Owen Russell: Where you were on March 9?
Mary: I was looking for my husband.
Owen: When was the last time you saw him?
Mary: That morning at breakfast. He went to the fields to plant corn, and I haven’t seen him since.
Owen: Did you have a fight?
Mary: No. It was a morning like all the others. I feed him before I woke up the kids.
Owen: So when did you discover he was missing?
Mary: Isaac went out to help him at the barn and said he couldn’t find him. We went out to see where he was, but he wasn’t anywhere to be found.
Owen: Could he have been in the fields?
Mary: No. His horse was still in the stall.
Owen: Maybe he took another horse out?
Mary: Everything was where it belonged.
Owen: Are you saying he never made it to the barn?
Mary: I don’t know if he did or not. The last time I saw him, he left the house. I went upstairs to wake up the children.
Owen: Did he say anything that might explain why someone might kidnap him?
Mary: Well, he was going on and on about the Characters for Better Treatment Union. He was drawing up banners and making flyers. He was worried someone might try to stop him from going through with it.
Owen: He was getting some support, especially from Kayla and the characters from Stephannie Beman’s books.
Mary: *frowns* Yes, I remember her.
Owen: You don’t sound happy.
Mary: Why should I be? She was flirting with him, and she sent him a risqué picture of herself. I didn’t think that was appropriate for a woman to do to a man who’s already married.
Owen: Well, to put things in perspective, Kayla is a tree nymph. She flirts with every man, and she’s been known to send out suggestive pictures to them.
Mary: How do you know this?
Owen: I did background checks on everyone.
Mary: Including me?
Owen: I had to. It’s nothing personal.
Mary: If you say so…
Owen: Do you think Kayla kidnapped him?
Mary: Is she one of the suspects?
Owen: Actually, she is. I plan to interview her next.
Mary: Oh. When you talk to her, tell her to stop sending letters to my husband. I’m tired of getting them.
Owen: Is it possible you kidnapped Dave to keep Kayla away from him?
Mary: *laughs* No. That’s totally absurd.
Owen: The day before he disappeared, you came to this blog and said, “Ruth, I’m keeping an eye on the situation. I hope this thing with Kyala doesn’t become a big deal.” That comment was made the same day Kayla sent Dave that fan letter.
May: You spelled her name wrong. It’s Kyala. Didn’t you notice that when you typed in my statement?
Owen: Fine. I misspelled her name. The correction is duly noted.
Mary: I wonder why no one else realized you misspelled it.
Owen: It doesn’t matter.
Mary: Sure, it does. She’s one of the suspects. I don’t think it’s a good idea for you to get her name wrong.
Owen: Are you saying she kidnapped Dave?
Mary: *scowls* I hope not. I’d hate to think of what she might be doing to him.
Owen: It’s not like you to scowl like that.
Mary: Well, I don’t like her.
Owen: No one expects you to. Before I let you go, was there anything besides the union that was bothering Dave?
Mary: He didn’t like Ruth Ann Nordin’s plans to make him impotent in Forever Yours. He was planning to write a letter to Ruth’s readers demanding she throw out that subplot. He was planning to hack into her email and find their emails and then he was going to hack into her WordPress account so he could make a blog post pleading for them to send a ton of emails to her inbox so she’d have to listen to him.
Owen: Wow. That’s pretty elaborate.
Mary: It really bothers him that he might not be seen as…virile…to the world. I don’t know what he’s worried about. We end up having seven children.
Owen: It’s a man thing. I was almost pegged with the impotency thing, and it sucked. Fortunately, in my case, it turned out to be a case of mistaken identity. But anyway, who is taking care of the crops while Dave’s missing?
Mary: Richard is.
Owen: Who is Richard again?
Mary: Dave’s oldest brother.
Owen: I thought that was Tom.
Mary: So do a lot of people. Richard pops up once in a while, but no one remembers him very well.
Owen: While everyone remembers Dave.
Mary: I think everyone remembers all the other Larsons. It’s just because Richard hasn’t had his book yet, but that will be resolved when Ruth writes it.
Owen: Maybe reading it will help me remember where else he’s shown up in the Nebraska books.
Mary: He showed up at the jail on the day Irving Spencer showed up and you were found out.
Owen: No way.
Mary: Yes, it’s true.
Owen: Let’s see, there was Tom, Joel, Dave, and… Oh, yeah. There was that fourth guy. He was pretty loud and obnoxious.
Mary: If he was so loud and obnoxious, then why don’t you remember him?
Owen: *shrugs* I don’t know. Maybe it’s a survival mechanism.
Mary: A survival mechanism?
Owen: It’s hard to explain.
Mary: *shrugs* Alright.
Owen: I think I have all I need from you. Go on back to your farm and make sure the kids get comfort while their father is away.
Mary: *nods and leaves*
Owen Russell was born and raised in Baton Rogue, Louisiana where he became an expert fisherman. In 1876, he moved to Omaha, Nebraska, and through a series of unanticipated events he became the deputy under Sheriff Meyer. To this day, he is still a deputy, a job he not only loves but is dedicated to doing.
Sidenote: While this character lives in the 1800′s, for the sake of this blog (and the fact that I couldn’t find a picture that served as a good fit for that time period), I picked a picture of him with a laptop.