Within the same hour as the murder took place, Isabel Trumbo sat in her armchair dozing, the Alaskan Outdoor magazine on her lap. Her kid sister Alma fidgeted in the other armchair, from time to time picking up her newspaper folded over to the day’s crossword puzzle.
She had lettered in the spaces for one word across and two down. Tapping the ink pen on her pursed lips, she stared at the blanks, and her attention wandered off. She decided her life had grown too boring and predictable. She flipped over the newspaper and browsed another editorial about Sheriff Roscoe Fox’s incompetence. You could tell the elections were right around the corner.
Just then, Isabel roused and wetted her thumb to flip over to the next page.
Alma squirmed in her armchair.
“You sure are restless,” Isabel said.
Alma glanced over at her. “Is it that obvious?”
“Indeed. So then put on the TV.”
Alma sighed again.
“If that isn’t enough excitement, go change the light bulb over the mud room.”
“Why don’t I try bungee jumping or something just as crazy? I’d climb up on the stepladder and tumble off it.” Her words too sharp, Alma softened her voice. “What’s on TV?”
Isabel’s eyes flicked to the TV Guide lying on the ottoman. “Don’t the soaps still run on afternoons? When we lived on the boulevard, you watched General Hospital, so tune it in again.”
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