The Missing…A Thermopolis Konan mystery…unedited/incomplete…

Paddy O’Shea smiled when Konan and Lilly walked in. He hugged Lilly and shook Konan’s hand.

“Long time, no see. Where’ve you guys been?”

Lilly jerked her thumb toward Konan. Paddy nodded knowingly.

“This one got fired. I’ve been busy. Sorry it’s been so long, Paddy. It’s good to see you.”

Paddy led them into the back of the restaurant to their table. Lilly and Konan slid in.

“It’s great to see you to. Darling.” Paddy pointed at Konan. “He’s incomplete without you.”

Lilly blushed and smiled shyly. Konan rolled his eyes.

“What’s today’s special,” Konan asked trying to change the subject.

“It’s liver, onions, and gravy on a plate of mashed taters. You want it?”

“Sounds good.”

Lilly shook her head in disgust. “None for me. I’ll have steak and taters.”

“Alright, I’ll get it to you. See you in a bit.” Paddy walked into the back. Seconds later, a waitress brought two glasses of sweet tea to the table. She disappeared as quickly as he appeared.

“So, what did you want to talk about, Lilly?”

Lilly blushed and looked at the table. She sipped her tea and smiled a sad smile at Konan.

“I’m pregnant, Konan.” Lilly took a sip of her tea.

“Um….it’s not mine.”

Lilly coughed and covered her mouth. She stared at him. Konan waited. “All this time we have been together, and now, we can’t even…”

“When you got fired, I was so angry at you. I went to a pub and had way too much to drink. One bad decision led to another.”


“The father wants me to get an abortion. He said, and I quote, “I ain’t the settling down kind of man.”

“Wow. You got you an English Major, huh?” Lilly snickered. She shook her head.

“No. He wasn’t Mr. Right, more of Mr. Right Now.”


“I’m not killing my child, Konan. Why would I take my bad decision making out on an innocent life?”

Konan shrugged. What could he say? All his hopes for a future lay dashed at his feet.

“You know, all the time that I felt such affection for you, I…”

“I felt it too, Konan.”

“I guess that’s that then. It was my hope since we no longer are partners…”

Lilly nodded and tears welled up in her eyes. Being a mother was not in her bailiwick, but her maternal instinct would kick in. Konan had no doubts she would make a wonderful mother.

Silence grew between them. Konan watched as the server brought out their food.

“At least this has gone right today.”

While Konan and Lilly ate their lunch, Lilly tried to think of a way to tell Konan that she still felt the same way she did the first time she’d met him. “Just because I am pregnant doesn’t mean that we can’t love each other. Why does this crap emotion have to be so complicated?”

Anything she said concerning her love for Konan now would only cheapen the moment. She wondered if he still felt the same about her. He was focused on his liver and gravy. Lilly cut into her steak.

Love is a wonderful thing, but it is also a train wreck of emotions that overpower commonsense. Maybe things were better this way.

Time would tell if love was in the cards for the two of them. Or if the threads of their fate was intertwined together.

They could figure it out, after they solved this murder mystery.

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