Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 49

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Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 49

Chapter Five

 SANITY

 You would think that the discovery of Willard Libby, or at least that he is still alive, would bring to an end the service of CCPI; though rightful credit falls in the column of pure dumb luck.

If you would ask Constance Caraway, who when she left Tallahassee it was a balmy 70 degrees Fahrenheit, her druthers may lean toward heading home, considering that a recent night’s low temperature was -10 degrees (below zero cold).

The one BUT in the equation and it is a big one, lies somewhere between a warm down-filled coat and the titanic struggle between good and evil that seems to be shaping up. Adding layers of clothing is an easy solution for the former and her unfettered Baptist belief that the devil is real, running rampant in a world ripe for defiling, the latter.

In between that creature comfort and the pit of hell, she has the no-small-matter of Willard Libby hanging over her. In the short time she and Fanny have been in Chicago, her dreams of investigatory adventure have been met, yea exceeding her expectation.

Willard Libby represents a ‘monument of righteousness’ to her. Where does it read that a man, a scientist devoted to following the trail of his research, can be snatched from that life and unceremoniously deposited into the chaos of another? Can a story as dire as this, be rewritten to her satisfaction? And what is the cost if the ending they author falls short?

Questions without answers, the world is full of them, never mind the chicken and egg. One of the more meaningful mysteries is just how old planet Earth is and how it came to be. That seems to be the very reason CCPI has been drawn into this fray. Students around the world are being taught that by all scientific calculations it is somewhere around 5 billion years old, meaning that it sat around doing nothing for most of that 5 billion years, without supporting human life.

Rather a waste of divine time.


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Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 48

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Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 48

…Martin Kamen is weak-minded, Master and being led by his nose by those flawed females…

“Fanny Renwick was a mistake, in more ways than you know. They were told to grab that vexatious Constance Caraway,” Canisso, an agent of darkness in human form, recounts the recent undesired turn in events. “We must neutralize that female Constance; she is a rose armed with a poison thorn. It is like female Caraway is being shielded by the Divine One.”

Pentateuch does not take the name of the Divine One in vain, even though He is Pentateuch’s truest contemporary, nay inestimable antagonist. The Son of Perdition used to be in the Divine One’s good grace, until and only after he challenged His authority and fancied himself an equal.

“The man Libby and his heretical work has been lost to the world he once knew, without any other to pick up his cause,” Canisso is confident in his assessment. “And the Pope’s sibling has come to a bad end.”

“I made a personal appearance to Pacelli. I helped the man deal with his own mortality,” a veiled reference to driving the Pope’s emissary to madness. “And what about the man named Martin Kamen, a contemporary of the mortal Libby with the opportunity to come to the same conclusions?”

He is weak-minded, Master and he is being led by his nose by those flawed females.i”

Serpent & Eve 1“Flawed perhaps, but still an ample adversary my dear Canisso. As when I appear in the form of an asp, so few human fear me. Just ask Eve, when in The Garden she should have run as far and as fast as her feeble legs could take her.” Pentateuch, a noble of obscurity, has little respect for the beings on the world he rules.

He inadvertently reinforces the notion that, behind every good man is a great woman, a translation for his philosophy: ‘males with potential are soiled by dominant females’.

One, two, and three: “You have everything under control, Master.”

If that is true, it would indeed be a revelation.


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Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 47

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Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 47

…You seem to have trouble finding reliable human souls to aid our cause…

“The job is done, master.”

Pentateuch, a dark figure with a frothing glow, listens intently to an underling in the form of a mere human being, “You did not take his life did you? We do not want the Divine One to react with wrath,” he speaks from a building in somewhere in the ancient city of Rome.

There is more than a modicum of deference in the deep reverberating voice from up high on his golden throne. He fiddles with miniature gold figurines on the shiny surface of a silvery chess board. The one in his grip is taken away from the three tall stacks, while the others are shifted to new positions. There is one figure to the side of the board, lying on its side with a gold thread tied around the neck.

“The man known as Willard Libby, enemy of the darkness, has had his memories taken from him. He lives, but will not be damaging the ‘Great Deception’.”

