The Blood-Red Ruby: After the Storm 6
Reassuring the Marquis ...
“Père, we are both well. Do you think someone has just tried to kill me?” Andréa asked the question knowing the obvious answer.
“No doubt about it. I’ve found out through contacts that when the police went to get a statement from the clerk at the rental agency he was found dead, shot in the head. The inspector told me that the clerk was shot at very close range. The bullet entered through the left temple and exited the right temple. It looks like a possible homicide. Dead men tell no tales!” the Marquis said on a serious note.
“The clerk’s records show that the car was rented in the name of Andréa Dupree. Apparently, the clerk never got around to changing the names. The name of the person who placed the order was a Marcus Penn. Do you know such a person?” the Marquis asked.
“No, I’ve never heard of him, and I know practically everyone on the set. The name is not familiar. The studio often hires extras to run errands and do odd jobs.” Andréa stated.
“Do you really think that the studio would leave the acquisition of a rental car for their star performer to just an extra?” the Marquis asked.
“No, I doubt it. Père. However, that only means that the murderer is still loose and its not known whether or not the clerk made him aware of the blunder. What should we do?” Andréa asked.
“Let me speak to your brother.” the Marquis demanded.
Use all Precautions ...
Andréa handed the phone back to Jon-Luc.
“Jon-Luc you must proceed with caution!” the Marquis said.
“Yes, I understand père.” Jon-Luc said.
“You must not let anyone see you on the road, and do not stop to make any more purchases. Is that clear?” the Marquis asked.
“Yes you can count on me, père.” André said.
“We must assume that the killer is still in the vicinity and may know that Andréa still lives, therefore you must take her to the cabin!” the Marquis ordered.
“I will do just that.” André said.
“Oh, Jon-Luc did your sister make the purchases with a charge card?” the Marquis asked.
“No, père she made all purchases with francs.” André replied.
“Smart girl; that way nothing can be traced to Andréa and the time on the receipt will be of no consequence. They will just think that Andréa went shopping just before the fatal crash. Now get on your way, and be careful S'il vous plaît.” The Marquis said.
“Have no fear, I will handle things. Au revoir!” André said.
“Au revoir!” the Marquis said and hung the phone up.
A New Plan of Action ...
Then laying the phone beside him on the seat; Jon-Luc turned the vehicle around and headed in a completely different direction.
“Where are we going?” asked Andréa.
“We are going somewhere where you will be completely safe.” Jon-Luc said with a smile.
As Andréa sat back in the car, she noticed that the country side was steady changing into a heavily wooded area. Further and further they went into the woods. If Andréa had not totally trusted her brother, she would have been frightened, thinking he had lost his mind.
“Do not be alarmed chéri everything will be fine. This is a place known only by père and me. And, then there are the architects who designed the cabin so many years ago. Sometimes, when père and I becomes overwhelmed with the many responsibilities of operating the chateau; we need to find a refuge. I take him here and we hunt, fish and have a great time together!” Jon-Luc said fondly.
“I am glad that you have been taking such good care of our père, little brother. It is wonderful that you are able to take him away from all of the stress of the chateau once in a while.” Andréa replied.
“Père works much too hard. I feel that the chateau is overwhelming him, even with my assistance he wants to do so many things himself.” Jon-Luc said shaking his head.
“Yes, it seems that he has thrown himself into the chateau ever since our mère died.” Andréa said sadly.
“Yes, you are right. I believe this is why he became so ill. Part of him wanted to be with our mère and part of him knew that he was desperately needed at the chateau. Not as a worker, but as a father and a trusted friend.” Jon-Luc finished.
To Be Continued ...
The Blood-Red Ruby: After the Storm 7
- The Blood-Red Ruby: After the Storm 7
There is no where in urban France where Andrea can be safe. Other plans will have to be made.
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