Beyond the Divide: Part 9

Mark picked up his phone. It was a private number. He yawned and pressed at the screen to answer the call. “Hello?”

“Mr. Odera? This is Detective Kohli. I’ve been put in charge of your sister’s case.”

Mark rubbed at his eye. “Okay?”

“Is now a good time, Mr. Odera?”

“Yeah, sorry. I fell asleep on the couch. Not getting enough at night I guess.”

“Well, that’s understandable considering the circumstances.”

Mark didn’t respond.

“I won’t take much of your time, Mr. Odera. I wanted to introduce myself, and ask a couple quick questions.”

“Okay.” Mark moved the pillow he had been resting on under his elbow. “You can call me Mark, if you like.”

“This must have come as a shock. Did Liz talk much about what she had going on at work?”

“No, not really. When we do… I mean, when we did talk, it was usually family stuff. I know she was having issues, but what that means I can’t say for sure. She usually kept that sort of thing to herself.”

“Problems, you mean?”


“Did she talk to you about the people she worked with? Her boss maybe?”

“Not that I can remember.”

“Are you aware that Liz sent an email, allegedly, the night of her death?”

Mark paused. “Yes.”

“Did Liz ever mention a Gloria Dworetsky?”

“Is that, the lady that…”


“No, not that I remember.”

“How about Christopher Marston?”


“Is there anything at all you might have talked to her about that you feel might be relevant?”

Mark swallowed. His mouth was dry. “Not at the moment. I… I wish there was.”

“I understand, this isn’t an easy time. If you do think of anything, anything at all, please let me know. This is your cellphone, correct?”


“I will forward my contact info. Feel free to reach out any time, day or night.”

“I will. Thank you.”

“I’m sorry for your loss, Mr. Odera.”

“Thank you. Me too.”

Mark heard a click and the phone fell silent.




Image by Kaleigh Kanary


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