Following complaints about CeeCee’s ability to provide relevant information on two of the characters in this series, Detective Hugh Dunnitt is forced to intervene. It is his decision alone that will determine if CeeCee remains on the interview panel.
He summons CeeCee to a meeting in Annie’s office.
I hope she covers up – poor Hugh is not a young man.
While he waits, he throws out the incense sticks (shame, as his pipe smoke is much more unpleasant), pulls down the pink chiffon drapes and clears the desk of CeeCee’s knickknacks.
He sits in Annie’s recliner chair and leafs through his notebook – sighing and tutting. Inappropriate clothing, misplaced terms of endearment and a complete waste of time are just some of the claims made by Fern and Raven, neither young woman able to extract anything positive from their encounter with our flamboyant psychic.
Personally, I fear CeeCee has taken too personal an approach. Neither woman believed in her ability to contact the other world or see into the future. Did CeeCee try too hard to win them round, putting her pride before results?
Here she comes now. Let’s wish her good luck. I, for one, would love to see an interview with Nessa.
(You know, sometimes I forget who’s in charge here 😉 )
CeeCee knocks on the open door before entering.
Wait, that can’t be CeeCee! What have they done with CeeCee. Fetch the police!
Hugh’s pipe falls from his lips. He stumbles to his feet, wiping the spilt ash off the desk and moves around the desk to shake her hand.
HD: CeeCee, please sit down.
CD: Thank you, Hugh (she giggles at the similar-sounding words)
At least she is smiling. I was expecting a different attitude, if I’m honest – more “all guns a-blazing” in fact. But this charm offensive might just work. Great job, CeeCee!
HD: I’m sure you know why I called this meeting?
CeeCee nods, still smiling as Hugh returns to his seat.
HD: I understand there was a little difficulty with previous interviewees, CeeCee? Care to tell me what happened?
CD: They were non-believers from the start. It makes my job impossible, Hugh. It’s like offering a bacon sandwich to a vegetarian. They may be tempted, but an underlying aversion stops them from partaking of the forbidden fruit.
HD: I see. There was nothing you could do?
CD: Nothing at all. I tried, I really did. They simply resisted my every move. I’m a sensitive soul, Hugh, I feel things. Those women blocked me – whether they knew they were doing it, I don’t know.
HD: You do realise that your job on the panel meant you were supposed to seek out details about these women that will help me determine their personality and influence in this saga?
CD: I believe I did that. Their disinclination to participate in my readings shows they have strong opinions and do not sway easily – even when tempted. You might call them stubborn, judgemental, determined, focused – or just plain rude.
Hugh chortles. CeeCee has a point. Fern and Raven are renowned for their dogged determination, and can be quite brash in situations they deem frivolous or without significance.
HD: Indeed, your sessions have made that abundantly clear. Moving on, do you think you will be better equipped to deal with the remaining characters?
CeeCee leans back in her chair and crosses her legs.
CD: Oh, yes. The blonde one – Fern something-or-other – implied the next candidate is a real believer.
HD: And the defendant? How do you think you’ll cope with him?
CeeCee uncrosses her legs, leans forward and winks.
CD: He’s a man, darling. He’ll be putty in my hands. Just you wait and see.
Looks like the old CeeCee is still in there, behind that butter-wouldn’t-melt, “Sandra Dee” façade.
HD: Very well. You can continue. But, take note, CeeCee, any more complaints and it’ll be my head on the block. I trust you to do your job, and to do it well. Don’t let me down.
CD: I know exactly what I’m doing. Have faith, Hugh. I won’t let you down. You have my word.
I’m so glad CeeCee has kept her place on the panel. I reckon she has a few treats in store for us in the coming days.
Next time, the long-awaited encounter between CeeCee and Nessa asks the question – do birds of a feather really stick together?
Thanks for reading 🙂
In the meantime, you can read The Fifth Wheel – A Prequel now and find out what happened last summer.