Missing Heiress (Chapter 2, page 2 of 14)


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The next best place to find a safe was in Mathew Connelly's bedroom. His was the master bedroom and it appeared that Laura left the marriage bed and not Mathew. Teresa found it a bit odd, considering what Laura said, but it too was not worth caring about.

Teresa glanced at the nightstand, checked the time on Mathew's digital clock, decided the hour was still early, and looked around. On his dresser was a masculine jewelry box that contained only one pair of gold cufflinks. She shrugged, closed the lid, and began to examine the pictures on the walls.

Her search was unsuccessful until she came to the painting of a nude woman. When she tried to look behind it, she discovered small hinges that allowed the painting to swing open like a door. There it was, finally. The wall safe looked as old as the rest of the furnishings. It had a combination lock, and she was about to try her luck when she heard a car pull up outside. She put the picture back in place, went to the window and moved the curtain just enough to look down. The Connelly's sleek black limousine was parked in the circle drive. The driver had the back door open and Laura was just getting out.

"That was fast," Teresa muttered, as she hurried out of the room and headed downstairs.

The second Laura walked in the door; she went to the liquor cabinet, uncorked the decanter and poured herself a straight shot of vodka. She drank that one and poured another.

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