Missing Heiress (Chapter 2, page 1 of 14)


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Snooping and getting away with it was something Teresa learned as a child, and mastered in her teenage years. In a house as big as the Connelly's, what she was looking for could be anywhere. The library was the most probable place, and she spent hours looking for a hidden safe behind the hundreds of books on the shelves. There wasn't one in that room, but she did find a photo album that was covered in white satin. She slipped it into her bedroom and put it under the bed to inspect later.

Convinced there was nothing else to find in the library, she headed to the office. Meticulously, she searched the top drawers of the desk for a safety deposit box key. She found no keys at all, and put everything back exactly as she found it. In the bottom drawer, lay a three-on-a-page business checkbook, and when she opened it, there were only a few checks missing. Whoever had written the checks didn't bother to mark the stubs with a description, but then, the wealthy probably didn't need to keep track of their spending. If she cared, she would have looked for the cancelled checks, but she didn't care.

Teresa set the checkbook on top of the desk, and then stared in disbelief at the only other item in the drawer. On the bottom, lay an object she hadn't expected to find - not even in her wildest dreams. She examined it, smiled, put it and the checkbook back, and closed the drawer.

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