Saturday morning Brighton woke up feeling the effects of alcohol and a night of passion. After a long hot shower to ease his aching muscles, he headed to the kitchen. He whipped up a protein shake and made some multi-grain toast. He sat at the dining table and turned on the morning news. Brighton opened his crossword book and was thinking of eight letter word for unhinged. With his ballpoint he wrote, d-e-r-a-n-g-e-d.
“Meat handler,” he said aloud knowing no one was there to hear. “Ah, butcher.”
A story came on the television that made his ears perk up. As he took a sip of his drink, he looked at the screen. He spewed protein shake all over the puzzle.
Several minutes later, Brighton composed himself enough to find his cell and dial.
“Jason, I need a lawyer.”
Jason got out of bed and walked to the window. “Clay, you are a lawyer.”
“No, I mean, I think I may be a suspect.”
“OK, it is seven o’clock on a Saturday morning. This had better not be one of your twisted jokes my friend or I'll come over there and beat your ass until you can’t sit for a damn week.”
“Turn on the channel seven news.”
Jason found his remote and turned on the news.
Harmony Blake was one of the stars of Sands of Time. She had been on the show for three years and sources say she was up for a leading role in the next action flick. She left behind a seven year old son.
“What does Harmony Blake have to do with you, Brighton?”
“We spent last night together. I left her in a hotel room around eleven pm.”
Ms. Blake was found three miles outside the city on the side of the road by a passerby. There are currently no suspects in the case and police are baffled.
“Jesus, Brighton. Please tell me she was alive and well when you left.”
“She was Jason, I swear. She may have been a bit sore but she was definitely alive.”
Ms. Blake was so badly beaten that identification was difficult. She was last seen leaving the studio after shooting an episode of her current daytime drama.
“Do not talk to anyone without me there. Do you hear me?”
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