“There’s a woman here to see you. Real looker.” Daisy said, sticking her head in through Murphy’s door.
Murphy nodded to send her in. He got a good look at her as she came in through the door. Eyes downcast to look demur, but there was a light to them that said otherwise. Her lips were the kind that always seemed to be smiling, or on the verge of it. A beautiful girl, no doubt about it.
“What can I do for you Miss…?”
“Adeline Sandos. Thank you for seeing me, Mr. Murphy. I have a problem. I’m not quite sure how to explain it.”
“Just start at the beginning,” Murphy said, with a generous smile, his eyes intent upon her.
Adeline hesitated, looking away and then back at Murphy. “Well, it’s my husband, you see.” Murphy nodded, as though he had expected her to say that. “He’s gotten mixed up with some bad people I think. And I’m worried…”
Here she hesitated again. Murphy leaned forward slightly. “What worries you, Miss Sandos?”
“Well, I’m worried there may be another woman.”
Murphy nodded, as though he had expected that too. He made her tell him everything, even those things she seemed reluctant to talk about, asking questions about particular details. When he was done he sent her on her way with some reassurance, telling her to put a retainer down with Daisy. He watched her leave the room, his eyes lingering on her as she left, his lips pursed in thought.
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