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  1. #81
    Rena Andrews

    Rena took a deep breath, feeling angry with Tom. How dare he use her and treat her like she was some sort of street dog? He would have to pay for it. And he would. Closing her eyes for a moment, Rena pondered for a while. She had to get moving with her phone call for the police. What should she say? Should she say simply that she had seen a dead body, and who he was?

    Smiling, Rena picked up the phone and made a call.

    "Police? Good morning. I have something to report".

    She hesitated just a little, before speaking quickly. "I saw a dead body this morning. It's... it was Mr. Keith Allerton, the younger brother of the Mayor". After some hesitation, she added, deciding to throw caution to the wind. "Mr. Burns, the Fire Chief, probably knows more about this... event than he would like police to know".

    Without giving her name or any more information, Rena hung up. Well, there he had it. That would teach Tom to play with fire.

  2. #82
    Dani Allerton-Burns

    With thoughts of Keith pushed out of her mind, Dani put on a happy face as the children were brought into her office. She was a little nervous, she had the fear the children would find her job boring. It wasn't as exciting as running into a burning building or stopping a criminal. But being the Mayor was a very vital job of the community. She noticed that Mrs Rivera seemed a little nervous as well. She had no idea the reason and thought that perhaps the children were a little wild.

    "Hello, children."

    Dani started and gave them a brief rundown of what her job was for Clearwater. Wondering in the back of her mind if she was boring them. After all, being the leader of their community, she spent a lot of time in meetings.

  3. #83
    Mrs. Rivera and the Children

    The children seemed really curious about everything about them as they walked into Dani's office. Little whispers and giggles were heard, but the kids soon quieted down when Mrs. Rivera shushed them gently. She was still nervous, but having something to worry about made her feel a little less stressed. Things would probably be different once she had to talk to Dani, but, for now, all she had to worry about was keeping the children well-behaved and pay attention to what their Mayor had to say.

    Once Dani finished her brief rundown of her job, one of the kids raised her hand and waited to be allowed to speak. "Mrs. Allerton-Burns, do you have to study a lot to be Mayor?", she asked curiously. The little girl's father was always telling her she needed to study a lot if she ever wanted to be anything important in life, so, in the girl's mind, the Mayor should probably have had to study harder than anyone else. Of course she wouldn't explain all that unless asked to, but it made sense in her young mind.

  4. #84
    The local P.D.

    At the local Police Department, the operator who had picked up the phone was still stunned by what she had heard. Was it true? She supposed someone might have been interested in killing Mr. Allerton. He wasn't exactly the best citizen in town, was he? But he was still their mayor's brother, so it would take a lot of guts - or anger - for someone to have the guts to simply kill him. And just like that, in broad daylight? What on earth was this person thinking?

    The operator had just gotten up to go share what she had heard with others, when Mrs. Blight, as nervous as it was to be expected when someone had to come into the PD to report something, stormed in. "There's... a dead man on the street, right in the old alley!", she blurted out, not even able to think clearly. This kind of thing didn't happen in their small and safe town. People died, sure, but they died of natural causes or accidents. They weren't murdered and left out on the street to be found just like that.

    As soon as she finished speaking, the operator decided to step in. "Was this man Mr. Allerton?", she asked, ignoring propriety or politeness for now.

    Mrs. Blight's eyes widened, and she nodded. "Yes, exactly. Did Mrs. Rivera...?". The operator shrugged. "We just got an anonymous caller", she explained. An officer who was in the room sighed. "I'll check it out. Will report back soon", the man stated, leaving the room through a back door. He'd better take his car and make this official. Unless people in town were collectively hallucinating, something serious was going on.

  5. #85
    Dani Allerton-Burns

    Kids always made Dani smile. She loved kids. She had wanted more then just one, but Tom had only wanted one child. Saying their hands full as it was. Especially given their jobs, she supposed he was right. Although, as Jared was getting older, she sometimes wished they had had another child.

    Dani hoped she hadn't bored them too much with her job, she tried to make it sound interesting. Even if there were times it really wasn't. The kids seemed to be interested, which was nice. She smiled at the girl.

    "Studying is important, but I didn't have to stay in school as long as a doctor or a lawyer. One of the most important parts of my job is listening and that can't be taught in a school. I have to listen to what the people in our town want and need. Helping people with different viewpoints and desires come to a compromise that is best for everyone. School is important for any job, the more you know, the better. In fact, you should never stop learning. However, what I've learned since I have become Mayor, is that passion is one of the most important things to have. If you aren't passionate about you do, then you won't do the best job you can. And that applies for any profession, not just politics."

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