Eminent Domain 001 by XENOPHONZ ()
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Eminent Domain 001
“Gentlemen, this is where she came just before she disappeared. The police have given up.”
The old man glanced at his two associates. “It’s our job to find her.”
A cool, stiff wind blew across the asphalt.
“No one knows why she came here. This place was closed down 15 years ago. And gentlemen……that semi truck wasn’t parked at this location last week.” The old man grimaced. “The company that owns the truck doesn’t know how it got here – or why.”
The three men stopped. They stood on the abandoned processing plant grounds, looking about.
The old man spoke up again. “According to several witnesses, she was visibly upset when she left her meeting with Mr. Nivene at his office downtown. So far, it appears that she drove straight to this abandoned chemical plant in the middle of nowhere. She hasn’t been seen since. Her car wasn’t discovered parked here until three weeks after she disappeared.”
The mocking wind whipped by hard overhead.
“She had no business being here. Mr. Nivene claims that he doesn’t know why she would have met with him on business, left his office upset…..and then, for no particular reason -- driven way out here.”
The old man’s hard, blue eyes surveyed the emptiness around him. “The police searched the grounds. Thoroughly. I’ve read the reports. They found nothing except for her car.”
Stiff gusts continued to pound the pavement.
The old man clinched his jaw. “I’ve got a gut feeling about this one, gentlemen. Something bad beyond the usual has happened here. There is more to this situation than a simple disappearance. I can’t explain why I feel this way…..but I’ve learned to trust my instincts.”
“Harry – I want you to find out about that semi.”
The old man turned about, and faced the other two men. “Gentlemen, we go in heavy. As both of you know, it takes a lot to make me apprehensive.” The old man’s pale blue eyes reflected the sunlight, looking like liquid steel. “I am feeling tight.”
The old man glanced from side to side. “I can hear them talking to me. Something isn’t right.”