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PostSubject: Keeping Busy (open)   Fri Apr 10, 2015 2:47 am

Since Ali was on vacation, the majority of the bartender duties had fallen on her. Not that she minded; with Erik busy with work, it gave her something to do to fill the time. She could have likely just handed the work off to her other tenders, too, but that was almost like cheating. That's why she was there, unlocking the door to let herself into the empty bar. It was getting close to time to open and she still needed to make sure that she had the till set up and everything else.

She was dressed pretty conservatively, for all that. She even had a messenger bag thrown over one shoulder, across the body, and her hair was pulled back out of her face in a thick braid that hung over her right shoulder. She was humming a song under her breath -- a little sad tune, but she had heard it on the radio on the way here and as a result, even though she was in a great mood, the stupid song was stuck in her head now.

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PostSubject: Re: Keeping Busy (open)   Fri Apr 10, 2015 2:54 am

The two men who approached her from behind weren't particularly stealthy. But then, they weren't trying to be. One was tall, with dark hair cut military short and wore a pair of tan slacks with a dark blue shirt. The other was a little shorter, also with dark hair, but a little longer, wore a pair of black slacks and a lighter blue shirt. The two approached the redhead unlocking the door and spoke to her.

"Miss Griselda McKenzie?"
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PostSubject: Re: Keeping Busy (open)   Fri Apr 10, 2015 2:57 am

She froze, keys in hand. Cautiously, she turned her head first and then the rest of her body toward them, a slight frown crossing her face and wariness marring her pretty features. There were two of them, one of her -- and if it was going to go down, she had to figure out exactly how much was too much for Masquerade. This could end very poorly. So her mind raced to come up with Masquerade-friendly combat options as she answered them with a soft voice.

"Yes... Can I help you?"

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PostSubject: Re: Keeping Busy (open)   Fri Apr 10, 2015 2:59 am

Both men reached down to push their shirts aside to reveal the shiny badges that hung on their belt.

"Good evening, Miss. Could we ask you a few questions, please?"
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PostSubject: Re: Keeping Busy (open)   Fri Apr 10, 2015 3:01 am

She glanced down to see the badges, then relaxed, but only a bit. She still looked confused, but nodded.

"Of course, Officers. Would you like to come inside? I can make coffee."

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PostSubject: Re: Keeping Busy (open)   Fri Apr 10, 2015 3:03 am

"Detective," said the taller one with a half-smile. "Detective Hart. This is my partner Detective Gatlin. Sure, we can go inside."

He gestured for her to lead the way.
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PostSubject: Re: Keeping Busy (open)   Fri Apr 10, 2015 3:06 am

She was painfully aware of their presence behind her as she turned and inserted the key into the lock of the door. Just because they said that they were detectives didn't mean that they actually were. But, inside, if she needed to kill them or anything, at least that was not in the middle of the parking lot and her own security cameras were the only eyes she would need to worry about.

She unlocked the door and held it open for them to enter the bar.

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PostSubject: Re: Keeping Busy (open)   Fri Apr 10, 2015 3:07 am

They headed inside the empty bar when she held the door open for them and just stood inside, looking at her expectantly.
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PostSubject: Re: Keeping Busy (open)   Fri Apr 10, 2015 3:11 am

Once inside, she locked the door behind her. That was for a couple of reasons. One, she didn't want anyone to accidentally walk inside in the event that she might need a major blood cleanup and two, because it wasn't time for the bar doors to open yet. The staff hadn't arrived, so there was no point in having the doors open.

She made her way behind the bar unless they stopped her, starting first to brew coffee for herself and the two men inside.

"Now, what's this about?" she asked with a slight smile.

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PostSubject: Re: Keeping Busy (open)   Fri Apr 10, 2015 3:14 am

The two detectives took a seat across from her and Hart, the tall one, took a piece of paper from his pocket. He held it up for her to see.

"Have you ever seen this gentleman before, Miss McKenzie?"
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PostSubject: Re: Keeping Busy (open)   Fri Apr 10, 2015 3:19 am

She took her time to look at the picture, then nodded.

