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FF: Neighbors! #61

Posted: December 26, 2014 in Flash Fiction, Neighbors!
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Lisa and I left the station. It was peaceful outside.

“This greedy bastard is hopefully getting what he deserves!”

“He will, Lisa. The trial will have media coverage. This may well give Lavinia and Lester the opportunity for their alien show.”

“I really hope that, Jim. It’s incredible how mean humans can be.”

“If all humans had at least half of your empathy and compassion – the world would be a better place, Lisa.”

Lisa shook her head and smiled. “Look what I’ve got for Craig!”

I admired the little object in her hand. “He’ll have a blast! Great choice!”

“I miss him, Bunny, the cabin – everything.”

“The case is solved – thanks to you, Lisa. You’re free to go.”

Lisa hugged me. “Promise me.. Listen to your heart, Jim, let Trudy in.”

Following her gaze, I noticed Trudy at the corner.

Lisa jumped on her bike and was gone.

“I’m going home!”


Dear readers,

Thank you very much for joining me on this flash fiction series with added fan fiction.

It was great fun to write this story.

My special thanks to ‘Flash Fiction Friday’ (@FlashFridayFic) – their photo inspired me to write a flash fiction story. You can revisit this photo in the first instalment of ‘FF: Neighbors!’

And my very special thanks to Craig Boyack! He agreed to let his awesome character Lisa Burton help Sheriff Jim Burrell solve this tricky case. Craig, Lisa and you will always be welcome on my blogs.

Have a great day!

Karen


 

Lisa is the main character in C. S. Boyack’s ‘Wild Concept’. She’s a robot who helps Craig Boyack around the writing cabin these days.

To learn more about versatile author Craig, awesome automation Lisa Burton and the writing cabin, please check out his blog “Entertaining Stories” and my review on ‘Wild Concept’:

https://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com/

http://mytrainofthoughtson.wordpress.com/2014/11/11/wild-concept-by-c-s-boyack/

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FF: Neighbors! #60

Posted: December 26, 2014 in Flash Fiction, Neighbors!
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It was time to confront Hardin. We marched in. Hardin didn’t regret anything, except getting caught.”I was frustrated,” he downright admitted. “15 years for that wretched firm and – nothing. Being my own boss was nice and – boring. When this midget Lester appeared and I met his gorgeous sister, I sensed big money coming my way. He was to play the role of a flashy alien guy, upsetting some villages and a lousy sheriff in the middle of nowhere. I counted on the press being called in. This media hype would then carry on to Vegas, pushing the show publicity. But you and this drunkard scotched that!”

Tony and I looked at each other. This one certainly would face several years of jail. Lavinia and Lester might end up on probation. We left the room.

“Tony, please prepare the paperwork. I want this greedy guy gone ASAP.”

Tony nodded in approval.

I exhaled. “Let’s get out of here, Lisa.”


Dear readers,

Lisa is the main character in C. S. Boyack’s ‘Wild Concept’. She’s a robot who helps Craig Boyack around the writing cabin these days.

To learn more about versatile author Craig, awesome automation Lisa Burton and the writing cabin, please check out his blog “Entertaining Stories” and my review on ‘Wild Concept’:

https://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com/

http://mytrainofthoughtson.wordpress.com/2014/11/11/wild-concept-by-c-s-boyack/

FF: Neighbors! #59

Posted: December 25, 2014 in Flash Fiction, Neighbors!
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Fake Bobbi didn’t look glamorous any longer. She corroborated her brother’s story.

“What would you have done?” she asked us. “Seeing your brother fade to nothing, his despair, then finally a ray of hope. He deserves to have a little fun and fame with a little show.”

“You didn’t blow up the trailer or set fire to the factory – but why did you have to drug the guard? Had the fire spread – he might have died!”

She looked up in disbelief. “I didn’t drug anybody! The guard had one helluva headache, I gave him one of my pills, that’s all!”

Lisa was on full alert. “Are there some left?” She rushed out, already putting on her gloves. At the lab, she labeled and documented the evidence, sliced a pill for official analysis. She licked a slice. Her tongue immediately identified the substances. The pill container had Hardin’s prints all over it. He’d wanted to harm Lavinia!


Dear readers,

Lisa is the main character in C. S. Boyack’s ‘Wild Concept’. She’s a robot who helps Craig Boyack around the writing cabin these days.

To learn more about versatile author Craig, awesome automation Lisa Burton and the writing cabin, please check out his blog “Entertaining Stories” and my review on ‘Wild Concept’:

https://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com/

http://mytrainofthoughtson.wordpress.com/2014/11/11/wild-concept-by-c-s-boyack/

FF: Neighbors! #58

Posted: December 24, 2014 in Flash Fiction, Neighbors!
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Dispatch had organized sufficient staff for the holding cells and interview rooms. We had separated the trio right away, and they were all pretty subdued on arrival.

