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Monday, November 24, 2014

New Lives..Recent Death


A bright Sunny Morning and I, Kevin Morris, sometime Private Investigator stood outside the doorway of my former client..Jean Stevens new house.....Jean had been in the middle of a case I had investigated almost two years ago...She had become a friend since then,like most of my clients.. Jean Stevens was a very attractive young woman...I was pleasently surprised when I visited her that first time...I expected a spinster....She was anything but that.....A divorcee, with a grown son and daughter in college...She lived alone...

At the time of my initial investigation...Jean Stevens had been educated in Philadelphia public schools, had gotten a bachelors at Drexel University, majoring in Chemistry and had then gotten a Masters at Howard University....She was married and lived in D.C. where she gave birth to a son, then 22, attending Howard ..He has since graduated and is married and living somewhere in this area. and a daughter, 21 ,attending Morgan State...She too is now a graduate and living close by..Engaged ,I believe...

Jean divorced her kids father about ten years ago and returned to Philadelphia when her mother died...Her father moved in with her... Her father retired from his government job with a pretty decent pension and had been lucky with the stock market and came into some more money....I investigated his murder, which was how I met Jean in the first place....Her fathers killers were living in the sub-basement of a property my wife and her partner,Bonita Foxworth were preparing for sale.It was one of my more memorable cases...I worked on it with Sissy and her detectives.

Jean, who worked for a Pharmecutical company was making a modest salary..She had gotten involved with another former client of mine, Millionaire Playboy ,Rollie Rollerson.. after the case...Not the best move for her...but...That was none of my business.
  Recently, I head heard from fellow Private Investigator, Donnie Ray Alexander that Jean and Rollie had had a rather public break up in Josie's about a month ago.....The skirt chasing Millionaire had been caught with a young girl in a rather uncompromising position and Jean had splashed him with champaigne...Shipped his clothes back to him and told him not to try and contact her ever again...
Jean had put her house up  for sale and had bought this beautiful house ,sold to her by my wife ,Sepia and her partner, Bonita Turner...Jean had changed all of phone numbers,Landline and Cell phone and had started working at a new job...She wanted no part of Rollie Rollerson....He had gone to his lawyer,Olivia Bennett-Alexander ,a friend of mine  and Donnie Ray's wife..and had begged her for the services of her husband...Donnie Ray Alexander, a top notch private investigator to locate Jean...Who he was desperately trying to get back with...She refused....She said that this was not a legal matter and she wanted no parts of his relationship problems...Good Ole Livy..Loved that girl and her husband...and her pretty little niece, Beverly too..Also an ex-client of mine.




This call came from Jean and I'm certain it had nothing to do with Rollie.. I waited for ten minutes and finally Jean came to the door..
"Kevin...Kevin...So nice to see you." she said ,greeting me with a big smile and looking lovely in a beautiful blue print dress...She had on a nice fragrance that was just enchanting...

''Don't stand there...come on in...See my new diggs." she said.

Her house was beautiful....

"Baby girl..I'm impressed...You stepped up in a big way..."I said.

Jean laughed...

"It's funny...You calling me 'Baby Girl.' You make me feel so sexy..." she said.

I didn't need to say anything to make her feel or look sexy...Even though she was about a decade older than me...She was definitely sexy...



She gave me a tour of the house......And finally , we sat down in her living room...

"Well Kevin...The reason why I brought you here is because I have a problem..A problem that calls for your expertise..." she said.

"So this doesn't concern Rollie?" I joked..

"Oh Heavens no...I don't ever want to see him again...I know you hang out at Josie's and you must have heard the story by now...He was fooling around with the Gambler, Stephen Bristol's fiance...I caught them in the act..his tongue down her throat and grinding on her in a corner....I cooled his jets for him..." she said.

I smiled..

"Yes..I heard...You wasted some pretty expensive champaigne on him." I said ,laughing and slapping my knee...

She laughed too...

II-
"Well moving away from that...Besides buying this new house...I've started working at a new job...A Non-profit...I've been there awhile now..About six months...My girlfriend..A  Mary Shipley died last week....Drug Overdose....I need you to look into it." she said.

"Jean, don't you think that's a job for the cops or the DEA?....I have friends in the police department...and the DEA..." I said.

"I know you do....But they just ruled her death mis-adventure..She was a party girl..That's true..but in the weeks before her death...She was upset...She kept telling me that somebody at the job was dealing...and that it was way deeper than what anybody suspected...She kept telling me about a real dangerous guy." said Jean Stevens..

