Joanie

A short vignette featuring characters from, Where Fools Dare to Tread, A Monk Buttman Mystery.

Monk Buttman, Hard-Boiled Private Dick

Joanie is a neighbor of Monk’s and a one time flame for whom he continues to carry a torch.Theirs, oddly enough,is a codependent relationship.

“Are you coming or not?” Joanie was
standing over me.

“You’re singing, right?”

“I told you that already! What’s up with
you, Buttman?”

She was well aware of what was up with
me.

“I want to make sure there’s something to
entertain me other than you making googly eyes over this new guy,” I
harrumphed.

“Oh brother, and his name is Mikal. I
expect you to behave, Monk.”

I rolled my eyes, “Who do you think you
are, Ardis?”

“Consider it a move out of Ardis’ playbook. Are you going to behave?”

I thought about it.

“Well?” she demanded.

“I always behave.” I didn’t care for the
direction this conversation was taking. “You’re the one who wants me to make
sure about the guy, remember?”

Joanie…

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