Weekend Writing Warriors: Odd Duck (Problems)

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As our hero Tom watches a tipsy Leda drive away—and wonders if letting her drive will make him accessory to a misdemeanor down the road—our resident thief-turned-valet Eddie sidles up and tells him that Leda has a problem. Or two:

Pill bottles

“What kind?” I asked.

He nodded at the silver Taurus that was easing out of the parking lot. “Guy in that car followed her here and stayed put until you showed—you went in and he hopped out to take a good look at your deathtrap.”

“Thanks for the heads-up,” I said.

“Might want to ask about the Roxis in her glovebox, too.”

Why would a swan need Percocet? “Prescription?”

“Three bottles, three different doctors.”


Yep.  Told you she was a hot mess.

Several of you were wondering which car Eddie chose for Leda.  The answer, of course, is “hers”, but I’m afraid I won’t have anything more specific for a while.  Tom knows more about cars than I do, but apparently that stuff only transfers one way.

51 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Warriors: Odd Duck (Problems)

    • Thanks, Charlie!

      Eddie is one of those characters who were created to do one thing or have one enlightening conversation, but you just know they have these amazing off-page lives that are none of your business. Until the sequel. 😀

  1. Tom’s got a good friend in Eddie. Nice banter between them. Leda’s got troubles with a capital “T”. Great snippet today! 🙂

    • Thanks, Gem!

      He does, though I’m not sure if Eddie would stick his neck out for Tom in a dangerous situation. Won’t matter in this books, anyway. 🙂

      She does, indeed!

  2. Mmmm . . . percocet . . . But I digress. Goodness, it seems Leda is full of er, substances! I have a feeling she’s going to need a LOT of help from Tom before all of this is over.

    • Eddie is something of an opportunist. And you never know when you might find something interesting in a glovebox; maybe bits of information that someone else might want to know for a small gratuity—or that someone else might want to keep under wraps for an even bigger gratuity—or perhaps an item or two that could be passed or sold on. Maybe along with the car.

      You may be right, Paula. Sort of. 🙂

  3. Does Eddie rifle through everyone’s car, or just on special occasions? I bet that man is a spy her father set on her, to ensure she does what she’s told… which might account for her need to prescription drugs.

    • It’s probably a habit by now, caitlin, but I kind of explained it to Paula up there. 🙂

      And that is an interesting theory that certainly does seem to fit outward appearances. 😉

    • Thanks, Nancy! 🙂

      My Dad had knee replacements and he loved the stuff. 😀

      Leda has legitimate excuses for the prescriptions, though it’s still not a particularly good coping mechanism . . .

  4. Nice. I like the chemistry between Eddie and Tom (even if it’s “against” your heroine. Or is it for her greater good?) Nice set-up of two mysteries.

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