"This Dangerous guy got a name?" I asked..

"Yes...Skye Tyler...She said that he was dealing dangerous designer drugs...Made in a lab....They weren't good and a few of her friends were getting sick...She was afraid of him...I think she had confronted him...Next thing I know..She's dead..." she said...

"You suspect foul play?" I said.

"Yes..You had to see how afraid she was.... She was my friend Kevin...When I started working there ,she helped me find my way around...She taught me the job....She was young ..Her life was just beginning...She didn't need to die like that....I think this Skye person and his associates killed her to cover up something." she said.

"Okay Jean...Tomorrow, take me to your job...Show me around..I'll look into it...I've got a friend...Dr. Hazel Hunter -Baylor...She's a forensic investigator...I'll have her look into the cause of death and I'm tight with a Lieutenant and six great Detectives as well as a damn good DEA agent...I'll see if I can get them interested in this..."

"Thank you so much Kevin...I knew I could count on you." she said. I stood up and she stood too...She hugged me...Like Sissy,Like Mercedes, Like Sharon....all of these women were soft and round...and tempting... I eased gently out of our embrace...and smiled..

"Maybe I'll bring you some good news."I said.

"Oh and Kevin...I know he's somewhat of a friend of yours...but not a word to Rollie about me.." she said.

"Mums the word."I said.

III-


I went to see the very sexy Forensic Investigator, Dr. Hazel Hunter-Baylor...Duke's wife...The next day..

She was examining the body of a murder victim when I arrived...She smiled when she saw me...

"Heyyyy Kevin, how are you? I haven't seen you since Sissy's wedding.." she said.

"I know...She and Eddie C. still in Cancun?" I asked.


"Yes..She'll be back next week...Jimmy and Angie are in L.A. on their honeymoon too."she said.


"Wow! So who's running the shop?" I asked..

"My husband is like the Senior Detective...So he's running the shop...Him and Tyriq...Imagine that?" she giggled..

 "Well they both  are very capable.."I said.....Thinking of Carlotta,Sirena,Hop, And FBI agent Sharon Ferrell-Hopkins..All very capable people..People I'd worked with on many cases...Sissy had nothing to worry about..Her shop was in good hands.







"So....What brings you by here to see me?" she asked...

"Do you still have the body of a Mary Shipley?" I asked.

"Why yes!  She died a week ago and I'm waiting for next of kin to claim the body..Drug Overdose."she said.

"Did you do a tox on her?" I asked.

"Yes..." she died of a drug overdose....but I know you....You suspect foul play right?" she asked..

"Welll,I was asked by an interested party to give it a deeper look.."I said.

"She was found in her apartment...The injection was between her toes and her arms looked as if she had been held down...Friction marks...And these drugs...I've never seen anything like these before..They look like they are man-made...in a lab..Something new.." she said.

"I know you're sending that report to the DEA aren't you?" I asked..

"Yes..I have to..." she said.

"Could I make a copy of it?" I asked..

She looked around...

"Hurry up......and Kevin...this didn't happen..." she said.

"Oh of course not...Your back was turned and you didn't see me making copies."I said
as I snapped photos of the report." I said,smiling at her salaciously..
Hazel gave me a devilish smile back and I made copies of her tox file and Cause of death files..

"Thanks Hazel." I said...

"Don't mention it Kevin." she said.

"Tell the guys I said hello." I said as I left her office.

IV-


I was done for the day....I headed home...To my delight..I found my "Adopted "Daughter",Josie Boyd sitting in my living room rocking my biological daughter, Kimberly to sleep...She had just taken her bottle from her...

"Hi Kevin...Just dropping by to pay you a visit...and to see this cute baby of yours ."she said.

Her late father, once one of the city's major Gangster's had been a client of mine...He had gotten himself killed....I promised him as he lay dying that I would always look out for his daughter, Josie...

Josie was now a grown woman in her early twenties...She was working for Attorney Olivia Bennett and her niece, Beverly as their office manager...She visited me and Sepia a lot more than I visited her...Something I was going to have to rectify...She was a good girl...Working and keeping her nose clean...Her gangster father, the late Joe Boyd had left her well taken care of, but I admired the fact that she still held down a job...

"So what's new with you? Sorry I missed your birthday the other night." I said...

"Oh that's okay....You know I sold my house recently?" she said.

"What? That big house your daddy left you?" I said.

