Bridgeport Blues - Chapter One
Published Sep 17, 2011

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It's 4AM in the city by the bay. I've been up all night, drinking and watching the rain turn the dusty streets into asphalt rivers. The water floods over the gutters, clearing the trash from the sidewalks. I can't sleep...too much on my mind.

A pair of vampires walk slowly down the middle of Fernhope Avenue, ignoring the pelting rain and everything else, including me. I grasp the silver cross around my neck out of habit, twisting it between my fingers, until they are long out of sight.

The rain slows to a drizzle then stops and the sky clears shortly before dawn. I put down the glass of nectar, half full, and watch the sun rise from the window of my rathole apartment. "Live to die another day," I mutter to myself as I make my way to the shower. God, I hated that movie.
I flip the light on in my office and set the unopened bottle of nectar on the side table by the door. I tell myself that I won't start drinking until noon - nice to have a goal to shoot for - but I know I'm lying. It'll be gone by ten.

The open folder on my desk stops me before I can hang up my coat. That folder wasn't there yesterday.

I look around to see if anything else has been disturbed but it's hard to tell. God knows I never clean up around here. Wait, yes... one of the drawers in my file cabinet is open a crack. I doubt if I've opened that in months.

But whoever was here is long gone as there's nowhere to hide in this tiny space. I cross to the file cabinet and check the drawer. This is where I keep my invoices, what few I have, and nothing seems to be missing.
I pull out my chair and sit, staring at the folder like it might jump up and bite, but my curiosity gets the better of me. I can't help looking.

There is a single piece of paper and a photo inside the folder. The photo is a woman talking to a young boy outside one of those cookie-cutter starter homes on the edge of town. It's just an ordinary picture, nothing special, and I don't recognize either the woman or the boy.
The paper is a note that reads:
"Mr. Larson, this is a picture of my wife and son taken approximately two months ago so this is the most recent photo that I have. My wife is missing. She left the house to go to work three days ago and did not come home. Find her."

The note isn't signed and I stare into space as if the answers to the dozen questions racing through my mind are written in the air.
I pick up the picture again and study the woman. She is beautiful... and now missing. But who is she? And why did her husband break into my office to leave this on my desk?

I reach for the bottle of nectar out of habit, then stop. If I am going to investigate this, I'll need all of my wits and I don't have many left. But, was I going to get involved? I look at the photo one more time and decide...

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#18urm0mSep 19, 2011

I am very excited for the next part \:D

#19MangioSep 19, 2011

Congrats on the feature \:rah\: Seems to be interesting.. i like crime/mystery stories. I wonder why he'd drink so much.. Can't wait for more

#20fredbrennySep 20, 2011

\:D  This a a great 'gum shoe' story. It reminds me of the 1930's somehow... The weather, the drinking, the narrative... The depressive mood somehow... Great! Love it!! \:rah\:  Yes, it is short, but for an intro it is perfect!

#21allison731Sep 21, 2011

Great work and fantastic story\:rah\:

#22ShelleyBSep 22, 2011

\:rah\:  Great! A mystery! You have described your detective well, even though you only used a few frames to do it. I'm looking forward to the next chapter...

#23altea127Sep 30, 2011

\:rah\: \:\)

#24lilluh97Nov 8, 2011

great beginning of a story, can't wait to read more! \:D

#25maurieMar 27, 2012

What a great idea for a sim-story! I like the old-time detective mystery, and I like that your intro was short yet descriptive! 

#26RennaraJul 26, 2012

nice cliff hanger\:rah\:...on to chapter 2

#27PantherGirlSimVIPFeb 5, 2016

what is the name of your youtube channel? Thanks

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