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Stormy Tears

Events in our lives cause tears to flow from male and female, the unexplained that will never be answered…  Sadly we all know only to well, just think about all that has happened in our country in the past couple months, personal loss that tugs at the hearts of all even though we don’t know everyone involved. Yet we still feel heartache, grabbing tissues to wipe our eyes even though we’re miles away it touches all of us.

Saturday morning the thunderstorm woke them. The rain pounded the earth, and the lightning was relentless. Craig took the Hummer to get the paper. “Carla we have to go out in this to take the Hummer back to Howard and you’ll have to follow me in the BMW, are you hungry or should we just go now?”

“Just give me a few minutes to dress.”

“Morning Howard, Hummer drives really nice,” Craig said, placing the keys on the counter.

“Thanks Craig, want to come in for breakfast, just fixing up some for Tommy?” Howard asked as he saw Craig shake his head, “Not today, we don’t really have an appetite today, see you later.”

“I understand.”

Craig ran to the car. “Craig, I just want to drive,” Carla stated as he closed the door.

“You’re at the wheel, wherever you want to go. Need to talk I’m here.” Craig placed his arm on her shoulder and gave her a slight squeeze.

“Is Tommy ok?” Carla probed.

“Howard was fixing him breakfast so I’m assuming he’s ok. The connection for him was not like ours. You like Tommy Carla?” Craig asked touching her arm as he thought about his own nightmare and the friend he loss yesterday, fighting back the tears that were in his eyes.

Carla pointed to the tissue box as she said, “Yes Craig, he reminds me of Charlie.” She too was fighting back the tears as she drove trying to escape yesterday.

“This incident, brought you a night mare last night, you tossed a little.” Craig said handing her a tissue.

“Craig I’m not surprised, you did too. Monday I’ll call Vanessa and make an appointment, think that will help.” Carla made herself a mental note, focused on the road to get her mind off the sorrow she felt, glancing over to see Craig dab the tears in his eyes with a tissue.

Jake called

“Oh” Carla sniffled and wiped a tear away.

“Yes Craig we’re ok. With everything that’s been going on I forgot to tell you something Craig. I need a hug please.” Craig squeezed her tight and wouldn’t let go.

Carla continued, “The other day I had a phone call from Jake Covertry. He wanted to make sure I was happy and to tell me that he would be there as well as AC to testify.”

Craig lessened his hold and put his arm around her. “Was the call good for you to finalize things with him?”

“Yes we parted as friends the first time and I usually hear from him at least once a year. In fact, Howard’s towing away the Chevy finalized everything. He gave me that car to start my first job. It was used. So you don’t have to worry about Jake or any feelings I still have for him. I’m yours and only yours.”

Craig kissed her cheek and pulled her close. “Let’s hit the sack. I’m wasted.” Craig explained.

Carla said, “Mr. Jones, I didn’t take the red sheets off.”

“That’s ok I just want to hold you all night anyway, we can use them again. Actually I miss those black ones, they were comfy.”


“Carla, you ok look a little pale?” Craig commented as they drove home.

“Yes, and I want a long hot shower. This feeling is worse than the cooties.” Carla said as she held onto Craig’s hand.

“I’m in total agreement with you there, right behind you.” He locked the door and
headed up the stairs holding her hand.

They stood in the shower for a long time. Holding each other tight, he heard her sobbing. Both sat quietly looking out at the lake through the big window upstairs, Carla still holding his hand said, “We should eat.”

Carla nodded her head “I know, ok one of your sweet tooth specials.”

“Come with me, Carly” Craig took her hand walking down the stairs
to the kitchen. Craig fixed them his special sandwich “Here you go one
chunky sandwich and glass of milk special just for Carly. Want to talk?”

He asked as Carla shrugged her shoulders. “Just thinking how beautiful this lake is, and how our life together, seems so wonderful and perfect. Then something like today  happens to bring us back into reality.” Craig said putting his arm around Carla’s shoulder.

She turned and looked in his eyes asking. “What happened to the couple we knew Craig?”

“That is a question neither of us can answer Carla. I’m not even sure Blackie can answer that, only God knows the truth. I’m just glad we’re Wok.”

Body Found

“Howard just you and me please” Craig asked, “Ok Craig.”

“It is the Smith’s.” Howard had switched the dial to include for Craig and Carla
“Carla, it’s the Smith’s. I need you to stay in here with Tommy, please. Are you ok Carla?”

“Roger, yes I’m ok Howard.” Once on the ground Carla and Tommy stayed in the chopper and held hands. They took off their helmets as Howard walked over to Craig and the police.

“Their dead aren’t they Mrs. Jones?”

“Yes Tommy it’s bad. Your Dad wants us to stay right here. Do you want to talk.”

“No I’m ok just don’t like being the one to find it,” Tommy said holding his head down, Carla squeezed his hand and said.

“We both did, but truthfully, the camera’s lens found them, we just kept hitting the button as we were told to do Tommy.”

“Mrs. Jones, that’s Mr. Riddle’s coming this way.” Tommy announced
pointing to Blackie approaching them.

“Mrs. Jones, Tommy, we need your Memory cards please.”