"Yeah...It was too much house for me..Your wife and Ms. Bonita just sold me a new house..A little smaller and closer to where I work...Which is just a few blocks from here." she said.

"And closer to where Blake and Paris live right?" I said.  I smiled..I knew that she was seeing Paris ...

"Nothin gets by you does it? You and Donnie Ray are so much alike."she smiled..

I nodded...

My wife Sepia walked into the living room...

"I told Josie she could stay with us until her house is ready." she said.

"Cool with me..I'll get that extra room ready for her." I said.

"I already did."said Sepia..

"My stuff is in storage...Most of it anyway." she said.

"So you're all set." I said....

"Josie, could you take the baby upstairs and lay her down in her room?" said Sepia..

"Sure she said as she walked upstairs with our baby...


I hadn't seen my wife, Sepia all day....I kissed her passionately for about a minute...

"Wow what was that for?" she asked..

"I missed you...And it's so nice..."I said.

"What's so nice?" she said.

"Having a house full of people..When I bought this house..It was empty...Just me.. Sean Jackson lived a few doors down by himself ,until he married Sheila..As was this neighborhood..Now so many of my friends live around here..Chris and Chess and Rell, Donald Smooth,Mabel and 88, Clerow and Corabeth, Kool Kat and Chelsea...Robert and Bonita, Livy, Bev and Donnie Ray, Paris and Blake...to name a few...I got you and our baby and temporarily...Josie...This is great...I never liked living alone.."I said..

"Me neither baby." said Sepia...  "Guess who stopped by here earlier, looking for you?" she said.

"Who?" I said.

"Rollie Rollerson." she said.


"What did he want?" I asked..

"He wanted to know if you knew where Jean Stevens was staying....I just sold her a house and I'm pretty sure she doesn't want any bother out of him..So I told him that I didn't know...and that you were with a client."she said.

"Jean is my client." I said. "You were right to tell him that you don't know..Jean has started a new life." I said.

"Just like me." said Josie ,who had just returned..
"Yeah." ,I said..."Just like you."

(TO BE CONTINUED)

Friday, November 21, 2014

A Little Discretion


After Another disastrous set....Nelson took Karen by the arm and took her to a nearby Bar and Bistro called Delights...He marveled at the artwork on the wall..It was of a Black woman in a body of water...Nude! except for Gold jewelry around her neck,  smelling dafodils...

Karen looked at him sarcastically....

"You like that huh?" she said.
Nelson laughed...

"As a matter of fact..I do.." he said.

''Does that make you horny?"she asked...

"Artwork?  Nah." he said.

"Do I make you horny?" she asked...

Nelson looked at her...

"You used to at times.." he said.

"Where is your little lawyer girlfriend tonight?" she asked...

"Probably out with her girlfriends..." he said.

"So what is this about?" she asked...

"You..." he said.

"Me?"

"Yeah you...What are you doing?  You stink as a comedian...I'm just going to be honest with you...Who are you fooling? But I bet you're a great attorney...The girl I knew had a brilliantly analytical mind...What happened to her?" he asked..

"She felt like a fraud..She felt like a sell out...Unlike you....I didn't work in the criminal justice system with the dregs of society...I was a corporate attorney....I was nowhere near making partner...Day after day..I made sleazy deals for even more sleazy people and day after day I sold my soul for coin and day after day...I began to feel like I was somebody I didn't know..." she said.

"So you became a comedian? That make you feel better?" asked Nelson..

"It paid the bills for awhile...When I started out I was actually kind of good...but my material is more and more bitter and less funny huh?" she said.

"Yeah.." said Nelson.

II-
Robert Carver sat in his office sweating...He was looking at a photo taken inside of a hotel room recently...A hotel room I had bugged just days before...

Bev and I had discovered that he and Karen went to the same hotel at least twice a week...I duked a guy some cash and got the room number...He let me in and I bugged the room with a micro listening device and a micro video cam...

We had him and Comedian Karen Whitley...dead to rights....Only I wasn't showing him the photo...Olivia and Beverly were...

"That is you correct?" asked Olivia..

''How did you get this? " he asked..

"I have my ways..." she said.  He smiled...

"I'll bet you do..." he said...

"This is serious Mr. Carver." said Olivia

"I thought you told me that Elizabeth wasn't trying to blackmail me?" he asked...

"She isn't She doesn't even know about this photo...She is being accused of getting inside information from you , which she leveraged into a million dollar payday...If convicted, she'll lose her job..." said Beverly.

"I didn't give her any stock information" he said.

