Good afternoon. It is I Gigi the parti poodle here to introduce my blog. I had a glorious week off and spent it lounging around the house watching the occasional art film. What could be better. I am back this week penning again and enjoying the prequel to summer. There are many things I look forward to in this glorious weather: walks, sunbathing, reading and of course viciously attacking the resident Maltese. I must say I would very much like to go to summer school and take courses in astronomy and logic as the two areas have always piqued my interest. For now, I shall put my efforts into my story and keep you entertained. I wish you a wonderful Father’s Day and offer up another helping of my scrumptious tale. Bon Appetit!
What I Found in the Trunk
Gigi the parti poodle
“Yes, I remember you,” Rune said looking up at Gary who seemed taller than she remembered.
“Well, your boyfriend and his comrades wanted to take me for a little ride when I tried to return your strongbox,” Gary said.
“Because, Rune, you took something from him he didn’t want taken. And now he thinks I’m involved. But you know I’m not involved. And I know I’m not involved. But crazy Durwin thinks I’m involved.”
“His name isn’t Durwin.”
“Wonderful! Even better!”
“His name is David.”
“Wow. Is Durwin his alter ego?”
“It’s his twin brother’s name.”
“What does his twin brother have to say about that?”
“I don’t know. He goes to WSU.”
“Well, that sounds like a good way to stick your twin brother with a crime…or several.”
“What did you take from him, Rune?”
“I don’t have to tell you that.”
“Well, as a matter of fact you do. Because I’m not getting beaten up and left for dead in the woods somewhere because Durwin, David or whatever his name is thinks I stole something from him that was actually stolen by you.”
“Yeah? Well, what do you think he’s going to do to me?”
“I have no idea and frankly it’s none of my business. Now, what did you take?”
“It’s safe and sound.”
“How do I know that?”
“You’ll have to take my word.”
“Your word is garbage.”
“I’m not going to hand it over to you if that’s what you think.”
“See, that’s where you’re wrong.” Gary motioned for Rusty and Bennet to come over.
“Dude,” Bennet said to Rusty over at their table by the window. “Do you think he wants us to go over there?”
“Looks like it,” Rusty said. “Yep, he sure does. He’s signaling us again.”
“Do you think we should just grab her and stuff her in the trunk of the Buick?”
“Not with all these people around. Let’s just head over and feel out the situation.”
The two guys got up and headed over to Rune’s table and stood beside Gary.
“You see,” Gary said to Rune, “I brought back up.”
Rune looked up at Gary’s two would-be mauls. “They look like clowns,” she said.
This comment did not set well with Rusty. “You’d better watch it,” he told her. “I happen to like clowns.”
“Well,” she said sitting back in her chair and folding her arms. “Firstly, I don’t have what David’s looking for on me.”
“David?” Bennet said. “I thought his name was Durwin.”
“Durwin is David’s twin,” Gary explained. “I’ll fill you in on the details later. In the meantime, I want Rune here to tell us what it is Davy boy is looking for and where she hid it. Because if she doesn’t, we’re going to have to go on to Plan B!”
“Is that what we talked about earlier that you didn’t want to do?”
Gary scowled at Bennet and nodded his head.
“When you say twin,” Rusty asked Rune, “do you mean identical or fraternal?”
“Identical,” Rune replied
“Get up out of that chair,” Gary told her. “We’re all leaving here together.”
“I’m not going anywhere with you.”
Gary looked at Bennet and Rusty. “Plan B,” he said.
Rune shot up out of her chair and ran for the door.
The three guys took off after her and raced out of the café.
“There she is!” Rusty said pointing right. Rune was dodging around a group of elderly ladies who were window shopping for nutcrackers.
The boys rushed towards her shoving tourists out of the way as they ran up the sidewalk. Rune turned right and rounded the corner. An elderly man with a couple of Dachshunds was heading straight towards them. Bennet tripped on the leashes and hit the pavement. Rusty sidestepped the kafuffle and turned down the side street. He saw Rune rush down the sidewalk and turn right again. He picked up speed and headed after her.
