The following is another excerpt from my work in progress, The Throuple Private Eye—Business is Booming, a Jen McDowell Series. This is the second draft. I’m at 51k words now. If you want to catch up, order the novella The Throuple Private Eye—Hate Crimes, on Amazon ($2.99). The link is https://www.amazon.com/dp/B084LTTHGN. Enjoy.
CHAPTER 14 (Cont.)
Jen thank the woman and went to apartment 14. She planned to use the same strategy as she used with Jimmy’s wife. When the woman answered the door, Jen said, “Hello, my name is Mary Smith and I live in this building. I wonder if you have seen my cat.” Jen held out a flier with the picture of a cat that she had downloaded from the internet. “She ran way and hasn’t come home. I open the door to bring in groceries and she ran out.
The woman took the flier and looked at it. “I’m afraid not. You’re not supposed to have pet in this building.”
“I know, that’s way I’m not posting any signs. I’m hoping someone took her in. I hope no one reports me.”
“Come on in,” the woman said. “My name id Chang Ying. I was about to have some tea. Would you like a cup?”
“Yes, please,” Jen answered as she was ushered into the dining room. The luxury of the interior matched the luxury of the exterior of the apartments. “You have a nice apartment. Have you lived here long?”
“No, only a few weeks,” came the reply from the kitchen. Jen looked around the room, hoping to find a glimpse of Charlize’s laptop but no such luck. Chang Ying returned with a tray with a tea pot, two cups and sugar.
“You speak English so well,” Jen said. “I detect an accent, but I can’t tell from where.”
Chang Ying chuckled. “I’m from Singapore. English is our official language.”
“What brought you to the USA, if you don’t mind my asking.”
Chang Ying grinned and held up her left hand to reveal an expensive ring. “I’m getting married.”
“Congratulations,” Jen said. “How did you two meet?”
Chang Ying chuckled and sat back in her chair. “My fiancé doesn’t like me to tell the story, but we met online. I signed up with an agency that connects women with American men. We started talking, and Jimmy invited me here. After a couple of weeks, he proposed. We’re going to Las Vegas in two weeks to get married.”
“Oh, that’s exciting.” Jen said. “You’ll love that. What is your husband’s name?”
“His name is Jimmy Rich,” Chang Ying replied.
“What does he do for a living?”
“He’s a political consultant. In fact, he’s in Washington consulting a candidate for the Senate. He goes there every Monday and returns on Fridays. After the elections, he’ll move in here with me.”
“Wow,” Jen said. “Who is he consulting?”
“He won’t tell me. He says it’s all about timing. He’ll announce it at the right time.”
Jen and Chang Ying made small talk for a while and then Jen left the same way she came in through the garage.