I thanked Steve for riding along, had to dismiss him nonetheless. I promised to keep him in the loop, he was quite satisfied with that prospect.

Inside, I briefed the staff. Tony and I would do the interviews, Lisa would be present as consultant.

“O-wen first, then fake Bobbi, then Hardin.” Lisa and Tony agreed.

“Excellent choice, Jim!”

O-wen was the picture of misery. “Lester, you know why you’re here?”

O-wen’s confirmation resulted in a torrent of words. He talked about his depression after receiving the transplant, the medication he hated, and his dream of a show in Vegas. “I wanted to stop everyone laughing at me – I wanted them to laugh because they enjoyed my show!”

This was too much for him. O-wen turned pale and Tony hurriedly called an ambulance.


Dear readers,

Lisa is the main character in C. S. Boyack’s ‘Wild Concept’. She’s a robot who helps Craig Boyack around the writing cabin these days.

To learn more about versatile author Craig, awesome automation Lisa Burton and the writing cabin, please check out his blog “Entertaining Stories” and my review on ‘Wild Concept’:

https://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com/

http://mytrainofthoughtson.wordpress.com/2014/11/11/wild-concept-by-c-s-boyack/

FF: Neighbors! #57

Posted: December 23, 2014 in Flash Fiction, Neighbors!
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We followed at a convenient distance. Lisa kept me posted about the route. In addition, she sent me a recording of the meeting, including photos of the office. ‘X marks the spots’ was her direct message to me.

I tipped off Vegas Chuck about the office. There was enough evidence to link to our case. I refrained from telling the others how Lisa knew. Her ability to scan through matters should remain unknown.

“Crossing the state border in 15.” We had agreed upon this time span to get our reinforcements there in time.

“Faster now, Tony!” Tony accelerated while thousand ‘What if’s’ swirled through our minds.

“Crossing state border in 3.”

The radio cackled: “Sheriff Burrell, reinforcement in place.”

“Crossing state border in 5-4-3-2-1.”

Lisa flew over the state border, and before the trio realized, they were surrounded by police. They were cuffed, read their Miranda rights, and we took off to the station.


Dear readers,

Lisa is the main character in C. S. Boyack’s ‘Wild Concept’. She’s a robot who helps Craig Boyack around the writing cabin these days.

To learn more about versatile author Craig, awesome automation Lisa Burton and the writing cabin, please check out his blog “Entertaining Stories” and my review on ‘Wild Concept’:

https://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com/

http://mytrainofthoughtson.wordpress.com/2014/11/11/wild-concept-by-c-s-boyack/

FF: Neighbors! #56

Posted: December 22, 2014 in Flash Fiction, Neighbors!
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While we listened in to Lisa’s encounter, I admired her skills once more. This situation meant treading in dangerous waters, one wrong move could be fatal for our investigation. The trio needed to stick together, not divide into two opposing parties.

As the confrontation continued, we found out that Hardin had told Lavinia and Lester what to do. The helicopter stunt – picking up O’wen in the middle of the night – had cost a fortune. Even in Steve’s then drunk state, he had looked through the decoy, never reported a UFO sighting. This was when the trio got more and more desperate.

Lisa picked the right moment to steer the conversation in a new direction. She played the rivalling show star convincingly.

“And now…” Lisa purred, followed by a clanking sound, then running.

I nudged Tony, whispering “Get ready.”

Lisa left the building, leaped onto her bike and took off. The trio jumped into a sedan in hot pursuit.


Dear readers,

Lisa is the main character in C. S. Boyack’s ‘Wild Concept’. She’s a robot who helps Craig Boyack around the writing cabin these days.

To learn more about versatile author Craig, awesome automation Lisa Burton and the writing cabin, please check out his blog “Entertaining Stories” and my review on ‘Wild Concept’:

https://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com/

http://mytrainofthoughtson.wordpress.com/2014/11/11/wild-concept-by-c-s-boyack/

FF: Neighbors! #55

Posted: December 20, 2014 in Flash Fiction, Neighbors!
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Lisa’s suggestion about coffee and using the facilities was gladly accepted. We gawked at flashy limousines, beautiful girls, guys in fancy suits – like normal tourists. Finally, Tony navigated us to the back road. We parked in the shadow of a tree, trying to behave as any lost tourist would.

My phone beeped as Lisa called to let us listen in on the conversation. In one point we had been wrong: Hardin and fake Bobbi had met. He had told O’wen that someone like him would never be a star, given his looks. He needed to show off a little, rent one of his luxury mobile homes and a car, settle down in the middle of nowhere, ideally on the outskirts of a tiny town with a dumb sheriff. The scandals would be harmless enough, with lots of publicity. When O’wen paid for the mobile home and car, the power outage made ‘real’ Bobbi seize the opportunity to vanish.


