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Tiki Moon #351

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Not exactly the climax I was hoping for, but I obliged her. We went to the same diner in Pacific Palisades I had eaten at the night I witnessed Morty and Nick paying off Stan North.

Then Scarlett said, "Take me home, baby."

I headed for her apartment, but with a detour to the Sunset Strip. I pulled up outside of Novelties Unlimited and went in, coming out a few minutes later with a box.

"What is this?" she asked.

"Open it."

She opened the lid.

"A French maid's outfit!" she said laughing.

I smiled and drove away.

THE END

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    Christopher 5 months ago

    Well, there it is. What was supposed to be a short story turned into the longest Jake Randolph tale I've ever done. I guess everyone remembers the part about the French maid's outfit. This was a completely different ending than what I had planned and I added that in at the end.

    Thanks for reading. And like James Bond...

    Jake Randolph will return...

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    Neville Hunt 5 months ago

    Thanks very much Christopher. This has been another great sidecar ride with Jake. Glad he survived, but I always suspected he would, for some reason I can’t put my finger on. Great storyline, great storytelling with not a little humour. I am now bereft. What will I do at breakfast now. Let’s hope you find something soon to put on my plate! Great stuff! πŸ™‚πŸ™‚πŸ™‚πŸ‘

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    Neville Hunt 5 months ago

    Over 35,000 words. Together with the other Jake tales that must be well over 100,000... enough for a book. Why not?

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    Drew Martyn 5 months ago

    Neville's right, Christopher. They seem to do Novellas in threes these days, and I reckon this could be a killer (no pun intended).
    A brilliant story, thrilling and funny all the way through, I enjoyed every one of the drabbles. Well done Christopher :)

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    Drew Martyn 5 months ago

    I've just re-read the first 80 or so in this series - all I can say is Move over Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler. Ok, Chandler can stay, but the rest can just leave...
    Can't wait for the Return of Jake!

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    Drew Martyn 5 months ago

    Also, I've just accidently three or four of your notifications (itchy trigger finger, obviously, from reading too much Jake!) so if I don't reply to anything specific, I'm not ignoring you lol.

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    Christopher 5 months ago

    Thanks, guys. I appreciate the support. I really enjoy writing these. It's a lot of fun and challenging to write a period piece.

    I'm trying to decide if I should go back to the goth thing I was working on it just plow right into the next Randolph tale.

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    Christopher 5 months ago

    Or just plow, I meant.

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    Christopher 5 months ago

    I have the next Jake story idea in my head. I've never written a story about the time he gave up being a private detective in the mid-fifties, after he came into all that money at the end of the first story. The Beatnik story was the thing that got him back in the detective game but I've never focused solely on that period when he wasn't a detective. So that's what the next one will be. He's going to be hired as a consultant for the movie production of "Derek Slade, Private Eye," and all sorts of problems plague the production, so that should be fun.

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    Neville Hunt 5 months ago

    Yes, that should definitely be a lot of fun. Go for it Christopher! πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ

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    Drew Martyn 5 months ago

    omg decisions decisions. If it was me, I'd go for the goth first (plus, I'd really like to read that, but that's not a factor in my decision, honest guv) then go back to Jake. I think the link with Derek Slade could give you loads of parallels and opportunities... but on the other hand the story will probably take you off to wherever it wants to go anyway. So what do I know haha!

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    Christopher 5 months ago

    True. They always do take over. I've got to go out of town tomorrow so Saturday I'll see which one I want to start on. I think I might do the goth one, that way it'll give me time to think about the next Jake story. And I've got to research about movie production too so that would give me time to do that.

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    Drew Martyn 5 months ago

    Sounds like a plan :)

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