Gary ran up to Bennet and the elderly man on Front Street. “I’m sorry,” he told him. “We had an argument with our…friend and she…”
“The car!” Bennet screamed. “Go!”
Gary whipped around, stumbled, and ran towards the Buick bumping into people and nearly tripping over a cat on a leash. His heart pounding and his hands shaking he fumbled for the key, unlocked the car, and jumped inside. He pulled out into traffic and clenched his teeth wanting to drive faster but the tourist traffic slowed him down. He watched Bennet run around the corner Rune had turned on. He veered left and drove two blocks not seeing her anywhere. Then he looked in his rearview mirror and saw Rusty running full speed.
Cranking the wheel and making a U-turn Gary sped up the street towards his nightwatchman. Still no Rune. He looked left then right then left again…then he saw her dash into the parking lot of the Obertal Inn. He cranked the wheel again, drove into the parking lot, threw on the break and with the car still running he burst out of the driver’s side and sprinted around the front of the car.
Rune saw him coming, turned towards the hotel entrance, and rushed towards the lobby door with Gary in hot pursuit. He lunged towards her but missed and her hand flailing for the handle when Rusty tackled her from the side.
Gary rushed up and slapped his hand over her mouth as they hauled her over to the car. Gary popped the trunk with his key fob and with her struggling and kicking shoved her into the trunk and shut the lid. Gary hopped into the driver’s side and Rusty threw open the passenger door. Gary whipped the car around, hung right and they drove up the street where they found Bennet bent over, huffing and puffing trying to catch his breath.
“We’ve got her!” Rusty told him after rolling down the window.
“Awesome!” Bennet said.
Bennet grabbed the handle of the rear door of the passenger’s side, hopped in and they took off.
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STREAM OF THE WEEK: MEMORIES OF MURDER (2003)-Hulu
Firstly, allow me to say this is not a must-see film. This film is required viewing. The opening frame of the movie is a young boy in a field staring at something. Suddenly, he reaches out and with his thumb and forefinger snatches a bug, likely a cricket, studies it and places it in his jar with many other crickets. He screws the lid on and holds the jar behind his back out of view to the detective and everyone else at the site of a horrific crime scene which will become a manhunt for one of the most notorious murderers in Korean history. Is this not a masterclass way to introduce a movie about a serial killer? Bong Joon-ho who directed and co-wrote the script with Shim Sung-bo is best know for his Oscar winning film Parasite. But from where I sit Memories of Murder is his magnum opus.
Combining humor and the slow burn of tragedy the movie tells the true story of Korea’s first known serial killer. Starting in October of 1986 in a small Korean town the bodies of two young women are found, each one with similar modus operandi. They have been hog tied, raped, had their panties placed over their heads and were strangled with an article of their own clothing. Likable local detective Park Doo-man (Song-kang ho) with no background in serial killers and little forensic technology finds himself dealing with botched crime scenes and damaged evidence. He and his hotheaded partner Detective Cho Yong-Koo suspect a mentally challenged young man named Baek Gwang-ho (No-shik Park) who was known to follow around the first woman they found dead. He was seen doing so on the night she died, and they suspect he is the killer. Enter Detective Seo Tae-yoon (Kim Sang-kyung), from Seoul, a university educated man who sees things differently. When Park and Cho and their Sergeant Koo He-bong (Byun Hee-bong) think they have their man in Baek, they announce to the press the case is solved. But when they are quickly proved wrong Sergent Shin Dong-chul (Jae-ho Song) is brought to head the case and work with the three detectives to solve the crimes. But like an onion which falls apart layer by layer they find the killer is much savvier than they bargained for.
Ironically in 2019 when Parasite hit the theatres new information came out about the case. You can read about it HERE after you’ve seen the film.