THE OBJECT OF SIGNIFICANCE – fingerprint!
CONTEXT: Gerda’s brainwave – asking detective Ben to get uncle Laurence’s fake suicide note tested for fingerprints – is about to backfire. Since making the request, Gerda’s deduced her godmother is somehow complicit in the 1973 mystery and is certain that (godmother) Elle’s prints will be found.
During this interim period, Gerda’s learned a few shocking truths/family secrets and had her Dark Night of the Soul during a thunderstorm on the cliffs above St Peter’s Pool (the location of both uncle Laurence’s 1973 suicide and Elle’s recent discovery of a possible muti killing (i.e. missing body parts/internal organs). Gerda’s come down with flu and has been recovering on the couch when Ben arrives to deliver the lab result.
This is from the opening scene of the final Act (in STC-speak, the Break Into 3).
Trigger warning – four-letter words (c’mon guys, this is Gerda we’re talking about here).
‘But the trail’s gone live,’ Ben continues. ‘That’s why I wanted to speak to you both. As it’s all computerised now, the system automatically checks against every print on file. Back in time and forwards. I was surprised – it matched to prints taken very recently. This month.’
What? This was unexpected. I set my mug down so I wouldn’t spill.
Ben leaned forward. ‘The situation has become more involved. The new fingerprints, the ones inputted this month, relate to a current investigation.’
‘I don’t under-’ I mumbled, caught completely off guard. A current case? What hairy-assed complication was this now? This was a curve-ball of note. What the fuck had Elle done? What the fuck had I now done?
I could feel my temples glistening. Bloody hell! I had been told to leave well enough alone. And what had I done? I’d kicked the proverbial hornet’s nest.
‘What current case?’ my godmother asked.
‘The Arnaud Beetge suicide. Or so-called suicide.’
‘Who the…’ I started, before realizing. ‘Oh, yeah, the muti guy.’ What the frickin’ hell.
Ben addressed my godmother. ‘You see Lady du Maurier, Elle, after you reported the find, your fingerprints were taken for elimination purposes. You probably did the standard checks, grabbed his wrist to feel for a pulse, pressed your fingers against the carotid artery to make sure. Those all leave prints on the body. Yours corroborated your report. That’s the only reason we had you on file,’ he tailed off.
The silence, pendulous and humid, was fractured by the sound of Elle’s teacup and saucer clattering as she set them down.
Ben spoke softly to Elle. ‘I imagine the police may want to question you.’
- This discussion was modified 2 weeks, 2 days ago by Marcus Brewster. Reason: explaining the reference to muti as it pertains to the body that Elle discovered beneath the cliffs
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