“The Great Deception was going so well until he had discovered the lie behind the secret.” Pentateuch speaks with vigilance about his proud pet project. For as long as mankind has looked up at the stars in wonder, did he plot and scheme to keep them in the dark about its true age and his relationship to its creator.

“You best be correct about this, Canisso. You seem to have trouble finding reliable human souls to aid our cause, like those two fools who could not handle one flawed female threat.”

“Fanny Renwick was a mistake. They were told to grab Constance Caraway,” Canisso, an agent of darkness in human form, recounts the recent undesired turn in events. “We must neutralize that female Constance; she is a rose, armed with a poison thorn.”


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Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 44

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Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 44

…We have a Mr. Steinberg on the line wanting information on an unknown mental patient of his…

The news on the other “good guy” at the Tolentine Summit turns out to be the opposite of fruitful. Fruitless best describes the result of the attempt to speak with Ernesto Pacelli. The word from Italy is that the Pope’s emissary was found hanging his quarters at a Rome hostel, one day after returning from the States.

“Suicide? That is about as coincidental as Fanny’s abduction.” Martin’s assessment matches Constance’s conspiracy theory, as well as statistical coincidence.

“If the conspirators are taking out the ancillary participants, what are their plans for Willard Libby?”

“Am I ancillary Connie? I need a dictionary to know where I stand.” Fanny Renwick, in moments of insecurity, will verbally test her partner, as it applies to her commitment to “them” as a couple.

“Come on Fanny, you know what I mean. That Pacelli guy was a mouthpiece for the Roman Catholic Church… not the Pope, not even…,” she remembers something else, “…we’ve completely forgotten about Cardinal Stritch, he was a late arriver to Tolentine,” she refers to that entrance as described by Sister Mary Joseph. “He is the Archbishop of the Chicago Diocese, a pretty big local fish in his own right!”

Before she can pick up the phone to dial the University switchboard and get the Cardinal’s number, the black desk phone rings proactively. She instinctively backs away, deferring to the man of the house.

“Martin Kamen,” he states with assertion.

“This is Mildred at the phone hub, Professor Kamen. We have a Mr. Steinberg on the line wanting information on an unknown mental patient of his, a man who keeps referring to the University.”

“Indeed,” he covers the phone with his palm. “I think someone may be calling about Will!”

“Take the call, I’ll jump on the extension,” she runs up the stairs, excited about the only outside reference about the man since they came to Chicago, almost a week ago.


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Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 43

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…Conspiracy was the one word that Constance was hoping (expecting) to hear…

…Billy Graham’s case for Creation Part 3…

“Okay, I understand that Adam and Eve thing,” Constance wants to expand the conversation to a wider topic, “but what about things like the Grand Canyon; my father took us on vacation there and frankly it must have taken millions of years for the Colorado Rivers to go a mile deep into the desert.”

“Darlin’ girl you raise that age old argument. I believe Msgr. Georges Lemaitre said, If the world has begun with a single quantum, the notions of space and time would altogether fail to have any meaning at the beginning; they would only begin to have a sensible meaning when the original quantum had been divided into a sufficient number of quanta. If this suggestion is correct, the beginning of the world happened a little before the beginning of space and time.’

“You can already see the confusion in the scientific community. When you throw in some clever bloke like Fred Hoyle calling it “The Big Bang” and off we go into the nonsense of mans’ imagination.

“But God is not fiction and when he created His Universe, he built an aged look into it. Just like Adam and Eve were not created babies, the Garden of Eden and the planet Earth and the Universe appear to have been around for billions of years; convenient thoughts that wash God away from the canvas, the signature of the original artist.”

“I was curious to what Libby’s plans were, or did he just not say,” Constance is refining the order of events that led to his missing-ness.

“You must know that the man seemed to be carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders. He knew he was going to alienate some people when he went public with this information of his. He did intimate that he had proof of a grand conspiracy to keep the general public from ever knowing the truth.

“I must say that the man has the courage of conviction to carry this exposé forward.”

Conspiracy was the one word that Constance was hoping (expecting) to hear.

“Would you do us a favor, Mr. Graham, if you come upon anything new, would you please ring us up?” Constance gives him the newly secure telephone number at Kamen’s residence.

