A Secret Grave 2: Ramona

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I’ve decided to take the warning that a body may be buried under my studio seriously and here are three reasons why:

1) my studio has always felt a little creepy

2) I’ve visited the psychic in question and he’s always been right

3) Victor Goodlove, who disappeared suddenly and mysteriously, was trouble to a lot of people; I’m sure he had enemies

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Hand holding gun

The Robbery, Geoffrey Fairchild, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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My studio, built the summer of 2006, was a thrown-together affair, no permits, no architects, no nothin. I interviewed three contractors, hired the one who seemed best suited for the job, and that was it. I don’t even remember the guy’s name — Charlie, Mike, Jerry, could have been any of those. He was tall and rugged, missing a few fingers, and from the way he moved around, squinting at my rocky backyard and unfurling his measuring tape, I knew he could do the job in his sleep. It was to be a simple structure, 12 X 8, windows facing north, utility sink, lots of shelves. I was out of town when it was built.

You’d think I would’ve stuck around for such an important event, especially since we had to run lines for water and electricity, and you never know when neighbors are going to rat, or city inspectors are going to drive by on the prowl, but our property, on a hidden cul-de-sac, is pretty private, so I took my chances. Besides, my housekeeper of many years, Ramona, would be staying at the house overseeing everything while I was gone. She was — and is — shrewd, nosy, and highly particular. If Mike or Jerry seemed to be screwing off or making sloppy mistakes she’d notice far quicker than I would.

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Ramona

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But I was wrong. One night there was trouble (looking back on it now, ten years later, possibly big trouble) and Ramona, who is as jealous as she is particular, wasn’t there to handle it because she’d driven off to Creedmoor in far south Austin to spy on her husband, whom she suspected of having an affair.

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Man Kissing Woman

Romance, Luigi Morante, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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To be continued…

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