"Oh we know that...but you may have given this young lady some....You know ,Pillow talk..." said Beverly...showing him a photo of Karen.

"She was a struggling comedian...she was horrible...You oughta have caught her act..Anyway..We got to talking and drinkin after one of her sets and I find out she's actually an attorney...So now we got things  to talk about...But she can't make her rent...She's about to lose her job at the comedy club. ..So I uh may have uh ruh given her some inside information for some stocks to invest in...you know..Pillow talk in those uh awkward moments...I was just trying to help her out financially." he said.

"Well she gave that same information to an Attorney at Elizabeth's brokerage firm named  Bonnie Deeds, do you know her?" asked Olivia..

"No..I don't believe I do.." he said.

"She's an Attorney at Elizabeth's brokerage form...She and a mutual friend enlisted her..They probably gave her money too ,to bug your office...Then they just rolled the dice...Knowing you and Elizabeth might just wind up in your office since she too was sharing your bed...When you did..They made that tape and bought stocks...It was a plan to set Elizabeth up..." said Olivia...

''Well I'll be damned...Dirty dogs...and in her own company too..Lawd have mercy..And I thought this place was cut-throat...Sheeeeet. They uh aint tryin to blackmail me are they? I mean my wife won't see this ??" he said.

"No...She won't..."said Beverly in disgust......"This isn't about you..it's about removing Elizabeth...But this could get nasty...Spill over to you..." she warned...

"What do you need me to do?" he asked..

Olivia passed him a piece of paper...While Beverly adjusted her IPhone...

"Just sign this affidavit and give us a statement...You have our word...This will be kept in the strictest of confidence...You're an Attorney like us...You know the drill." said Beverly..

"And Mr. Carver...In the future...A little discretion goes a long way." said my wife...Olivia...

"I thought I was being discreet." he said.

III-



"Lord...These drinks are good Nelson...You bring your girlfriend here?" asked Karen..


"She brought me here.." he said.

"So what is this? You want to get me drunk and hope to get some? This is two nights in arow you've taken me out for drinks after my set..." she asked..

"No...I'm not like that...If I wanted some..I'd just ask you." he said.

"Tonight ...You'd get it too.."she said smiling salaciously...



"Don't you think Mr. Carver would be a little upset if he knew?" said Nelson.

Her eyes got as wide as saucers...

"You know about me and him?" she asked..

"I saw you two together twice...One time leaving here and another time leaving the hotel.." he lied...I had supplied him with that information from my survieliences..

"Yeah...I've been bangin him...But it aint serious....He gave me some stock tips...They panned out too...I made a pile...Soon I'm going to stop this and move away..." she said.

"You then gave some of that information to some folks at a Brokerage firm..." he said.

"Yeah, what is this? You been following me?" she asked..

"Not really...In fact..I don't even care...Some friends of mine are reppin somebody from that firm..." he said cooly..

"Yeah...a guy I used to see...Patrick Gibbons put me on to some white female lawyer...Her name is Bonnie Deeds...I think he was bangin her himself..She paid me for my information...Guess she wanted in on my action too...I don't know how they knew I had it..She was with some  other white guy...I heard her refer to him as Arthur..He aint say much..He just watched."she said.

"People talk..People watch..Especially where money is involved...Just be careful Karen..know who you're getting in bed with...Literally and figurtively.."said Nelson..

She rubbed his crotch...He was erect and hard....

"Ummmmm...you know me...You know who I am...You've been in bed with me.." she cooed...

He removed her hand...

"It's very tempting...but I don't play that...I never cheated on you...Wish you had of not cheated on me...We might still be together..." he said.

"Variety is the spice of life Nelson...We are still young...We aint married...If you want Fidelity ,put a ring on it.." she said...

"See...that's why you should be a lawyer,instead of a comedian..." he said.

He put a few dollars on the table...

"It was nice seeing you again Karen...Take care of Yourself..And remember, next time...employ a little discretion." he said and left...

She smirked....She ordered another drank and preceded to get herself drunk.

IV-




A day or two later, based on my information...FBI agents handcuffed Arthur Connally and Bonnie Deeds and led them out of the office...

"I don't believe this...I'm under arrest..Me...Arthur Connally...This is an outrage!" he grumbled and stomped his foot as they dragged him out..."DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM?" he snarled..

"Yeah We know.." said an FBI Agent.

"This must be a mistake..." said Bonnie Deeds...

"We don't think so mam." said the agents as they dragged her out...

All of the employees clapped and cheered as they were marched out...

