Soap Opera "As The Mouse Moves" - Wednesday January 26th 2005
Skeeter heard the knock on his front door and quickly put his beer can on the coffee table. He walked to the front door and opened it to see two men standing in the doorway holding police badges.
"Are you Skeeter Diamond?" one of the men asked.
"Yeah, what's the problem?" Skeeter asked.
"NYPD, we'd like to ask you a few questions. Is your roommate Vinny home?"
"Yeah, he's in his bedroom," Skeeter said.
"Could you ask him to come out and talk with us too?"
"Yeah," Skeeter said waving the men inside then closing the front door. "What's this all about?"
"Your neighbor Tiffany Diamond and her missing roommate Deanna," one of the detectives said as the two men took a seat on Skeeter's sofa.
"Oh... okay," Skeeter said. "I'll get Vinny for you," he said as he walked down the hall and tapped on his Mafia roommate Vinny's bedroom door before opening it.
"What's up man?" Vinny asked as he quickly put a stack of money in his drawer.
"There are two detectives here to talk to us about Deanna," Skeeter said in a low voice as he raised his eyebrows and nodded his head towards the living room.
"Great, just great. Tiffany called the cops," Vinny muttered as he walked towards the bedroom door.
The two roommates walked into the living room and the detectives stood up as they all shook hands and exchanged greetings before taking seats in the living room.
"Vinny what kind of work do you do?" the detective asked as he took out a notepad to take notes.
"I'm a consultant," he said as he twisted the gold chain on his muscular neck.
Skeeter glanced towards Vinny with great interest.
"What kind of consultant?"
"Oh to various businesses... shipping, refuse collections, building maintenance, stuff like that," he said as Skeeter looked on admiring his calm demeanor.
"You were dating Deanna?"
"Yeah we was seeing each other some," Vinny said in his thick Brooklyn accent.
"Deanna worked as a stripper from what we understand," the detective said as both Skeeter and Vinny nodded their heads.
"Did you ever date Deanna?" the detective said turning towards Skeeter.
"Did you ever see her dance?" he said eyeing Skeeter closely.
"Well, yeah, she danced for me once at Tiffany's apartment when I interviewed her."
"From what I understand your wife was out of town at the time you selected Deanna to be her roommate," the detective said.
"Yeah that's right," Skeeter said.
"Were you and Deanna intimate?" the other detective asked.
"No," Skeeter said as Vinny watched closely having wondered all along if Skeeter had been intimate with Deanna.
"Do either one of you gentlemen know where Deanna came across five hundred thousand dollars in cash?"
"No," both men said in unison.
"Do either one of you men know where Deanna is now?"
"No," they both answered in unison.
"Well, she's missing and somebody must know where she is. If you think of anything that might help us in locating Deanna we want you to call," the detective said as the two plainclothes NYPD policemen took out their cards and handed it to both men. "If Deanna calls we want you to let us know right away," the detective said as both detectives stared at Skeeter as if they expected her to call him.
CONTINUED TOMORROW. MORE SOAP PHOTOS BELOW.