Alpha Omega M.D. – Episode #74

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Alpha Omega M.D. – Episode #74

…This night, when her husband does tarry in rural Tallahassee, Amanda is thinking the worst…

Back in Quincy, there is a struggle of a different sort; the remnants of two families, one staying the course, the other wondering if it will survive sudden changes.

Phoebe Love’s unconditional love for her husband and her God allows her the freedom to trust that everything is all right.

Amanda Campbell, on the other hand, whose tenuous insecurities dominate her previously ignorant consciousness, worries unnecessarily and labors mightily with a son who will forever test his boundaries. Hosea Campbell is smart, but not in a book taught way.

Hosea Campbell

This night, when her husband does tarry in rural Tallahassee, Amanda is thinking the worst. It does not help that Hosea, after completing his duties at the creamery, specifically milking the many head of Jersey milk cows, he pulls his regular disappearing act. Mother suspects that he is up to no good, but has no good ideas as how to shackle a 16 year old, who dresses in fancy clothes of his own acquire and has friends that are much older. The fact that he smokes cigarettes is not as bothersome as the late hour escapades that leave him reeking of alcohol and in need of a swift kick in the morning for motivation.

And even though Willy is usually fast asleep at eight o’clock in the evening, at least he is there for moral support.

Where could he be?

Wayward worries include bands of marauding blacks, like those that had escaped from Sumter South the day of insurrection, seeking booty from revelers along the road to Tallahassee. The true only between them and the Campbells is that the Campbells were “lucky in Love” so-to-speak.. Those who have not gone north to find employment, lingering aimlessly, are surviving on the leftovers or ill-gotten gains, above the law.lions_tigers_and_bears

Or, perhaps they had a broken wheel on that huge ice wagon. They may be forced to sleep in the middle of nowhere, under the stars, potential prey for lions & tigers & bears. Poor little Alfrey would be a mere appetizer for the hungry beasts. Her precious Alfrey must be in danger.


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Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 89

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Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 89

…Find the nearest firehouse Fanny, get help, Eddie has taken two to the gut…

Eddie notices a black Cadillac ironically similar to the one that ran them off the road on the way back from Tolentine. It is parked at the side entrance to O’Malley’s.  Inadvisably, he does not share this useful tidbit with his employers, letting them out two blocks to the south as he was instructed.

It is a sound plan; evaluate then act.

Without fanfare Eddie steps on the gas of the sedan, charging up behind the black car. The Packard screeches to an abrupt stop, blocking it in. It seems he is taking matters into his own hands.

“What the hell is he doing, he doesn’t have a gun?” Constance laments.

This was not part of the plan.

Eddie jumps out the passenger side door and storms into the building.

Constance has broken into an all-out gallop in a futile attempt to stop him, her Beretta is drawn. Shrieks at her determined comrade go unheeded.

Shortly after he disappears inside the side entrance, she hears two sharp reports, then silence. She polishes a hole onto a side window to see inside. There is a single man’s body lying next to a person bound and gagged on a chair.

She motions to Fanny has to go around to the rear of the single story structure to secure that exit.

Plan B needs to be good.

Without hesitation, Constance charges into the skirmish. The element of surprise is on her side.

There are two men in the process of rolling Eddie’s bloodied torso over, presumably to see if he is still alive. The person in the chair is beside herself. Presumably it is Edie Dombroski.

Fanny sees what is going on and creates a distraction from the back of the garage. The men rain bullets at her as she ducks between disassembled vehicles and barrels of petroleum products.

Constance steals a quick look at Eddie, and then shoots at both men in turn, one bullet apiece, with deadly accuracy from the kneeling position; no questions asked and none required.

“Find the nearest firehouse Fanny, get help, Eddie has taken two to the gut!

Luckily, Engine #4 is around the corner on Division Street.


Constance Caraway P.I.

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Engine #4 Division Street

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