The Mystery So Far…

Posted On September 15, 2010

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Thirteen months ago, in the peaceful state of Kayton, something awful occured.

Florence Delarosa, an innocent neighbor, stumbled upon the bodies of two people – Lisa and Tessa Ramirez.

At first it seemed that Checo Ramirez was the obvious choice, especially after it was revealed that he had been cheating on his wife with Carmen Karlington. But when he was arrested, Checo was released due to lack of evidence… because no one knew of the affair.

Soon, more suspects began to come to light. Fallon, the leader of Kayton’s crime ring, was conducting several meetings with his right hand man, Tyler Linkletter.

Even more disturbing, it was revealed that Penny Roseland, an unusually cold and ambitious politician, had been up for Lisa’s job. Perhaps she was willing to do anything for her career?

As the year progressed, the police came no closer to discovering the killer… and life went on.

Checo and Carmen continued to see one another in secret – until Carmen became pregnant. Checo, knowing that if the affair was ever discovered he was done for, guilty or not, promised Gretchen Abbley, Carmen’s best friend and roommate, to never see her again.

Meanwhile, Samantha Bradshaw arrived in town, and on her first night, overheard a conversation in which Checo and Fallon disscussed the murders; clearly they are ver much involved. After being hired as a journalist on the case, she vowed to get to the bottom. Samantha became good friends with Tyler’s wife, Kimberly, who knew of Tyler’s involvement with Fallon but did not know her husband’s true nature.

Next, Samantha and Florence teamed up and broke into the Ramirez house, where after a long search, they discovered a letter written to Fallon from Lisa – one that might change everything.

Samantha got closer and closer to finding out who was responsible for both deaths… and when Fallon got wind of what she was up to, he tried to stop her. He was helped by Samantha’s friend Myrtle, who fed him information because Fallon threatened her family.

Fallon, armed with what Myrtle told him, gave Samantha an ultimatum: leave town forever and keep your mouth shut – or you and your family would be hurt.

Samantha left town for good – but she may have left a clue or two behind for her close friend Jeff Weiss to discover. The only hope left is that he will be able to see past his broken heart to continue the hunt for Lisa and Tessa’s killer, and if Florence will be brave enough to step forward with her information about Lisa – but Samantha’s sudden dissapearence had scared her straight. Kimberly too, cannot be counted out, because she knows about the letters… and is growing more suspicious of her criminal husband every day.

And just last week Tyler charmed poor Gretchen into giving up information she never would have – Tyler now knows Carmen is pregnant with Checo’s child… and once that gets back to Fallon… who knows what will happen?

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Sort of a Secret

Posted On September 14, 2010

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February, Round 2 – mini update – Abbley / Karlington household { featuring Gretchen Abbley (28), Carmen Karlington (27), Tyler and Kimberly Linkletter (both 25), and Zack Bennett (30) }

Carmen was finally feeling the trials of pregnancy. Night after night she tossed and turned, and the only thing growing more quickly than her stomach was her tiredness.

That was why she ended up on the computer, surfing the internet for a new pair of earrings at four o’clock in the morning.

Suddenly, coming from what suspiciously sounded like Gretchen’s bedroom, Carmen heard a giggle.

Or, what she thought might be one.

No. It couldn’t be.

Easing herself out of the chair with a groan, she waddled over to Gretchen’s bedroom and thoughtlessly opened the door.

Gretchen was on the phone, her face aglow, wearing the biggest grin. “I thought so too!” she giggled again.

Carmen arched an eyebrow.

“Oh, I have to go! I seem to have woken up my roommate.” Gretchen said into the phone. “What? Oh, goodness, I couldn’t! Okay, goodnight. See you soon.” she hung up.

“Who the heck was that?” Carmen screeched. “If you’d sounded any sappier on that phone…” she trailed off, smiling. “I bet it’s a boy!”

“Hey!” Gretchen’s cheeks flushed. “I know that’s your area of expertise and all, but I like him. He’s from work. Now get to bed, you need your rest. And I hope I didn’t anger you by waking you up.”

“Oh, I’m not mad, silly.” Carmen said. “It’s just…”

“What?” Gretchen leaned in, close to her roommate’s ear.

“I’ve just never heard you laugh like that before. It was nice.”

* * * *

The next day was a huge, monumental one for the girls, namely Carmen. Today was the opening of her salon, which she decided to name Rojo Caliente.

“I can’t believe you convinced me to take off work for this.” Gretchen moaned, taking her place behind the counter. “You need to hire someone eventually.”

“Yes, but for now, I can save money by having you work the register for free! Remember, I’m still thousands of dollars in debt!”

“I hope you’ve been learning how to deal with customers, manage finances, keep a schedule… this isn’t fun and games, you know!” Gretchen warned.