“I will do Miss Caraway and I pray that Libby’s whereabouts are revealed to you. May he be in good health and Father, allow this man to bring the light of truth to a misinformed world,” Graham’s lips to God’s ear.


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Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 39

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Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 39

…In fiction,V. Wolfgram is a lieutenant of Mephistopheles, an agent of the Devil …

Mesphistopheles

Meanwhile, in the cloistered world of the University Library, Martin and Fanny are buried in books. There is nothing like a good old fashioned working over of the Dewey Decimal System. Martin has assigned Fanny a list of authors and books that keeps her hustling between the fifty foot mahogany table they are using and the extensive card catalogue and its 100 meticulously ordered drawers.

“Not another one?!” Fanny is working her namesake off. “Johann Wolfgang von Goethe? Now that’s a doozy!”

“Try 89_.2__G___f1808….lit-goethe-faust-1808.”

“You are incredible, Martin,” she tells him, having cross-referenced that general number to Faust, I, 1. 1700.  She plops the heavy volume down with a thud, “Constance is probably hiding behind some fake tree in that skyscraper; while I’m being worked like a rented mule.”

“Well Fanny, you are rented, we both are sort of,” Constance states, appearing on the scene.

“You’re back!”

“And not without a story of my own,” she looks over to Eddie who just shakes his head up, down and side to side. “What have you two bookworms found?”

“As I had suspected the name of Wolfgram is a bit player found in this version of Doctor Faustus.” Martin is in his element.

“Faust sold his soul to the Devil didn’t he?”

“Yes he did, but the Devil always has a representative of his to do the dirty work.”

“Are you telling me that you think Satan has something to do with this case?” Constance reluctantly buys into the notion.

“I have been attempting to make the connection between the men who were down there at Tolentine. Unexpectedly, Vincent Wolfgram does not exist on any official document I can find.

“So, I turn to fiction; V. Wolfgram is a lieutenant of Mephistopheles, the agent of the Devil who serves Faust in his quest for extra-earthly pleasure,” Martin summarizes.

“Then why did Billy Graham, Libby and that pope guy allow him at the meeting?” Fanny sees logic leaving the room.

“Good question, but they may have been under the impression that Wolfgram was some sort of government official connected to Argonne. Maybe he was part of the Manhattan Project and Will (Libby) somehow trusted him, I don’t know.”


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Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 33

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Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 33

…A simple 2×3.5” handout gives them their first truly tangible clue…

The good news: Fanny is set free. The bad news: her hands are tied and they have pushed Schneiderher out of the car, somewhere near a rail yard. She is tossed into the heart of Midwest industrialization; factories, diesel powered trains and trucks. Needless to say, she sticks out, a Florence Nightingale in a Rosie the Riveter world.

As luck would have it, she is picked by Schneider Transportation truck driver within ten minutes. He questions not, her bound hands and rumpled appearance, “I’m headed to Wisconsin,” she is told.

“I’m taking Halsted all the way back into the city. I bet those guys are headed for the Loop,” Eddie advises. The Loop is what makes Chicago industry tick.

“Just get us back in one piece. We now have two missing people to locate.” Constance has learned to act in a calculated manner, unlike her spontaneous friend whom they now must add to their to-do list. “This is getting harder to figure out by the minute.”

“Well I found out how to get into this attaché.” Martin delivers the first of a series of fortune reversals. There was also some meaty paperwork tucked into a hidden compartment in this “cold war” era design. “There is a business card in here:”

The simple 2×3.5” handout gives them their first truly tangible clue.

“Agnostica? That implies that they do not believe “in” God or “a” God.”

agnostic

aɡˈnästik/

noun

 1. a person who believes that nothing is known or can be known of the existence or nature of God or of anything beyond material phenomena; a person who claims neither faith nor disbelief in God.

“That certainly is consistent with the religious theme we keep running into,” they continue to stumble upon more clues with each passing pothole littered on their path back through the Chicago South Shore. This briefcase is a huge coup.

“There is a list of names in here… and my name is on it.” Martin Kamen swallows hard upon seeing his name right below Willard Libby while above Fermi and Sam Ruben.


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