The Stacked Deck – Part 4

Jack shrugged off Victor’s hand on his shoulder and turned back to Ella.

“Don’t mind Victor. We’ve got a long history. Not all of it pleasant.”

Ella laughed, but kept her eyes on Victor this time. Jack lit her cigarette and leaned back in his seat. He was determined not to get into a scuttlebutt with Victor.

“True, Jack. Long history. Unpleasant, all of it,” Victor said as he went to stand behind Ella and placed his hands on her shoulders. “What brings you to my humble club tonight? Surely it isn’t the bourbon or my new act here.” Victor looked down at Ella and then back up at Jack.

Jack played it cool. He puffed on his cigarette for a moment before responding. “Curiosity, mostly.”

Victor raised a brow. “Of what?”

Jack finished his cigarette, stumped it out and took a swig of his bourbon. “Well, I have this widow who claims her husband was decent chap. You know, home every night, good provider, loyal. Funny thing though,” he hesitated as he pulled the matchbook out of his jacket pocket, “this was found on him when he died.” Jack turned the matchbook over, revealing the club’s logo and handed it to Victor.

Victor turned the matchbook over and over again with his fingers, staring at it. Finally, he looked up at Jack. “A lot of people come to my club, you know that, Jack. Matchbooks get passed out a lot as well. What’s your point?” Victor handed the matchbook back to Jack, who took it and put it back in his pocket.

“I don’t really have one, Victor. Just, you know, my curiosity. A guy named Charlie White ever frequent your joint?”

Victor gazed up in the air. Was silent for a moment. Then shook his head. “Name doesn’t sound familiar, but this is a busy place.”

“Sure, Victor. I know. Say, what about that dame that worked for you. Jessica… Jessica…” Jack pretended not to remember her name.

“Daley,” Victor interjected.

“Yes, yes. That’s the one.”

“Dead, I’m afraid,” Victor replied without so much as blinking.

Jack chuckled. “I know that, Victor. Do you know what happened?”

Victor loosened his hold on Ella’s shoulders and sighed. “Why all the questions, Jack? If you want to know something, just spill it.”

Jack gave Victor a sly grin. It was true. Victor was far too clever to beat around with. The man preferred bluntness. “Fine. Did you kill her, Victor?”

It was Victor’s turn to laugh. “I’ve never killed anyone, Jack.”

Ella stood up. “Excuse me, boys. This is all lovely, but I must go powder my nose. I have another set in a few moments.”

Jack and Victor both watched Ella walk away, each eyeing her up and down as she did so. Slowly they turned and looked at one another. Jack coughed and and gave a sideways grin to Victor.

“Now, about Jessica Daley, Victor.” Jack continued his line of questions.

Victor’s face grew grim. He glared at Jack. “I already told you. I didn’t kill anyone!”

“Temper, temper, Victor old boy. I know you don’t actually do the killing. You usually get Tito to do that for you, right?”

Victor grabbed Jack by the shirt collar and pulled him in close. “Listen here, Jack, I’ve about had it with your questions. Finish your drink and get the hell out of my club!” He released Jack with a shove and another angered glare.

Jack staggered back into his seat, laughing. He picked up his drink and downed it. Stood up and put his coat on. “You’ll never change, Victor.”

“If you know what’s good for you, Jack, you’ll leave the detecting up to your cop buddies!” Victor replied. His face was flushed and his nostrils flared.

Ella breezed back into the room and stood between the two men. “Oh come on, boys. Don’t ruin my show with all of this bickering. Mr. Diamond,” she said as she placed a hand on his arm, “do stay for the final act.” She slid her hand down his arm and cupped his hand with hers. Her hand lingered there a moment and then she removed it.

Jack felt the piece of paper being placed into his hand and as soon as Ella released it, he closed his hand quickly and placed it into his pocket. “Sorry Miss D’Amore, Victor has thrown me out for the night. Another time, I promise,” he said to her with a wink and a smile.

Victor let out a slight grumble of disgust. Jack looked up at him. “You’d better hang on tight to this one, Victor. She is quite a dame!” Jack nodded his head at Ella and left the club.

By the time Jack made it outside, the rain had stopped. He walked down the street and stood under a street light. He removed the piece of paper from his pocket and unfolded it.

