Authors: Athena Dorsey
Murder on Board the Macedoni
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Murder on Board the Macedonia
The Macedonia is a cruise liner that is for the elite and the rich, with its beautiful white and blue colour towering over the Ocean, balcony rooms with a view to kill for and overpriced restaurants with three pubs, a dining hall, casino and an entertainment line up that will keep you occupied all day and night.
Maude Cummings and her husband David often frequent the ship and have been across the ocean a few too many times.
“I love being out at sea away from the manor and all of my guests.” Maude said with such honesty as she climbed aboard the Macedonia for the 100th time.
Jenny and Craig Pennington two of the richest people in the country also frequent the Macedonia but Craig has never been a fan of the open sea and he often gets seasick.
“I would rather be at home sunbathing in the privacy of my own luxurious pool where I have no disturbances at all but the Mrs always drags me along and I just go with the flow.” Craig said as he handed the porter their luggage. “The ship is amazing, Doris. Thank you for inviting me because I would never be able to go on these cruises so often on my own.” Monica says to Doris with a genuine smile and gratitude. “Well my dear, you know how much I love your company.
“ Doris says, reciprocating with a warm smile.
“My customers will love the new cloths that I intend to bring back and I cannot wait to find the wooden bowl that we discovered last time.” Doris said to Monica as they walked onto the exotic ship and into the meeting area.
The Flingels were also on board which created an awkward atmosphere as they were not on speaking terms with the Cummings due to a conflict in business interests as they both compete for guests in their boutique hotels. “Kyle, look the Cummings are here for their weekly escape with our money.” Pat said as she gave the couple a big dirty glare. “Never mind dear, they will get what they deserve.” Kyle bragged loudly leaning towards his wife.
“Monica, let us get settled into our rooms so that we can go an enjoy a cocktail at the pool bar, I just have to go and pay a visit to my dear old friend, Christine as this is her first visit on board the ship after Leonards passing.” Doris said to Monica as she took off her coat and gestured the porter along.
“Yes, that sounds like a good idea Doris but I think I am going to relax a little in the cabin before our cocktail and give you a chance to catch up with Christine.” Monica uttered as she followed the porter down the passage.
The passage has such magnificent views of the ocean and we haven’t even left the harbour yet, I cannot imagine how beautiful it will be once we are out at sea. Hope I don’t get sea sick.” Monica thought to herself whilst looking through the round port windows as she walked excitedly along the bold blue carpet towards her cabin.
The cabin was incredibly large as Doris received extra special treatment because of her friendship with the captain. The room had two double beds with a comfortable bathroom and a balcony that looked onto the ocean and the deck of the ship. “What an amazing room and how lucky we are to be here today. I cannot wait to explore the entire ship.” Monica thought out loud with enthusiasm as she rapidly unpacked her things, placing them into the wardrobe that was fitted with white wooden shutters to complete the Mediterranean feel of the ship.
Later on Monica met up with Doris at the pool bar where they enjoyed a delightful and brightly coloured cocktail that was so exotic it was an excuse to have another. “These cocktails are absolutely fantastic and I could get used to this Doris.” Monica said as she raised her glass to cheer before taking another sip.
“I don’t want to go to the dinner tonight could we not just have dinner sent to the cabin?” Maude whispered as she looked around with such unease whilst David shook hands and networked with his peers. “Maude, we need to network and this is the reason why we do these trips because it brings in a lot of business, so buckle up and smile because we are going to the dinner tonight and until then, just pretend to enjoy yourself.” David said abruptly as he ushered Maude along to greet some people.
The dinner was an incredible spread with such variety and colourful tables spread across the entire restaurant floor. “I am going to enjoy this dinner and I love the theme tonight, French food how interesting.” Monica said out loud to Doris as they walked along inspecting the food, dressed in their best clothing filled with sparkle and ready to party.
“I am most definitely looking forward to the dancing part of the evening it is festive and I must warn you that it goes on all night long as you forget the time on board this girl.” Doris said to Monica whilst picking at items to put onto her plate. Once the restaurant was full and the lights dimmed, the sound of a commotion erupted at the bar. “I told you to stay out of my way and I meant it. How dare you come and invade my space with words that have no meaning, leave me alone!” Kyle Flingel shouted out to Dave Cummings.
“Let’s not make a scene darling it is not worth it, come and sit down.” Pat said as she pulled her husband away in a hurry.
The scene was incredibly loud and it made everyone feel a little uncomfortable for a while but once the band began to play everyone forgot the commotion and danced the night away.
“What a beautiful day and the ocean goes on for miles, shall we go for a swim Doris.” Monica suggested as she sipped her morning coffee.
“If you don’t mind I will leave the swimming to you and I think I will retire on a deck chair with my book for a while.” Doris said as she looked into the ocean.
“Did you hear the argument between Kyle Flingel and David Cummings?” Craig whispered to his wife whilst David walked past with his head held high meeting and greeting once again.
