By Sojourner McConnell Originally posted on: https://vickgoodwin.wordpress.com
“What kind of car is it?” Julia looked up and there stood the tall slim man from the bank. She wondered for a moment how he looked so cool standing outside in the heat in his suit coat. He reached into his inside pocket and pulled out a narrow wallet, flipped it open and showed her his detective badge. “I’m Detective James Ralston, sorry I wasn’t able to help more in there. I am on a case and can’t really be much help.
But I can put in a word with the officers when they respond. If I have your information.”“Um ok, sure. That sounds great. It is a Honda civic. Silver with black interior. Do you think that is enough to help?” Julia swung her hands between her knees in a nervous manner waiting for the police to arrive. The detective wandered around while he waited with her.Detective Ralston said, “Miss, what’s the tag number?”
Julia looked confused for a moment then nodded and told him, “125” “SMK” Detective Ralston finished for her. Once again Julia looked stunned.“Yes, exactly! How did you know?”He pointed over to the adjacent parking lot, where a silver Civic with the license plate 125SMK sat facing away from them. Julia jumped to her feet, raced across the square lot and across the walkway.
“Oh my god, oh my god,” she kept repeating as she ran. Racing into the other oblong lot straight up to her car. The Detective was right beside her, with a smile on his face.“I take it, this is yours?” Julia nodded at his words, still overcome and almost unable to make coherent sentences.“How did I miss my car. I mean I walked all over that lot over there.” Julia ran her hands lovingly over the roof of the car before sticking the key into the lock and opening the door.
“I will cancel the call for you. You have a great day, Ma’am.”Julia looked up at him and stammered, “Th…th thank you! I can see now why you are a detective! You are a miracle worker!”Detective James Ralston laughed once then shook his head. “Nah, just observant. Glad you got your car back.” He walked back toward the other lot as she climbed into the drivers seat.
Julia cranked the car then grabbed her phone after he walked away. “Mom, you are not going to believe what just happened to me.”