In the Steele of the Night – 12

Later …

The suspects have gathered in the dining room. This is where Michael McKean reveals that they ALL did it, right?

theevidence

“Can I ask where these came from?” Donald demands.

Um … is that a booger?

carlfoundthem

Carl says he found them. “On Alan’s body. On his NECK, to be precise.”

sandytakesevidence

Sandy wants a closer look. “Mr. Steele? With your permission?”

whatever

Whatever.

carlsonthecase

“I have a theory!” Carl proclaims, getting up to expound.

Sandy’s not buyin’ it.

offthescent

“No. You’d just like to throw us off the scent.”
seewhathehastosay
“Sandy, let’s hear what he has to say,” says a sulky-looking Murphy. You’re not much of a joiner, are you, fella?

thosearethreads

Carl continues his dissertation. “Those are threads. Pieces of fabric.

musthaveunravelled

Fabric that must have unraveled, been strained.”

madewiththosfibers

“Now, we know Alan’s neck was broken. I think whoever broke it used a rope, or a sash, or something made with those fibers to do it.”

columbo

Gosh. If his jacket were just a little more rumpled, he’d be this guy!

yoursuggesting

Now Laura’s killer instincts come into play. “So you’re suggesting we look for whatever these threads came from?”

riptheplaceapart

“Rip the place apart if we have to,” Carl demands. “But if you find the source of those threads, you’ve found your killer.”

Don ain’t buyin’ it.

rightcarl

“Right, Carl, we’ll rip the house apart.”

giveyoutime

“And give YOU time to hide the gun.”

I thought we’d pretty well established that the gun is ALREADY hidden.

diedofbrokenneck

“Forget the gun!” Carl snarls. “The man died of a broken NECK!”
couldntshoothim

“Of course! You got here, you realized you couldn’t shoot him without everyone hearing it, so you broke his neck, then you HID the gun.”

Oh, dear. Can’t we all just get along?

excellenttime

Laura has a quiet word with her “boss.” “Now would be an excellent time to lead them, guide them, show them how it’s done.”
ohsnap

Oh, SNAP!

people
Steele decides to lead and guide. “People?”

theylooktosteele

Yeeeess?

thoughtsaboutlunch

“Any thoughts about lunch?”

There goes Laura, assaulting the man again. Good thing her fingernails are short and blunt!

littlelevity

“A little levity,” Steele explains.

heheh

See? Laura thinks it’s very funny.

gunornogun

“Gun or no gun,” Steele continues, “it seems clear to me that Carl might be onto something.”

Just one question:

runupstairsagain

“Does this mean we all have to run up the stairs again?”

Not a fan of exercise, Mr. Steele? I’m reminded of a comment Pierce Brosnan made about his dread of having to get in shape for another Bond performance: “I’m going to have to do all that running again. And the gym is such a bore.” I agree, Mr. B!

Laura takes pity.

makeasuggestion

“Might I make a suggestion, sir?”

takeabreak

Why don’t we all take a break? Murphy needs to fingerprint everyone so he can have something to compare with the prints he took off the elevator.”

sharpeyesondon sulkymurphy

Looks like the rest of the group is ALL on board with that suggestion.

sourceofthefibers

Those of you who wish to look for the source of the fibers, can.”

She returns to Steele.

littlechat

“And those who wish to have a little chat can.”

splendidsuggestion

Steele grabs the lifeline. “Splendid suggestion, Miss Holt.”

musclepose

“We’ll all- regroup in an hour,” he concludes, striking a muscle man pose to emphasize his authority.

steelefollowslaura

And off they go. To chat.

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2 responses to “In the Steele of the Night – 12

  1. daphgg

    Well surprise, surprise: Carl knows how to detect. His idea to look for a scarf rather than McDonald’s proposed gun idea makes a lot of sense. Steele seems like he really does want to go to lunch or perhaps any where to get away from the squabbling. I think he’s had enough.

  2. eaz35173

    I agree, daph!

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