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Rhonwen Ackerley 6Much to my distaste we were travelling on the train."So this Zach kid... old friend - anyone special?" I asked in a desperate bid to get a conversation out of my companion."What do you mean 'special'?" A question. But I asked a question! Oh well."How close were you guys?""We were friends." The girl still looked confused, I decided to drop it. Rhonwen seemed to have a different idea."We were both pretty weird kids, you'll have to understand that. Neither of us had many friends. Our friendship was almost forced upon us. But it endured."I nodded politely, trying to ignore the sweaty commuter in the adjacent seat."People thought we were a couple. I suppose you did too," she continued. I held in my sarcastic "No really?"."There's no denying we were close - but I've never been the sort for relationships. I mean, can you imagine it? I'd be the world's worst girlfriend" She laughed"Oh don't say that!""Mia, that's very nice of you to say but we both know how horrible you find living wi
Rhonwen Ackerley 5"Murder?" I gasped"Well, Zach seems to think so." She said matter of factly"Like, proper 'in the libary with the candlestick' murder?"Rhonwen glowered disaprovingly, "Mia, really, if you are going to liken this case to some ridiculous board game I won't let you come.""Sorry."She turned and reached for her laptop, muttering something about murders and guesswork. She snapped the computer open, causing a pile of biscuits in varying stages of consumption to cascade onto the floor. I sighed. I'd just vacuumed yesterday.The laptop began making the regular clicks and whirs as it started up and we waited patiently. Or I did, at least. At long last the email had loaded and I was able to see the correspondence Rhonwen had recieved from her old friend."Dear Rhonny,I'm not sure how to start this message. Three days ago my great aunt, that is, my stepmother's aunt, was found dead in our guest room. As there was no reason to suspect foul play, it was announced a natural death. Aunt Lauren wa
Rhonwen Ackerley 4I'm sure you will be sorry to hear that I'm not going to disclose my address. Privacy reasons, there are some strange people about. To fill you in I found it surprisingly easy to settle in to my new home. Rhonwen found it easier. If I recall correctly, within two days it looked as if she had been living there for months and had not cleaned once. Dispite the fact that she was, after all, a student, I had expected a certain level of hygiene from the well educated doctor-in-training and was astounded by the accumulation of paraphernalia, medical and otherwise, that made its way onto our living room floor. Once or twice I succeeded in getting my new friend to tidy, though after only a few hours, the mess would return.It was in the first few weeks of this living arrangement that Rhonwen received her first case that I had the pleasure of working with her on. I use most of the words in the previous sentence exceedingly loosely."Hey Mia," she called, "That interview of you