Skip Case (David Dean Mysteries) (Chapter VI, page 2 of 9)

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"Is it really important?"

"No. It was just one of those unanswered details I picked up on and figured I'd ask. Your ma told me you had baseball practice and nothing unusual happened."

"Yeah, well...that's the truth, sort of. But there's something else. I don't know if it means anything, but I guessed I'd better say something." He moved around to the far side of the car, as if to get out of earshot of the house. Dean followed him. "There's this guy in my trig class, Bobby Ridner. He said he saw our car at Whitney's Motel. That's out 309, maybe 20 miles from town."

Dean had bicycled the area and recognized the location. "I know where it is."

"Ridner and this girl skipped school and tried to find some­where, you know, to get together. He thought it was a big joke, making all these plans and there in the back of the motel is our car."

"How could he be sure?"

"We have this funny license plate. The first three letters are SXX. Like, 'SEX,' you know? And besides, it's got a caved in front left. Ridner's been in it lots of times."

"And it was March fourth?"

"I'm not sure. I know it was back when baseball practice start­ed. Around that time."

"Did Ridner see your father?"

"No. Their room was on the other side."

"You never asked your father about it?"

"Naw. I guess I should have. It really bugged me. I lied to Bobby-told him dad lent the car to a friend while he took the train into Philly, like he usually does. I thought about it a lot. Now I'll never know. Unless I hear it from the other person."

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