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Vickie's Vintage: Part 3 at the Bijou

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Part 3
Vickie's Vintage has suffered a slew of strange happenings, peculiar sounds, power and electrical issues. Russel Pittman, the BMR Ltd. contractor, inspects the building to address all the complaints.

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Lara: Vickie said the power was out for almost 2 days? Well Russ, what do you see?

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Russell: Well, this wiring seems secure and checks out. Did they find anything on the security tapes that showed what the problem might be?

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Lara: Just some hazy interference of some sort late at night. Nothing clear or concrete, then black when the power was out.

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Russell: Well, the security system is motion and sound sensitive, so something should have shown if it was a night critter.

Lara: Night critter? Can you be specific?

Russell: Well, raccoons, squirrels, mice, rats...even bats will set off a sensor and not really show up on tape.

Lara: Yech, bats....ugh!

Russ: (laughing) Let's check downstairs.

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Russell: The Wifi system -checks out-so do the register connections. No humming here?

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Lara: There's another camera over there, hidden in the ceiling molding.

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Russell: I don't see or hear anything unusual. This wall backs up to a storage room, right?

Lara: Yes, and the loading dock. You can check there before going downstairs.

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Russell: I didn't know Vickie's had guys' stuff...I like those bowling shoes! Do you bowl?

Lara: Not in a long time...

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...the downstairs was over half guys' stuff this summer, now it's going to be just for Halloween.

Russell: Okay on to the backroom. 

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Lara: Carly said there was noises coming from this wall? Which I don't understand, because it's just the wall to the downstairs stairwell.

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(Russel turns quickly and knocks Lara off her feet, .....

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...And catches her!)

Lara: Ooohh! Thanks for catching me, Russ. I wouldn't want to crash into all the boxes behind me. 

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Lara: (straightening her skirt) Thanks, uh, Russ...um...I have another appointment now. Vickie said El is downstairs and can fill you in on the strange stuff that has been happening down there. I left Vanny to help if necessary. See you, hum, er...soon.

Russ: No problem, I'll call or text  you with a list if I can figure out what's wrong.

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(Downstairs---the Halloween Shop is several days behind).

EL: Oh, it's you, the fixit guy. Hi,---I'm EL.  Do I have a list for you. And, we lost complete power down here for two days, for NO reason.

Russell: Well, shoot that is what I'm here for, EL.  So what else is up? (Looking around at the almost bare room).

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EL: The worst is I swear I hear saxophone music when the sound system is off. Kinda a low wailing type and sometimes really fast it sounds like bugs on a screen,  but so soft you can hardly hear it.

Russell: Jazz or Blues bugs? (chuckle) My Grandpa said this building use to be a Speakeasy called the Bijou in the 20's.

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EL: I'm not kidding, really, mostly at the register area over there. The sounds system buzzes sometimes and some sort of musical humming, too when it's off. I then  turn it on and up the sound system to drown it out.

Russ: Okay, let me check everything out.

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Vanessa: Lara said to take notes...do you really want me to write down saxophone music? 

EL: Yes...it's unnerving. I'm down here a lot on my own and it's been getting really WEIRDER every day.!

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Please help me get this Mermaid up here...you know it's spooky enough down here getting ready for Halloween without having strange noises 24/7.

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Vanny (A mermaid, is that what this is? What I do for my job...yikes!) Is this high enough?

EL: Just a little higher!

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Meanwhile...(Russell checks out all the electrical connections at the service desk.)

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Russell: Maybe this is a culprit, a loose metal panel that hums from the computer fan? I'll just fix this and see if it helps. (shaking his head)

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Russell: I can't find anything else here, I'm going to check the freight elevator and the furnace room. These old buildings have lots of sounds to them. Pipes, heat runs, air vents...I'll be back.

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Later----

Russell: Well, ladies, I bled the water system, cleaned the filters on the furnace, adjusted the fan settings and fixed a loose wire on the elevator. Really nothing that you could be responsible for your 'symptoms of saxophone sounds', but let me know if any weird stuff continues. I left my card on the desk.

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Vanessa: Thanks, Mr. Pittman, I will let Lara know what you did. Bye now and thanks. 

EL: Vanny, thanks for your help---can you wait a minute while I turn the lights off. I'm not staying down here alone? It's too creepy.

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Outside in a few minutes---Lara: Ah...errr, Mr. Pittman?

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Lara: Mr. Pittman...(louder) Russ...?

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Russ: Miss Roberts...sorry, I thought we were on a first name basis by now, Lara.

Lara: (Blushing) Yes, we are, well sometimes we are. (whispering) I'm trying to keep it totally professional with my intern, right here.

Russ: Sure, anything you say Miss Roberts. I'll have my report ready for you in say two hours. (whispering) Maybe we could meet for dinner. 

Lara: Shhhh....just text me. (She turns and dashes off.)

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Lara: (Darn him....he's watching me walk away....I can feel it--blushing...)

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Trish: Well, did you see what I just saw?

Vanessa: She's my boss, I can't talk about...ahhh-hmmm....(giggle)....seeing that!

    Stay tuned for Part 4 At the Bijou                 and more Halloween at          
                       Vickie's Vintage.                

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5 comments:

  1. Ah, that line between work and... play:@) Cute story so far!

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    1. LOL, and deadly (act 2) where you simply are setting the stage...vamp...vamp...vamp...

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  2. Who's Russ? I think that look would fit in quite nicely over at Donowutt County.

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  3. That was NOT an anonymous post!

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    1. LOL, I know if you forget to log in or not use google you are incognito...LOl.

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