It read: “I know who killed Jessica and why. Meet me tomorrow morning at 10:00 am on Baker Street at the tea house.”

Jack smiled. Yes, indeed, that Miss D’Amore was some dame.


 

The Stacked Deck is a noir-style WhoDunIt serial which will appear as 31 parts, told every day in March. I hope you will join me again tomorrow for another exciting part of this story!

This serial is copyrighted ยฉ2016 Lori Carlson. All rights reserved. Permission must be granted to distribute or copy this serial (unless reblogging). Thank you.

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43 thoughts on “The Stacked Deck – Part 4

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  21. Annette says:

    Stepped in to read some more of this series that I normally do not read this type of thing. I wanted to come back and read more. And I am not just saying that because you are my friend. You are extremely talanted! I want you to be published!! Again, this inspired me to start a series. I got an idea from Ronovanwrites Friday fiction prompt. It’s in my drafts now if you want to read it. I have to start cutting it. GRRRR I am afraid of this part. Has to be 700 words. I have not done his challenge with all my emotional stuff that had went on last few weeks so I hope he agrees to letting me start this as a series. Your A to Z last year gave me the idea when I was writing. Well, I hope you are well. Give me a holler even if it is a like so I know you are ok…..sis has phone and had it all day or I would have called….Love and hugs, Annette

    • Lori Carlson says:

      Thanks for coming back and reading, Annette, even though it isn’t something you’d normally read. I do appreciate it. I used to care about publishing, but it is too much of a hassle to keep sending things out and getting all of those rejections slips. I’d much rather be writing. Even if my work is crappy sometimes, there are a few people who continually read me and I am grateful for that. That is all the recognition I need ๐Ÿ™‚
      Oh! Good luck with the series you are thinking about and I am glad Ronovan’s prompt and my A2Z story stirred something up. You may want to check the wording on Ronovan’s prompt because when I looked at the last one you did, it said to “write MORE than 600 words” and you scaled yours down to UNDER 600. So check that again. I haven’t looked, so I don’t know for sure. I am here if you get a chance to call. I doubt I will be on FB as I get bombarded by a couple of people that I just don’t have time to deal with their drama today. If you can’t call, email me later. Love ya! *hugs*

      • Annette says:

        Lmaooooo I just msg you about I hardly get on fb to much drama…hahahaha

        We know how to reach eachother. I was going to call and check on you today if I did not see word you were ok. Take care of yourself friend I just got you and we have this long beautiful journey ahead of us…..xoxo

        I am just a fan of your writing which is rare for me. I connected with your writing way before we started talking as I told you. It spoke to me….wierd but true. I never even read poetry cause I do not get it…lol….now I read your poetry and I may even venture to blogs that strictly do poetry. I realized it is a better and deeper insight to the poets true self. So, you have broadened my horizon’s my friend….thank you for that too!

      • Lori Carlson says:

        Thanks, Annette. I am glad you connect with my work and that it has opened you up to read other’s work. If you want a list of some of my fave poets here on WP, let me know and I will email you some of them ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Annette says:

        OH My that would be devine!!! If you have the time that would be great…I am trying to read as much as I can but I really am so busy I don’t get to much time to read. I was searching for stuff that you liked the most (if i could tell) or had a lot of likes or comments…I just was bouncing around your blogs. I want to be informed about you as much as possible. because you are my friend and I asked you to be an author on my blog. I want to know my product…lol…you know what I mean? So yes email me a list…wonderful!! Let me know here when you send it. That way I can file the email correctly and do not loose it….xooxox

      • Lori Carlson says:

        Hey hun… I sent you a list of a few poets you might enjoy.. the email is called Poetry Blogs. Love ya!

      • Annette says:

        Yahoo! Grabbing more joe then off to check some out! Hey I got theme reveal done and A and B done too! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Lori Carlson says:

        Awesome hun ๐Ÿ™‚ I need to finish scheduling mine for As the Fates Would Have It.. I am 4 days behind in scheduling ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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  29. Oh… not again, I have to wait till tomorrow !!
    I’ll be here

  30. Soul Gifts says:

    Sooo, the plot begins to thicken ๐Ÿ™‚ That Ella dame is gonna be trouble for him!

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