, living, and breathing Space Colony 1.”

“And I guess you will be doing the same with Space Colony 2?” Francine is fishing.

“Things are happening, even changing so fast that I may have to make some mid-flight adjustments. Like right now, for example: If I could, I would head for the sawmill shed and start picking out lumber for that house. Trouble is, I’d be borrowing bits and pieces from everyone else’s life to make something out of mine.”

“Did you ever stop to think that that is how it is done?” Francine is setting the hook.

“Well, I guess I should start by delegating more at work…”

“You can start by coming into the house and talking to me. I think we have some new ground to cover.” Francine begins to reel him in.


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THE RETURN TRIP – Episode 135

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…Braden King recalls Roy’s turn-of-the-century (21st) brushes with death and matrimony…

“Hot dogs, pizza puffs, mac & cheese, and Kool-Aid, that’s pretty much it, but I managed to talk my way onto an adult menu.”

“That’s the food, now what about the drugs and do they make them strong enough to tame you down?”

“Tame me or tie me down? When the boys went missing, I guessed that pushed me over the edge,” the stricken man admits. “Don’t you have a real job to go to Francine?”

“Naw, I trashed that gig when I agreed to fly off to Jamaica with you-know-who.”

 

“Yeah? Wow! I didn’t see that coming.”

“Do you think I was expecting this? I have been a big fan of Roy for a while now, but that man has got into my head and I don’t think that there is a cure for what ails me.”

“You got the Creeping Crippen! You can’t get it out of your clothes and that stain it leaves on your heart does not wash out.”

“You are his best friend Braden, so tell me the truth: Why has he never married?”

He takes her aside, “Well there he was, got his first big break after becoming an astronaut, pegged to test-pilot out a nuclear powered shuttle prototype. He was engaged to a Florida socialite at the time and she didn’t like him leaving the atmosphere, especially when she learned the nickname for test pilots, it starts
with an “L”.”

“Lunar-tics?”

“That’s a good one, but no–Lab Rats,” he recalls Roy’s turn-of-the-century (21st) brushes with death and matrimony. “When he came back to Earth, she had gone with her parents to Europe and he never heard from her again. Six months later she made headlines by marrying a 70 yr. old Greek winemaker…wasn’t right for him anyhow, but he never got over losing.”

“Was he heartbroken?” Francine loves to guess.

No. She never gave him his diamond ring back. That’s what he hated losing!”

Image result for mean nurse“Out, out, out,” the floor supervisor whispers loudly, “it is past midnight and Master King has tests scheduled first thing.”

“Never mind “Nurse No-Fun”; that’s what the other kids call her.”

“Other kids?” She gives a one-armed hug, careful not to disturb all the tubes and machines. “We will see you tomorrow, Braden. Come on boys, this filly needs to pick out a bunk.”

It is Braden’s home but, “Roy’s room at the ranch is the last door on the left. It has its own bath and I told the cleaning gal you would be coming.”


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