The Paperback Edition…
LATER THAT NIGHT…
I was leaving Doyle’s a good twenty minutes after closing.
Everyone else had cleared out. I had sent Hannah on her way with her new boyfriend, reassuring her that I was right behind them. The “new boyfriend” was that cute cop she had met last night.
He was new to the Minneapolis ‘cop shop’…neither Hannah nor I had seen him before….and he was drop dead good-looking. Hannah was absolutely on fire about him.
She had talked of no one and nothing else all the way to Doyle’s…wondering if he would show up tonight like he had promised.
She had also told him that she would probably be singing with the band. Oh. My.
They had been inseparable since the minute we had walked in.
I never got a chance to ask her if she knew who had called out my name last night during my rather sketchy departure.
To be brutally honest…I was a little embarrassed to admit…even to Hannah…that I was drawing a blank about some of last night’s activities. It’s pretty scary when you don’t remember…
Just as we were all getting up to leave, I realized that I did not have my favorite pen…the one that I always use to take notes.
I told Hannah and her “little detective”…to take off since I was sure I would find it shortly.
I searched my purse again…for the umpteenth time and was not looking forward to pawing thru the rubble on the floor but I knew that was my next mission.
Even the bright white lights they usually put on to hurry us drinkers out into the forgiving darkness…had now been replaced by the bar’s glowing, red security lights.
At most clubs, when the last note had been played, people quickly left in droves.
There were after-hours parties to go to and “romantic” hook-ups that needed completing. But…I wasn’t going anywhere until I found that damn pen.
It was an old Peterson family tradition to give a 14 KT Gold Cross pen to your son or daughter at their high school graduation.
Even though my dad knew he wouldn’t be able to do this himself…he had died when I was seven…he had instructed my mom to to buy one and give it to me on the day I graduated from Hamilton High School.
I was not leaving Doyle’s without that pen.
As I was searching around underneath the nearby tables, I finally found it under a bunch of grubby napkins. Gross…
When I stood up from the floor, I felt a little dizzy so I sat down in a nearby chair and waited for my head to clear.