I Killed Him – pt 23

Chapter Twenty Three There were now eight men gathered in a small room at the precinct. John, Frederick, Maxell, Adam, Branson, Nicholas, Detective Boyle and Inspector Mason all were jammed close in the interrogation room. “Who might you be?” Asked Detective Boyle of Nicholas Higgins. “He’s my friend and business partner,” said John. “He knows of all of this, has assisted in the relocation of Frederick’s fiancé, and will be involved in Margaret’s protection on the mill grounds.” Boyle looked at Mason for reassurance and saw an affirmative nod. “I don’t think I’ve ever had a case that proceeded as … Read more

I Killed Him – pt 24

Chapter Twenty Four Grant Hartford was nearing Milton after giving his horse to a young lad along the road, a mile or two from the third station from London. From there, he walked to the nearest station and boarded the train. He had hired a coach to take him from the train station three stops before Milton. He knew his training, and should the Army be now warned about him, he knew how they would think and react. He paid the driver good money to keep his mouth shut should he be asked about him. Grant had the driver drop … Read more

I Killed Him – pt 25

    Chapter Twenty Five “John, I cannot possibly pull that over your head.” “Here. You sit on the edge of the bed. Part your legs a little bit so I can get close enough for you to pull it over my head.” Margaret did as she was told, ensuring her nightdress was pulled down properly. John snuggled between her knees and lifted the bottom of his shirt to give her a start. As he felt it being pulled from his body, he was exhilarated. No one had done that for him before tonight. When the shirt was removed, Margaret … Read more

I Killed Him – pt 26

    Chapter Twenty-Six Frederick watched as Hartford fell in step with the workers entering Marlborough Mills. Hartford pulled his cap down over his eyes and his clean cut hair in the back. A whistle blew somewhere on the property, and hundreds of people exited the sheds, thus blurring Frederick’s view of his quarry. Finally, he knew he had lost him. He would have to stand and wait for the crowd to clear out before finding him again. Frederick inched over towards the house, so he’d know if Hartford tried to enter there. He waited.   Margaret, went to the … Read more

I Killed Him – pt 27

Chapter Twenty Seven John and Frederick talked into the night, finalizing plans. Both agreed the pressure and anxiety were reaching an alarming pace, but nothing would stop them now, except death – for someone. They would have a meeting early the next day with the others; tell them all they knew and set the last plans of participation. Everyone would meet at the office around ten in the morning, including Branson. As the plan seemed laid out, all the men would meet in the morning. Afterwards, Frederick would continue to scout Hartford. At four in the afternoon, everyone would meet … Read more

I Killed Him – pt 28

Chapter Twenty Eight John never returned from his office. Margaret and Branson departed from the stable area and never passed where John could see she was riding on top. “You know where we’re going, right Branson?” “I know exactly where we are going and which cottage. We will park the team at some distance, Miss, so he will not know we’re coming. I will enter first with my pistols in hand. If he goes for a weapon, I will shoot at his toe. I want you to be able to talk to him and give him your doctored whisky. However, … Read more

I Killed Him – pt 29

Last Chapter next week Chapter Twenty Nine Nicholas sat for a while reading the paper. He decided to fix himself a drink, but there was no whisky which was the first time he’d ever known that to be missing from John’s bar. He settled for a scotch as his nerves were shot, too. He walked over to Margaret, wondering if he should find something to cover her. As he looked down, he noticed something coming from her mouth. “Not again,” he said out loud and hurried to a policeman in the yard. “Fetch Dr. Donaldson and be quick about it.” … Read more

I Killed Him – pt 30 Final Chapter

Chapter Thirty Three thirty arrived, and John escorted Margaret down their steps. He lifted her into the carriage. He pitched his top hat on the opposite seat and gently lifted Margaret onto his lap. “You know I’m going to hate it when you don’t have to sit like this anymore.” “I know. I feel the same way.” John reached for her head to kiss her. “I am carrying you into the courthouse. You will exhaust yourself walking that far. “All right. I love being in your arms.” “Margaret, before you go in there, I should tell you something.” “Do you … Read more