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HumpdayforHelen: The Acme Detective Agency November 12, 2014

Posted by indigobunting in Uncategorized.

When the door to your friend’s business says Acme Detective Agency, even if the bulk of the business will be bookbinding, not detection—or is bookbinding a red herring?—you attend the grand opening dressed in a short skirt and trench coat. After all, you’ve already inquired as to his need for an assistant. You are in fact the fourth woman to ask about this, and he is willing to hire every one of you, noting, of course, his current lack of cash. He jokes about TV and Angels and how you are the only blonde, so you’d get top billing, of course. Funny. You didn’t realize you were blonde—how dark the other women must be. He talks about his cases—so far, people trying to find other people. Maybe he could pay you $30 for a little work. You wonder what you can offer beyond deeper Internet digging, a phone call or two. You dream instead of high-heeled reception, a bottle of whiskey in the file drawer, the heft of the black receiver plucked from the cradle of the insistently ringing rotary telephone: Acme Detective Agency, you say. How can we help you?



1. lynda - November 12, 2014

I have so many questions. But first, I’ll ensure that you’re not the only blonde who applied…

indigobunting - November 12, 2014

And there goes my top billing.

2. Mali - November 12, 2014

Hey Blondie!

This is a post that is truly worthy of HumpDay for Helen. Brava!

3. Helen - November 14, 2014

I LOVE THIS!!! Especially because when I was young I wanted to be blonde, and a detective. Did I divulge those details in some long-ago post, or was this some spectacular sleuthing on your part?

4. indigobunting - November 15, 2014

Helen, I finally had something to say on a Wednesday. I wish I could chalk it up to sleuthing, but it has more to do, I think, with everyone’s desire to see you in a trench coat.

5. Dona - November 30, 2014

I’m reading The Cuckoo’s Calling by J. K. Rowling (under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith) and this post reminds me of the book.

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