Elizabeth Perry walked into Patrick Gibbons office...He had just missed getting arrested..

He looked at her and smirked..

"I guess I'm fired huh?" he said.

"You know it...Pack your stuff....How much did they offer you." she asked..

"Huh? What?" he asked.

"How much they offer you to sell me out?" asked Elizabeth...

"More than you ever offered me.." he snarled..

"GET OUT!" she said and walked away...


He looked at Bev with disgust...

"Damn girl...you played me..." he said.

"Just like you were playin me...It's not like you were in love with me.." said Beverly...

"True...but I sho did want to hit that though.I wasn't lyin about that.If you ever change your mind...." he said smiling...

"Don't worry...I won't." said Beverly...

He laughed...picked up the box with his things in it and walked past us out the door.

I put my arms around Bev...Olivia looked at both of us and smiled...


"Olivia..Beverly, Donnie Ray...I don't know how to thank you...You saved my job ,my freedom and good name and showed me who my friends really are...."said Elizabeth Perry...

Just then she got a text...It was from Robert Carver...

"I need to see you...I'm as horny as a cat!" it read..

She scoffed...

"It's Carver...He's one I won't be seeing anymore.." she said.

Olivia hugged her friend...

"In the future Lizzy...A little discretion goes a long way..." she said.

"Thanks Livy....Next time I'll insist my guy get me a hotel room." she smirked and the two women laughed..

EPILOUGE:

Arthur Connally was sentenced to 10 years in Federal Prison..He was released after eight and moved to California...Where he lives quietly.

Bonnie Deeds was disbarred and sentenced to 8 years in Federal Prison...She was released after four and a half years and also moved to California where she married an 80 year old millionaire who died within a year and left her with a fortune...Unfortunately for her...He owed the IRS a huge amount of money...After she paid the IRS and his creditors, She was left with a little under a million dollars..She is still living in California..

Josies was jumping Friday night...Alcohol was flowing and people were dancing and eating barbecue chicken wings....

And in a seperate booth...a Birthday cake was brought for our office manager...Josie Boyd, who was celebrating her birthday tonight...

Josie's eyes were as huge as saucers as she eyed the strawberry shortcake birthday cake Bev and Olivia had ordered for her...
"OH MY GOD...IT'S BEAUTIFUL...I ALMOST DON'T WANNA EAT IT!" exclaimed Josie...

"You'd better...because I certainly want a piece." said her boyfriend...Paris..Who was there with his buddies..Blake,Cherish, Chance Howard,Anita Jenkins ,Cole and Nicole Butler....and of course Beverly and Nelson...

''Oh Bev..Nelson...Thank you so much..." said Josie...

"Happy Birthday Buddy." said Beverly ,hugging Josie....

"Happy Birthday Josie." said Nelson.

"Okay Josie..Blow out the candles and make a wish" said Olivia as Josie blew out the candles and everybody clapped...

I smiled...Olivia took me by the arm and whispered in my ear....

"I know it's not your birthday yet...but I bought something for you." said Olivia...

"You bought that portrait from the other day...right?" I said...

"No something better...but why don't you let me show you.." she said looking at me in a peculiar way...

"Huh?" I said.

''Come with me.." she said and she walked down the dark hall to the restrooms..."

" Pick one.." she said...

Naturally,I picked the mens room...I looked around...No one was in the men's room and I pulled her in..

She eased her dress up...

''Liv what are you doing? You want to do this here? Now?" I asked..My eyes popping out of my head...

"No silly...I just want to show you something..." she said. Lo and behold , she was wearing aqua colored panties under her dress...
My eyes nearly fell out of my head...

"WOW!" I said..

She giggled... "You are so silly...I wouldn't do this for just anybody...Consider yourself special" she said and eased her dress back down...

"I do.."I said..

I pulled Olivia to me and kissed her...She eased out of my embrace....

"Cool it playboy....I'm not going to do you in the restroom...and especially not in Josies...Anybody could be walking in here at any moment..." she said.

''Damn Livy...You've uh got me kind of aroused right now." I said..

''I know.... Calm down....When we get home...You can ease them off of me...and gawk at them some more..Let's go back out to the party before we are missed."she said

''A Little Discretion goes a long way right?" I said ,repeating her words to Lizzy...

''That's right baby.." she said and kissed me and and softly took my hand and led me back to the dance floor..

We partied with Josie the rest of the night...but all I could think about was getting Olivia home...and looking at my early birthday present...

FOR L.