THE MYSTERY WRITERS OF AMERICA NORTHWEST
ANNOUNCE THE CANCELLATION OF THE
THE BELLE EPOQUE MYSTERY MEMORIAL
In a room in a house on a hill by the sea
is a man who is also a woman,
and both have reached their moment of capitulation.
Not a moment for happiness, or even relief,
just the end.
This is Javvy.
You have heard from them before.
This time they sit in front of a shot of whiskey (neat), a Kimber revolver (in black steel), and an iPhone (open to contacts). Outside, the distant doppler of police sirens.
Javvy searches for “Oscar Racso” and dials.
When there is a ring on the other end, Javvy grabs the whiskey and tosses it back. On the line, the ring becomes the beep of voicemail answering. And Javvy speaks.
“Hello, Oscar, this is Javvy. I know why Belle wants me to stay away from her memorial. I have always known. But now I know it was not because she does not want me there. It is the opposite. She is always the chess player and we are always playing catch-up. But I have found a way to give her what she wants and for me to get what I want too. There will be no memorial. There is no need now. Good-bye, Oscar. This is Javvy.”
Javvy ends the call and reaches for the gun. Outside the sound of police sirens grow louder.
MWA NW HEREBY ANNOUNCES THAT THE BELLE EPOQUE MEMORIAL FOR APRIL 30 2023 AT THE KIANA LODGE IN POULSBO HAS BEEN CANCELLED FOR NOW.
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