Death Carries A Hammer…new writing, unedited, and incomplete…

Tina’s Pizza prided themselves on having the best pizza in the tri-state area. Unlike many restaurants, they had only one location. They were on the southern corner of the main town square.

Lilly pulled into an empty parking spot directly in front of the small restaurant. The southern portion of the square had Tina’s Pizza, JoJo’s Coffee and Danish, and a small book swap-shop.

The detectives walked into the restaurant and sat at a table next to the door.

“I’ll be right with you,” a middle-aged woman said from behind the counter. A few people sat in booths, but otherwise the place was empty.

“Okay,” the lady said, wiping her hands on her apron, “what can I get you started with?”

“We need to speak with the owner on some important business,” Lilly said, flipping out her badge.

“Uh, okay. Well, I’m her. My name is Paige Walker, but people have called me Tina all my life. What can I do for the police?”

“Please, have a seat. We won’t take long,” Konan said.

Tina sat in a chair next to Lilly. Konan watched her for any sign of deceit, but the woman was calm and collected from what he noticed.

“Have you heard of the murders over in The Pined Haven? Four people lost their lives, and right before someone killed them, they ate a pizza from here. Do you keep a ledger for each sale?”

“Yes. The ledger is how we track who our best customers are, and we use it to send out flyers and special deals.”

“Could we see it, or better yet, could you make a copy of all sales from the past week? That would help us out.”

“Yes. I’ll get you a copy right now. Those poor people…”

Paige Walker disappeared into the back of the restaurant and returned holding a paper folder. She handed it to Lilly.

“That’s every sale from the past two weeks, addresses, and phone numbers. I hope it helps you catch the person who killed those folks.”

“Thank you for the help, Tina. I am sure it will prove beneficial in helping us to apprehend the perps.”

The pair walked out into the sunshine. After days of rain, it was nice to see the sun again. Lilly looked over the hood of the car at Konan and said, “now to the hospital, right?”

“Yeah. I do not know how I’m going to get someone to break confidentiality, but maybe they’ll take pity on me.”

“We can only hope.”

Lilly started the car and drove toward the hospital. Ditches overflowed with rushes of water, and Lilly drove slowly through the large puddles. Her sudden change from a maniacal speed demon to a courteous driver surprised Konan.

She pulled the vehicle into the roundabout and dropped Konan off at the front door.

“I’ll park and find you inside. You should ask to speak to the administrator. Maybe they could help you cut through the red tape.”

“That’s good thinking, Lilly. I’ll head there straightaway, and I’ll let you know if I move somewhere else before you make it in.”

“Alright.”

Konan walked into the main foyer and noticed a security guard huddled near the desk of the information clerk. He walked over.

“Good afternoon, could someone direct me to the office of the Hospital Administrator?”

“Why do you need to see the administrator?”

Konan pulled out his badge and forced a smile at the grumpy guard.

“Which way?”

“Follow me. I’ll take you to them.”

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