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From Motherhood is Murder
Officer Lee and I situated ourselves in a corner of the bar, each
of us in a black lounge chair, a video console game of PacMan between us.
I placed my coffee on the video game tabletop and fingered the
recycling logo on the Styrofoam cup. “What can I do to help?”
“Tell me about your evening. What you were doing on this dinner
cruise?” Lee asked.
I shrugged. “What everyone else was doing, having dinner.”
Lee closed his eyes and shook his head slightly, indicating he didn’t
think my comment was funny.
He placed his notebook on the tabletop. At the moment the game
preview was killing off one of the Pac-Mans and the defeat music
accompanied Lee as he said, “How well did you know Mrs. Helene
“Not well at all. I met her and Margaret last week. They invited me
on this cruise. I was checking out the Roo & You club.”
“The mommy club?”
“What about the spouses?” Lee asked.
“What do you mean?”
He looked at me as though I was incredibly naive. “Did you know
anyone else at your table? Any of the spouses?”
Was he asking if I’d had an affair with any of them?
I looked down at my red cocktail dress. Certainly some cleavage
was showing, but nothing risqué. Why would he suggest anything like
I leveled my stare at him. “Only my own spouse.”
“Did your husband know anyone?”
I shook my head again.
Lee’s expression looked sour. “I don’t get it.”
“Why you would go on a dinner cruise with a group of people you
“Like I said, I met Helene and Margaret, they were funny and
smart and invited me to join this mommy support club.”
He wrote in his pad and said slowly, “Mom-my sup-port.” He
finished writing and looked up. “What’s that mean?”
Another Pac-Man bit the dust and the music played as the token
crumpled into thin air. I was beginning to feel aligned with the little
game piece, running and dodging. And from Lee’s tone I feared that
my end could be the same.
“I wanted to talk to other moms. You know, have a peer group. Be
able to check in with someone and make sure you’re not nuts.”
He made another note. “So you feel like you’re going crazy?”
Was this guy for real?
I reflexively glanced around the room for the woman officer.
Surely, she would understand.
I shut my eyes and shook my head. “That’s not what I meant.”
“I understand that you were away from your table when the acci‐
dent occurred. Can you tell me your whereabouts around ten thirty
“Well, I didn’t look at my watch, but I was in the ladies’ room when
Sara told me the captain wanted us back at our tables.”
Lee nodded. “And prior to that?”
Another Pac-Man warbled to his demise.
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