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Aug-25-2004 12:46

Elsey walks into the local bar, The Tricky Mister, and asks her old buddy Cyrus to pour her a drink.
"Something girly," she asks him. "Something the boys will laugh at."
She smiles and looks around the room. She thinks about who else might walk into the room tonight. She turns back to her girly drink and waits for Sir James to arrive, as he undoubtedly will at some point.
Just then, the front door opens and in walks....



Aug-26-2004 10:48

"D.L. Williams, huh? That name sounds familiar, but I can't quite put a face to that name," I mumbled, stroking my beard. "I'd be glad to help you find her, though!"


Aug-26-2004 15:04

Elsey laughs at Orbitrux stroking his non-existent beard.
"Di is missing, and I HAVE to find her. She was a Great member of Chicago. Where could she have gone? School? Work? Family problems?" Elsey sighed and looked around the room again. "It could be ANYONE in here!"


Aug-26-2004 18:49

Huffy at the fact that Elsey has not yet merited my scruff to be a full-fledged beard, I stand up before the crowd. "Has anyone heard or seen anything about the disappearance of D.L. Williams?"


Aug-26-2004 23:46

Marni had been listening as usual, slightly curious to not have seen jojo at the bar yet.
"Yeah" says Marni "I do know something about that..."

"I know that Sir James hasn't seen or heard anything."

Marni finishes her whisky, and gets up from the bar. "You pave paradise.." she adds and then leaves.


Aug-26-2004 23:51

Moonshh, who had been observing the scene quietly, stands up and yells, "Guys!" All heads turn to her in shock. "I hate to interrupt the no doubt serious matter of D.L. William's disappearance, but have we sleuths grown so inured to blood and tragedy that we just ignore poor Adelphe's body over there?"

Everyone stares blankly. Moonshh gives a little shake, then says, "Oh, yeah, right; we have. And I'm off duty. What was I thinking? Cyrus, send another of my usual back to the corner table," and the conversation picks up where it left off...


Aug-27-2004 00:12

Elsey looks first at Marni and then at Sir James.

"I'm so glad to hear that you don't know anything about this, Sir James. If you HAD known something about it, I would have thought that you were sending us on a wild goose chase!"

Elsey then looked at Moonshh, drinking her 'usual' at the back corner table, her chair blocking a good view of the murdered Adelphe. Elsey just shook her head, opened her notebook, and wrote down what little she had been able to garner about the disappearance of D.L. Williams.

*I sure hope that we are able to find Di soon. I miss her a WHOLE LOT,* Elsey thinks as she writes in her notebook. *She had become almost like a new best friend, even though she was on the other side of the world!*

D.L. Williams
D.L. Williams

Aug-28-2004 01:24

As the bar pianist continues to caress his piano with his soft touch, the detectives lean back against the lounge sofas and ponder over D.L's disappearance. Indeed, it was unlike her to just waltz out of City Hall and Sleuth Town, without so much as a word of farewell to her fellow colleagues.

"Perhaps she was kidnapped...murdered even!" Elsey speculates under her breath, too afraid to voice out her own fears even to Sir James, as he sips on his champagne.

Lost in thought and hunched over the bar, still writing notes, Elsey became aware that the bar had quietened down substantially, and her keen senses suddenly filtered out soft footsteps approaching her from behind. "I know those footsteps...."

She tries to spin around in her bar stool but is too late. Gloved hands press against her eyes from behind and a low, soft voice whispers in her ear.

"Hello my dear lady...It's been awhile..."

The voice sent chills up Elsey's spine. In one swift motion, she fights back her tears of joy, leaps up from her bar stool, almost knocking Sir James's champagne bottle over and finds herself in the arms of D.L. Williams.

D.L. eyes glisten with happy tears.

"I have missed you so much. I know I've been gone yet I really can't stay very much longer either. My new state of affairs..." Her voice trails off in anguish then she resumes her cheery tone.

"Let's take this opportunity to celebrate and reminiscense of better days gone by! Where are the rest? Where's Vin, Timmy and DaRu?"


Aug-29-2004 13:21

Elsey shakes her head and sighs. Di has been away for so long, she can't even begin to understand all that has transpired.

"Well, Chicago has been changing, sweetie," Elsey started to explain, "but..."

Elsey trailed off as Di looked at her watch and gave a startled expression. She gave Elsey and Sir James each a quick hug and ran for the door.

At the door she turned around and shouted, "I _will_ be back! (Someday...)"

And with that she was gone.

Elsey turned to look at all the others in the bar. No one seemed to have even noticed Di had come and gone. Had it been a dream? Elsey just put her head down on the bar and had herself a little cry before pulling back together and placing a look of calm on her face.

"Another drink please, Cyrus? And another bottle for my friend Sir James here, since a spilled a lot of his bottle just now."

Sir James
Sir James

Aug-30-2004 06:27

As Cyrus brings the drinks, Elsey feels a hand placed tenderly on her shoulder. Still sniffling a bit she looks up.
To her astonishment it's not the hand on Sir James she feels, but, uncharacteristically, the hand of Fonzie. Touched by this tender display of charms, she falls into his arms and starts crying.
"She *sniff*, she was here! I saw her *sniff*, and I don't *sniff*, don't even know *sniff*, *sniff* I don't even know if she was reheheheheal"
Fonzie, strokes Elseys hair. "There, there, if it's any consolation, I saw her too"
"You did?!? Why didn't you say so immediately?"
All business again, she wipes her tears and invites Fonzie at the table with Sir James and herself.
"Okay, now we know she is still in town, but where is she? What did she mean by 'new state of affairs'? And why did she leave all of a sudden?"
"There must be someone or something keeping her from appearing in the usual places. We should look into this."
"Operation What's up with Di!"
"What we need is a plan."


Aug-30-2004 19:15

Elsey rolls out a table sized map of Sleuthville. Sir James looks at her, the look on his face saying, "who is this girl, Mary Poppins? Pulling giant maps out of that tiny purse?"

Elsey sees the look and replies simply, "Cyrus keeps it behind the bar for me for just such times as this. It comes in handy when looking for the houses of all those suspects!"

Sir James nods wisely. "That would make sense," he replies. "Now what was your _idea_ with this map, Elsey?"

Elsey stares at Sir James incredulously. "You're the smart one," she says. "Don't you already have a plan all worked out in that pretty lil hea dof yours?!"

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