“Yeah, yeah, yeah. This is my first time out in public since I started to show. I need to concentrate. Remember, stick to the story… I got pregnant by a one night stand with a random man!” Carmen hollered. “Ooh, look, a customer!”

Carmen’s first customer turned out to be a tall, balding black man.

“Sorry, buddy. I style hair here.” Carmen said, patting him on the shoulder. “Better luck next time.”

Gretchen cringed in embarrassment. “Have a nice day sir!” she shouted as he marched to the corner, huffing angrily.

“My first real customer!” Carmen gushed, shaking her hand. “Nice to meet you, what can I do for you?”

“I’d just like some minor changes, please.” the girl said timidly.

“Sure, follow me. I’m thinking we give you a little trim, blow it out, and maybe lighten it a few shades.”

“Er… okay.” she shrugged.

Many snips, dyes, and cuts later, Carmen swiveled the girl around to face the mirror.

Both the girl and Gretchen were happily surprised. “Wonderful! I love it!” She thanked Carmen, paid Gretchen, and left, while simultaneously telling them how she was going to recommend Rojo Caliente to every girl she knew.

“You know, Carmen, you’re pretty good at this sort of thing. I’m proud of you!”

“I do have other talents outside the bedroom, you know.” Carmen said, sweeping up the floor. “Don’t judge me!”

There were a lot of visits that day, one of the more notable ones being Zack Bennett. “I’m her on my girlfriend Tracey’s orders. She asked me to check this place out. She wants to know whether or not you do… uh… what was it? Weaves?”

“Er… I…” stammered Gretchen.

“OF COURSE WE DO WEAVES. GET IT TOGETHER, GRETCH.” Carmen shouted above the roar of the hairdryer.

“There you go!” Gretchen laughed. This job was proving to be quite entertaining.

Next to arrive were Kimberly and Tyler Linkletter.

“I simply had to check you out, girl! I’m so proud of you!” Kimberly said, hugging Carmen. “Tyler is taking me out tonight, so I just want a casual up ’do.”

“Does this mean your rough patch is over?” Carmen asked, grabbing the scissors.

“I don’t know.” Kimberly scowled. “He’s still acting all mysterious… what is it with men and all the secrets?”

“I feel ya!” Carmen said, seating her. “This hair is gorgeous…” The two women fell into conversation.

Meanwhile… trouble was brewing, and no one even seemed to realize…

“You two have a beautiful shop here!” Tyler smiled, his even, white smile gleaming.

Gretchen couldn’t help but smile too. It was a well known fact that nearly all the women in Kayton swooned over Tyler They couldn’t help it. He was that irresistible.

“I don’t really work here. I’m actually a nurse, soon to be a surgical intern, at Mercy Hospital. I’m just giving Carmen a hand.”

“Whoa, a girl who saves lives. So anyway, Gretch, can I tell you, I’m simply dumbfounded that Carmen is pregnant! Why haven’t you told us?”

“Somehow I don’t think you’re that surprised, Tyler. Carmen was always a free wheeling girl.”

“Yes, but I prefer them more like you- honest, down to earth, humble.”

Gretchen blushed further.

“And who’s the happy father?” Tyler asked innocently.

“Oh, no one.” Gretchen stammered.

“No one? Since you’re a nurse, I’m sure you can explain how a woman… can just instantly become pregnant, no father.”

“Haven’t you ever heard of immaculate conception?” Gretchen joked.

“Very funny. But for real… come on, you can tell me.” Tyler pried.

“I can’t… well, you see, it’s sort of a secret.” Gretchen looked at the floor.

Now Tyler really wanted to know. “Aw, Gretch, I’m disappointed. I thought you were honest. It was one of the qualities I liked best about you.”

“I really can’t say.”

“It’s a shame. Here I am, thinking you were so perfect…”

“Oh, alright. But you have to swear not to tell a soul. I’m only telling you since Carmen happens to be such a close friend of yours.” Gretchen looked right and left. “It’s Checo Ramirez. It’s over now, but they’d been seeing each other for close to a year. And if this gets out… boy, they’ll be trouble. So keep your mouth shut!”

“Yes.” Tyler was dazed. He was going to have a word with Fallon, he knew, before they decided on anymore action… there was a lot of damage control to get done. And he knew Gretchen was more right than she ever knew: if this got out, they’d all be in trouble.

And just a few feet away stood Carmen, rubbing her pregnant belly and thinking about the future, the girl who would be in the most trouble of all.

* * * *You’ll find out soon who Gretchen’s new crush is. I hope you’ll be happy for her, as I am.

Whew. Gretchen really blew it. She didn’t mean to tell, she SWEARS. But Tyler is so charming… and cute… and complimentary. And he’s double the slime ball for using his moves on poor, sweet, innocent Gretchen.

Mystery post to follow, it’s already written and waiting, guys, woo hoo!