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Chapter 4

After they had gone over the checkpoint and were back in US territory once again, Martinez finally asked.  “What was that question about a body without a brain?  What on earth did that have to do with anything?  Why did you even ask that?”

Angus replied.  “Oh it was stupid, Rosendo.  I should have kept my big fat mouth shut!”

“I can’t blame you for trying, Angus,” Skeeter offered, giggling.  “Rosendo, we saw a blurb in a recent scandal sheet about some bodies being found without brains—in North America.  Angus was so intrigued by this article that he couldn’t resist digging around on foreign soil about it.  It just popped out.”

“Yeah, it had no bearing on this current case,” Angus admitted.  I don’t know what came over me.  I wanted to see if he had heard about it in Mexico and what his reaction would be.   I figured this would be my only opportunity to do that in the near future, so I took it.”

“Well, you got one—a reaction!” Rosendo replied.

Angus continued.  “It could be a bogus article.  After all, it was in a scandal sheet.  I do want to know one important thing, Rosendo.”

“Yeah, and what is that?”

“What did Padilla say to you in Spanish as he got up to leave?”

“It was this: No debemos hablar en voz alta de estas cosas.  Es obra del Diablo!  It translates as:  ‘We must not speak aloud of such things.  It is the work of the devil.’  I noticed he put his hand to his chest when he spoke these words.”

“That didn’t get by me, either,” Angus agreed.

“I noticed it, too,” Skeeter added.  What was that all about?  I immediately thought he was having heart trouble.”

Rosendo had one idea.  “I don’t know, but I feel he had a crucifix around his neck, under his shirt.  He was reaching for it….”

“For reassurance?  Comfort?”  Angus completed the sentence for him.

“Yeah, exactly!  It was quite creepy, actually.  It gave me a chill.”  Rosendo admitted.



Chapters of Dark Continental by Sara Marie Hogg will be published on Saturday and Sunday.

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