I never expected the experience to be so good and I never, never thought I'd be catching feelings for her as fast I undeniably have...but try as I may..that's exactly what was happening..I had never felt that way about any girl I'd met this soon...
It's kind of cute that she can do that, I thought.
She looked at me and smiled the sweetest smile...
"It's okay...you rocked mine too...and I don't regret a minute of what we did..." she said, blushing...I knew she could hear my thoughts...Surprisingly I wasn't thinking about asking her to get out of my head..
''So uh, what are we going to do about this?" I asked.
''Not if we don't tell them..My daddy always said that three men can keep a secret if two of them are dead." she said.
"He was actually a cop..." she said and we both laughed...
We both were filled with so much shame at that point...
"Me neither.."I said..Itv was the truth..Our little secret made me feel alive, daring..It gave me a reason to wake up in the morning!
The idea of a clandestine love or sex affair, whatever it was we were doing, appealed to me...but I knew that somewhere down the line it was going to come to it's inevitable conclusion...I was just going to enjoy the ride, while we could.
We headed to the home of Kora's Husband... Jim "Big Marny"Shelton.....He was not in a mood to talk to us...
A Big Hulk of a man,...with reddish brown hair and freckles ..He sat in his apartment, drinking a scotch....
He didn't bat an eye, he took another swig of his drink and looked at us like we were crazy...
"I didn't do it...What'cha come here for?" he asked..
"You know she was a whore? , bangin two guys..the two guys that own that place." he asked..
"Yes sir, we know about that...But what we don't know is where you were around midnight...Two nights ago.." asked Monica.
"I was at Kelsey's Bar in Port Richmond....Until 2:00 am..Twenty five people will vouch for that." he said.
''You willing to leave your fingerprints and a DNA sample with us?" I asked..
"Yeah sure." he said..
I pulled out a tablet that took his fingerprints and Monica swabbed his mouth and put the results in a plastic bag.
"Yeah, I knew what she was doing...but I didn't kill her...I would have gotten around to it...but somebody beat me to it" he said...not trying to hide his rancor in the least bit...Unless he was the world's greatest actor...He was not our guy I reasoned.
We both left his apartment..
As we headed back across town I talked to Monica...
"He's not our guy..I don't like him for this." I said.
"Good Observation...I noticed that immediately..."she said.
We went to the bar he said he'd been at and sure enough...We found close to 15 people,including the bartender that vouched for him....
His Fingerprints and DNA was not a match for what we found in the apartment...That cleared him.
I ignored her...
''We know that neither Jaybird killed her or his partner Rod right? They liked her....Although her husband, "Big Marnie"had knowledge of her infidelity , thus a great motive..It wasn't him.....Only one other person we haven't cleared...The one person who we never even asked for an alibi.." I said.
"Well I'll be damned...We could've closed this thing a few nights ago and saved us a trip to the moon. Helloooo killer!" she said.
We looked at each other and smiled.
"Hey you two...Detectives...You guys get a break in Kora's murder ?" he asked .
"Can I offer you a drink?" he asked..
"I'm on duty...so is my partner.." I said.
"Oh ,uh yeah,right." he said...I could see that he was beginning to sweat profusely..."So uh,er ,ahh,what brings you here?" he asked.
"Larry, why didn't you tell us that you went to the loft the other night?" asked Monica.
"Me? I didn't go to the loft??" he said.
"That's a lie...You know it and we know it..." she said.
He was astounded...
"It's like...It's like you're in my head.."he said.
''What Happened Larry?" she asked...''We know it was you...I'm bettin if we get your fingerprints and DNA they will match the only prints and DNA in the apartment we can't match..." she said.
He hung his head...
"For years...We was all friends...Those guys bought that loft, they always had swingin chicks up there...THEY NEVER INVITED ME, THEY NEVER CUT ME IN ON THEIR ACTION...THEY NEVER INVITED ME UP...YOU DON'T DO THAT TO YOUR FRIENDS." he yelled.
Monica talked to him soothingly,quietly...
"I LOVED HER!!!....I'D BRING HER FLOWERS, COFFEE...GO RUN ERRANDS FOR HER just HOPING SHE'D NOTICE ME...BUT SHE NEVER DID." he screamed..
"She was married man." I said.
"She didn't care about him....Plus she was sleeping with both of them....I went there to tell her how I felt...That she could do better than all three of those guys....She blew me off...Like I didn't matter...and I just snapped...I just snapped and I strangled her..I didn't mean to do it...I just snapped.." he said ,sweating profusely and shaking...
I handcuffed him...
"Larry Latimer...You are under arrest for the murder of Kora Shelton....You have the right to remain silent..Anything you say can and will be used against you...You have a right to an attorney ,if you do not have an attorney,one will be provided for you...Do you understand these rights?" I asked..
"Yeah man..Yeah! .YOU DON'T DO THAT TO YOUR FRIENDS." he said again..."YOU CUT EM IN ON THE ACTION...YOU CUT EM IN!"he yelled and stomped his foot!
"Well Partner...We cracked our first case.." she said.
"Indeed" she said and winked..
I pulled her to me to kiss her...
"Uh Uh...Too many cops around...Not here..." she said and looked around...She eased me back inside Larry's apartment...Then she took her foot and kicked the door to his apartment shut...
"In here is a different story." she said, smiling slyly and putting her arms around me and kissing me passionately.
Jaybird and Rodman sold their love nest...But I'm pretty sure they have another one someplace else.
At first we looked guilty....Did he Know about us? was our mutual thought ..Then we realized he was just asking a general question.
"No date?" he asked.
"I just got divorced Lieutenant..."I said.
"All the more reason you should be out there testing the waters...young man...But hey, you'll find your way soon..." he said.
I tossed down a few dollars to pay our tab.. I stood up and shook my new partner's hand..
"Woww...So you're coming home with me? To bring in the New Year? Future Mrs. Nellis?" I asked.
" Yes..unless you have other plans. " she said laughing and totally ignoring my Future Mrs. Nellis remark.
''I don't....but you already know that." I said.
"Yes...I already knew...Almost Mr. Talbert"she said..and laughed.
I pulled her to me and we kissed each other passionately for awhile.....She finally eased out of the embrace..
"You don't want to be too tired for tonight do you?" she asked...
''I don't think that's possible." I said.
"Oh hush up freshie and come on.." she said..
The New Year looked promising..