June Bug by Jess Lourey

By Jess Lourey

Mira James by no means imagined lifestyles after university will be a doublewide trailer outdoor conflict Lake, Minnesota. even so, perhaps the North nation has extra to supply than mosquitoes and broasted chook. neighborhood legend claims diamond necklace was once misplaced approximately a century in the past in Whiskey Lake, no longer faraway from the current day Shangri-La inn. Mira, a part-time reporter, is going fishing for the tale in the back of the legend, yet her dives occur greater than lacking jewellery. Buoyed by way of frozen Nut candies and a diminutive circus performer, the exhilarating seek results in a brand new secret to solve, and places her head to head with the surfacing of a menacing foe from her earlier.

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Wouldn’t you like to see a local production of the honorable William S. ” I stepped back as he stepped forward, shoving a piece of paper into my hand. I looked at him, confused. Had any of my English profs ever mentioned Shakespeare’s middle name? I decided they hadn’t and made a mental note to check out whether or not it was really an S. And what was going on? I glanced at the second leaflet of the day to be shoved into my hand. ” Underneath were pictures of the selfsame lion tamer, the Harlequin clown, comedy and tragedy, and various scantily clad Gypsy harlots.

And then the screen door slapped closed and I was left alone with a crusty potato-making pan, a counter full of open condiments, and the feeling that Jason and I would be seeing each other again really soon. I wiped my nose and began cleaning up, not relaxing until I heard the roar of his car starting and could follow his taillights as they departed down the long driveway. My hands were still shaky, and I felt displaced and edgy. I knew one thing that would calm me down for sure, but I didn’t like to give in to the bad habit.

Apparently, they did not have complete faith in the legend of the real diamond or, if they did, had decided it was beyond recovery. But the article made good copy and was a boon for the tourist industry that drives Minnesota summers. Unfortunately, the paper had not seen fit to warn either the local papers or the residents of Battle Lake. Here I was, Mira James, star reporter (well, reporter at least) for the Battle Lake Recall and living on the very shores of Whiskey Lake, and I had to get the scoop from a guy who liked ketchup and Easy Cheese on his rehydrated mashed potatoes.

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