"I have. His name is Ray, I think? He's one of our regulars."

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PostSubject: Re: Keeping Busy (open)   Fri Apr 10, 2015 3:24 am

They nodded, leaning slightly closer to her.

"And when was the last time you saw him?"
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PostSubject: Re: Keeping Busy (open)   Fri Apr 10, 2015 3:27 am

She thought about that.

"Tuesday," she said with a nod, pouring three cups of coffee -- one for herself and one for each of the detectives. Placing creamer and sugar (and sugar substitute) choices on the counter for them, she blew on the hot liquid until she could sip it carefully without burning her mouth. "Some friends and I put on a dance performance here and he attended."

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PostSubject: Re: Keeping Busy (open)   Fri Apr 10, 2015 3:30 am

Hart added cream and sugar while Gatlin only bothered to add cream to his coffee. Both of them took a sip of coffee. Unfortunately, they were both feeling the strain of being around such a pretty lady in an empty bar, even if they were on duty.

"Do you remember how he seemed that night? Nervous or anything?"
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PostSubject: Re: Keeping Busy (open)   Fri Apr 10, 2015 3:37 am

She shook her head.

"No, not that I can recall. I was busy; I didn't really talk to him all that much. I delivered a few drinks and answered him when he asked me why I didn't tell his friend Erik that I was dating someone. That's really it."

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PostSubject: Re: Keeping Busy (open)   Fri Apr 10, 2015 3:58 am

They watched her, then nodded.

"All right. Do you have security cameras in here?"
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PostSubject: Re: Keeping Busy (open)   Fri Apr 10, 2015 3:59 am

She nodded.

"Yes, I do."

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PostSubject: Re: Keeping Busy (open)   Fri Apr 10, 2015 4:00 am

They nodded.

"We're going to need those taps, Miss McKenzie. And for you to tell us your whereabouts on Saturday."
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PostSubject: Re: Keeping Busy (open)   Fri Apr 10, 2015 4:01 am

Now her brows rose as she leaned back against the counter behind the bar, sipping at her coffee.

"I can get you those tapes, no problem. And I wasn't here on Saturday. I had a date. So I was on a boat, in the middle of the Atlantic, sharing a nice meal and a very good time with a gentleman on Saturday."

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PostSubject: Re: Keeping Busy (open)   Fri Apr 10, 2015 4:28 am

They nodded.

"We'll need to know who you were with. Unfortunately, Miss McKenzie, your establishment here seems to be the last place that Mister Clawson was seen alive."
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PostSubject: Re: Keeping Busy (open)   Fri Apr 10, 2015 12:41 pm

Her brow rose.

"Well, that's disturbing. Very well. The gentleman I was with is named Erik. Also, he is one who comes along with Mister Clawson here regularly. The two seemed very much night and day, so when I asked about his friendship with Ray, he explained that the four of them -- Erik, Dan, Ray and Matieu -- worked together."

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PostSubject: Re: Keeping Busy (open)   Fri Apr 10, 2015 12:44 pm

The tall one, Hart, flashed her a sudden smile. It was sweet, really.

"We apologize, Miss McKenzie. But this is routine, of course. So I personally apologize if it seems like we are being rude."
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PostSubject: Re: Keeping Busy (open)   Fri Apr 10, 2015 12:55 pm

She grinned and sipped her coffee.

"Oh, it's no trouble. I understand. Would one of you like to accompany me to the security room upstairs so that I can get you the tapes from Saturday?"

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PostSubject: Re: Keeping Busy (open)   Fri Apr 10, 2015 7:49 pm

Both men jumped to their feet, then looked slightly sheepish.

"We both will, if that's no trouble, Miss McKenzie?"
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PostSubject: Re: Keeping Busy (open)   Fri Apr 10, 2015 7:50 pm

She laughed softly and sat down her cup of coffee.

"No trouble at all. If you'll follow me?"

She stepped around the bar and headed for the stairs to go upward and to the security room.

"I'm not sure how much help they will be. I'm sure my head of security -- Sean Black -- would have let me know if anything seemed out of place."

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