Dear readers,

Lisa is the main character in C. S. Boyack’s ‘Wild Concept’. She’s a robot who helps Craig Boyack around the writing cabin these days.

To learn more about versatile author Craig, awesome automation Lisa Burton and the writing cabin, please check out his blog “Entertaining Stories” and my review on ‘Wild Concept’:

https://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com/

http://mytrainofthoughtson.wordpress.com/2014/11/11/wild-concept-by-c-s-boyack/

FF: Neighbors! #54

Posted: December 18, 2014 in Flash Fiction, Neighbors!
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After the call, Lisa sent me the directions. The theater’s delivery entrance was in one of the less flashy roads, at least on the map it offered sufficient possibilities for us to hide in plain view.

As we reached Vegas, Lisa called again with instructions. “Pass by the theater, round the block. Do by no means pass the delivery entrance. Be prepared to follow fake Bobbi and O’wen. Just keep a low profile, will you!”

“Yep, will do,” I assured her.

“You all might want to grab a coffee first, or use the facilities. It’ll take me about 45 minutes to arrange everything. If you do not see my bike, pray and let the motor rip in hot pursuit! If Hardin comes out with the Davies to follow me, we need more support back in Arizona. He could be extremely dangerous. If he doesn’t come out with the Davies, inform your contact and put him under surveillance.”


Dear readers,

Lisa is the main character in C. S. Boyack’s ‘Wild Concept’. She’s a robot who helps Craig Boyack around the writing cabin these days.

To learn more about versatile author Craig, awesome automation Lisa Burton and the writing cabin, please check out his blog “Entertaining Stories” and my review on ‘Wild Concept’:

https://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com/

http://mytrainofthoughtson.wordpress.com/2014/11/11/wild-concept-by-c-s-boyack/

FF: Neighbors! #53

Posted: December 16, 2014 in Flash Fiction, Neighbors!
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Tony was our designated driver, Steve got in beside him, I got in the back with some paperwork. We drove at a steady pace. Lisa called me halfway.

“Am I on speaker?” was her first question.

I negated and she told me what she had researched. Hardin had a connection to Vegas. He was silent partner at the theater that had denied fake Bobbi and O’wen’s show. Apparently, he had wanted the siblings to try harder at getting famous. Lavinia and Lester had considered him their friend, while he just manipulated them. He had fared well with his carrot-and-stick approach.

“He presumably started to leave some weird hints so they’d do stuff in his favor, like the incident at the shoe factory.”

Lisa had a point.

“I checked the theater’s location. There’s a delivery entrance in back. This is where we’ll start the hunt. Be prepared to see me running and have them follow me. Don’t get seen!”


Dear readers,

Lisa is the main character in C. S. Boyack’s ‘Wild Concept’. She’s a robot who helps Craig Boyack around the writing cabin these days.

To learn more about versatile author Craig, awesome automation Lisa Burton and the writing cabin, please check out his blog “Entertaining Stories” and my review on ‘Wild Concept’:

https://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com/

http://mytrainofthoughtson.wordpress.com/2014/11/11/wild-concept-by-c-s-boyack/

FF: Neighbors! #52

Posted: December 14, 2014 in Flash Fiction, Neighbors!
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We gathered in the meeting room, yawning. Lisa stepped in, a vivacious and stunning sight. Imagine Marilyn Monroe in tight leather jeans, showing cleavage, seductive lips and eyes.

I cleared my throat. “Let’s cover the bone marrow topic.” I signaled Tony to connect. We found a match within minutes: Lester Davies, born and living in – Graynor. The ‘relative to contact…’ column stated Lavinia Davies, sister.

“Look what I found, guys!” Lisa activated a holo presentation.

The Davies siblings had tried to set up a show in Vegas: ‘The Traveler His Monk & His Muse’

“They weren’t different enough, their lack of fame didn’t help them either. To get famous, they went to Funderburk & Hardin, distributed flyers about ‘O-Y’, set fire to a closed factory, etc.”

“Let’s get going, folks!” I grabbed my gear.

“Jim, you guys take the car, I’ll follow you on my bike. They know you, we mustn’t be seen together.”


Dear readers,

Lisa is the main character in C. S. Boyack’s ‘Wild Concept’. She’s a robot who helps Craig Boyack around the writing cabin these days.

To learn more about versatile author Craig, awesome automation Lisa Burton and the writing cabin, please check out his blog “Entertaining Stories” and my review on ‘Wild Concept’:

https://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com/

http://mytrainofthoughtson.wordpress.com/2014/11/11/wild-concept-by-c-s-boyack/