“Of course Detective,” they handed the memory cards to Detective Black.

“Mrs. Jones I’ll be in touch.”

“Thank you Detective Black.”

After a few minutes, Craig and Howard were back in the chopper. “Buckle up helmet and headset on. We’re out of here everyone.”

It was a silent trip back, until Tommy spoke. “I need to eat something Dad, my
stomach is upset.”

“Roger, we’re home.” Carla finally let go of Tommy’s hand.

Craig helped Carla out of the chopper “Ok Honey?”

She nodded her head and mumbled, “Yes, a little sad, upset but I’m ok.”

“See you guys tomorrow, go home and continue what I interrupted. Craig, take the
Hummer home.”

Howard threw the keys to Craig. “Later.”

Bad Feeling

“Can I go? Need a camera man?” Carla asked.

Howard immediately answered “Sure, it’s cool out so grab a jacket and let’s roll!
We’re flying guys. That’s going to be much easier to see by air.”

Howard dialed home. “Tommy warm up the chopper and grab your camera. We
found something I need you with a clean disk and grab one for Craig as well ETA 10 minutes.”

“Yes sir.”

“Everyone ready, buckled in, headset on?” Howard quizzed, getting three
replies of “Roger,” he said “Here we go.”

Howard made some changes to the dial and said, “Tommy, Carla” no response, “Craig.”

“Good it’s only you and me, Craig, listen I have a bad feeling.”

“Me too I recognize that car Howard.”

“Do you have Betsy?”

“Yes I’m putting you on the ground, get close enough to call in that plate to Blackie. I’m lifting back up for pictures to keep Carla and Tommy away from the car till we know.”

“Understood, I’m ready.” Craig confirmed instructions.

“Head down Craig, till you’re clear of the blades, go.” Craig jumped out and started to
run over to the car, opening his phone and calling Blackie.

“You two start taking photos, wide angle and zoom of the tire tracks, car, everything around the area here.” Howard took the chopper back up.

“Dad there’s a body lying just inside the woods due east, at 3 o’clock from Mr. Jones.”

“Craig, 3 o’clock east straight ahead, body.”


“Yes Craig”

“Plate is verified, never showed up for court, forensics, and police en-route.”

“Is the body Mrs.?”

“Yes, Howard, I can’t look any more.”

“Flag us down out in the field away from the evidence Craig, I see the police coming up to 500 S headed to the entrance road.”


“Craig, that’s some smile am I intruding again?” Howard asked. “Sorry, no insider joke, come in the library, see what I’ve found.”

“Here’s an interesting one, heavily traveled trail right to the brook alongside the

“This is interesting to, looks like a cabin!”

“What’s this” Craig turned red. “Oh you devil!”

Howard cleared his throat, “Better delete that fast before someone realizes it’s on there?”

Craig blushed, “Oops sorry partner.”

“It’s ok.”

“This is on H&A right?”

“Yes Howard,” Craig said. “Double click so it’s big and arrow slowly through these let’s see each one.”

“Here’s some fresh coffee you two, Hi Howard.”

“Thanks. Oh Carla,” Howard acknowledged noticing her blushing.

“Yes Howard”

“How do you like the car?”

“Fine, just fine Howard thanks,” Carla felt the heat of her blush she suddenly remembered she took that photo this morning, and left the library. Ooh, that was stupid Carla Marie—hope Craig deleted it before Howard saw it.

The two sat there going back and forth through the photos. Howard said, “Stop Craig go back, there, zoom in on this area, there’s someone in that car.”

“I see it, want a print?”

“Yes full size. Go back a few frames, now forward good—stop.”

“Howard that looks like the south side of the lake we talked about for the resort the other day.”

“Ride time partner.”

“Carla we’re making a run.” Craig yelled.

Playtime Over

They woke from the nap about 3 hours later when Craig’s new pager went off. He called Howard. “Hope I’m not intruding Craig?”

“Not at this moment.”

“Oops,” Howard said clearing his throat.

“No you’re ok Howard.”

“Have some very interesting pictures from Tommy’s camera have you checked yours out yet?”

“Not had a chance,” Craig said.

“From the tone of your voice, I will talk to you later, call me when you see the pictures ok? Sorry for the intrusion.”

“Craig was that the boss?” Carla asked.

“Yes, need to check the photos on the camera from the flying trip. He found some real interesting stuff on Tommy’s camera. Sorry Carlina I have to go home.”

Craig rolled over to her and pulled her into his arms. “Don’t know who I like more, Carly, Carlina or what’s her name, oh Carmen. If you find my wife, tell her the brownies are all gone and I need more! God I love you Carla!”

Craig went into the library and fired up the laptop then added the memory disk from the camera.

Carla walked in with coffee for him, “So what have you found.”

“Well there’s some big fish in this very clear lake for one. And buildings on my land, just like Tommy got on the other side.”

The intercom buzzed as Carla answered it, “Yes?”

“Hi it’s Howard.”

“Come on in.” Craig looked up at Carla with a sneer and licked his lips tilting his head, getting one last look at the French Maid standing in front of him.

Carla shouted looking down at her attire “Oh shit,” she ran up the stairs and came back in jeans and sweater a little later.