Episode 4 of my serial novel – ‘Murder in Humboldt’
Nickie was working the counter when I wandered in the restaurant sometime after eleven o’clock.
“Rough night?” she asked when I sat down at the counter.
“No, great night but a very difficult day, and I guess breakfast time is over. Can I just have a burger patty, toast and large milk?” I asked, rubbing sleep out of my eyes.
“Whatever,” Nickie said, shrugging her shoulders. “Are you sure you don’t need a Jack and Coke?”
“I probably do, but I’ve got to get back to Memphis, and I don’t need any distractions. However, you can add a fresh bottle of Jack Daniel’s to my bill. The one I have seems to have sprung a leak!” Wonder why?
“Then you’re checking out?” Nickie asked. “I need to know because we’ve got a waiting list. This town is full of strangers, mostly union people I guess…
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