“Yes, you would think that the rivalry would have ended by now, it has dragged on for so long. You would think that they would plan their trips separately to avoid the altercations.” Jenny said cheerfully as she plastered the sun tan lotion onto her pale white body.
The day went by and everyone spent the afternoon in the sun doing activities that were provided by the ship’s crew but the excitement for the Captains dinner was overwhelming and many of the guests left early in order to get ready for the dinner dance that was the highlight of the cruise.
“I think you look absolutely beautiful my dear, that dress is incredible.” Doris said to Monica who was usually dressed in jeans and a shirt.
“Thank you Doris and you look beautiful too, I love that handbag and that dress is breathtaking.” Monica noted as she took her friends hand and ushered them towards the door.
“Shall we?” Monica said as she opened the door and led them both out into the passage.
“The room looks amazing
Under the Sea’, what a great theme for the final event.” Jenny said to Craig as she lifted her head and looked at every little spot in the room. “The spread of food is what I am looking forward to with the all you can eat lobster, can’t wait!” Craig shouted out with great enthusiasm.
“Yes, luckily you are not seas sick this time around my darling.” Jenny laughed.
The Captain arrived and the festival began with everyone present and looking absolutely amazing. Gold and sparkle was the theme for outfits and the bolder the crystal the better it seemed. Monica feeling uncomfortable in her skin tight ball gown escaped the room for a breath of fresh air and a cigarette.
“That feels good!”
Monica said as she breathed out the smoke in a sigh of relief. “Help! Help!” Pat screamed as she ran frantically towards the staircase leading up to the Captains ball. “Monica suddenly stomped her cigarette and ran towards the scream to investigate. “What happened are you alright?” Monica shouted as she moved towards Pat who was crying in a wretched panic. “My husband, my husband! His wallet is floating on the water. He came out to speak to Mr Cummings and never returned, so I came out to look for him and all I found was his wallet and Cummings said that he hasn’t seen him.”
Pat yelped as she tried to get the words out.
“Don’t panic, let’s alert the security and they will find him, I am sure that he is fine. Just wait here and I will get them to come and find him.” Monica said in a calm voice as she began to walk rapidly into the security area.
The security sent out a search team and everyone on the ship was now aware of the event and the thought of Kyle Flingel lost at sea became a reality. “When did you last speak to Mr Flingel, Mr Cummings?” The security manager asked as he wrote down the information. “I went out onto the deck because he called me to speak to me and the conversation did not last long as I will not entertain his anger, so I walked away in mid conversation to rejoin my friends at the ball.” David Cummings said with confidence as he shuttled around as if he was being inconvenienced. Monica listened to the conversation and spoke to the security after interviewing all the guests. “I am not completely convinced that Mr Cummings has had anything to do with this and I have a strange feeling that Mrs Flingel knows more than she is letting on.” Monica said suggestively as she looked around to see if Pat Flingel was around.
“That lifeboat is missing I am sure of it, it was there I counted it and did the check when we boarded.” A member of the crew said to one of the other security officers on board.
“I wonder if perhaps there is more to the story than this. I don’t think that Mr Flingel was murdered, well not intentionally. I think he has disappeared to make it look like he was murdered, but why?” Monica questioned the scenario as she walked over to Pat.
“Once we dock on the island it will be easier to send out a search party and the police will interview everyone again. Is there anything or any reason why you might think that he has been murdered?” Monica asked Pat in wonder.
“Well the only thing that I can think of is David Cummings and his arrogance and anger towards my husband. There would be no other person that could have done this; I can feel that he is gone. My husband is gone!” Pat cried as she put her head into her hands.
“I saw him get thrown overboard, it was David Cummings!” Pat screamed as the security put handcuffs on Mr Cummings who fearfully shouted, “It was not me, I had nothing to do with it.”
Once the ship docked Monica excused herself from Doris in order to keep an eye on Pat Flingel as she suspected something was not right and that she would lead her to answers about her husband. “Taxi! Taxi! Pat shouted as she ran towards a taxi to take her to the centre of the island. “Follow that taxi” Monica said instructing the driver to keep a safe distance. She followed Pat to a rustic looking village apartment. “Thank you keep the change.” Pat said throwing the money into the cab as she moved swiftly towards the entrance. “What do we have here?” Monica said as she walked slowly through to a room where Pat was standing talking to a strange man. “He is safe, all you need to so now is pay for the documents and you can begin a new life with lots of money.” A strange dark haired man said as he handed Pat an envelope. “Oh yes, they were in financial trouble and this was a planned death, well a fake anyway, just to get the insurance money....and it settles their score with the Cummings as David has been arrested for murder.” Monica thought to herself as she moved over to the reception to call the police. “I knew it, Kyle is not dead, and he is just in hiding. Now to find out where?” Monica said in question as she called the police.
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