I can give myself a big pat on the back. Met my daily word goal again. I added 1,757 to my novel. So here’s the big tally:
Day 2 goal: 3,616
Day 2 total: 3,707
I noticed people on the NaNo forums with totals way greater than mine. A few are already at the halfway mark. That makes me kinda sad when I look at my pathetic tally, but hey, I’m sticking to my goals and writing daily. That’s a big plus in my book. Now here’s a little exerpt from today’s writing.
Mitch handed one of the plastic baggies to Garrett. Garrett held the baggie up towards the light to get a better look. It was dull but still had a bit of a shine in the light from inside the bag. “A necklace?” Garrett examined it a moment longer then handed it to his deputy.
“Yes. A heart on a chain. If you look real close you can make out initials.”
Deputy Brandon Corboy held the baggie with both hands, pressing the plastic down so as to get a better look at the tiny heart inside. Brandon squinted. “M … J …”
Garrett held a hand out. Brandon handed the baggie back to him. After a long look Garrett’s eyes slid upwards.His brow creased. “Mary Jane?”
Mitch shrugged. “That is the only missing person case on record.”
“When will we be sure?”
“I put a rush on the DNA but it’ll still take a couple of days. The teeth were intact so I made impressions. I called over to Doc Benson’s to get a copy of her medical records. If they’re a match we’ll have the ID by the end of the day.”
Brandon let out a gush of air. “Man, I can’t believe this. Twenty-two years and she’s been here this whole time?”
Garrett put up a steadying hand. “Let’s not jump the gun just yet.”
“But Garrett …”
Garrett eyed both men in succession. “Look, I’m as shocked as you two. But before we do or say anything to anybody we’ve got to be sure.”
“What about her parents?” Mitch questioned. “This will be hard enough on them as it is. You sure don’t want them hearing about it through the town grapevine.”
“No,” Garrett agreed, “they’re going to hear it first for sure.” Garrett looked at the baggie in his hand. “Mind if I borrow this for an hour or so,” he asked Mitch.
Mitch shook his head. “No, go ahead.”
Garrett motioned to Brandon. “We’ll show the parents what we found. They’ll know better than anybody if it belonged to their daughter.”