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The Echoes of Betrayal(Chapter 4)

A Gripping Tale of Secrets, Lies, and Justice

By Pavitradevi Published 28 days ago 4 min read
The Echoes of Betrayal(Chapter 4)
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Chapter 4: The Informant

Detective Sarah Mills was deep in thought at her desk, reviewing Emily Parker’s statement, when her phone buzzed. The caller ID was blocked. She hesitated for a moment before answering.

“Detective Mills,” she said, her voice steady.

“I have information about Emily Parker’s disappearance,” a voice whispered urgently. It was male, rough and low, likely disguised.

Sarah’s heart raced. “Who is this?”

“Someone who wants to help. Meet me at O’Malley’s Bar tonight. Eight o’clock. Come alone.” The line went dead.

Sarah’s mind whirled with possibilities. Informants were unpredictable, but she couldn't ignore this lead. She informed Carter of the meeting but agreed to go alone as requested. She needed to gain the informant’s trust.

That evening, Sarah arrived at O’Malley’s Bar, a dimly lit, smoky establishment that reeked of stale beer and desperation. She scanned the room, spotting a figure in the back corner, half-hidden in shadows. The informant wore a hooded jacket and kept his head low.

Sarah approached, her senses on high alert. “I’m Detective Mills,” she said quietly, taking a seat across from him.

The informant nodded, his eyes barely visible under the hood. “Emily Parker is alive. She’s been living under an assumed identity in a small town called Maplewood, a few hundred miles from here.”

Sarah’s pulse quickened. “How do you know this?”

The informant shifted nervously. “I used to work for David Parker. When he went off the grid, I did some digging. Found out Emily was hiding, using the name Claire Benson. She’s working at a diner there.”

“Why are you telling me this now?” Sarah asked, trying to gauge his motive.

The informant sighed. “I’m tired of running, tired of the guilt. David Parker is dangerous. If you don’t find him soon, he’ll find her. And he won’t be merciful.”

Sarah leaned in, her voice firm. “Tell me everything you know about David’s whereabouts.”

The informant shook his head. “I don’t know where he is now. He moves around a lot. But start with Emily—Claire. She might have more information.”

Sarah studied him for a moment, sensing his fear was genuine. “Thank you,” she said, standing up. “If you think of anything else, contact me.”

The informant nodded and disappeared into the night, leaving Sarah with a new lead and a sense of urgency.

Early the next morning, Sarah set off for Maplewood, the small town where Emily Parker, now Claire Benson, was supposedly hiding. The drive was long and uneventful, giving her time to think about the case. If Emily had been hiding all these years, it meant she still feared David. And if David was still out there, he could be a threat to anyone who got in his way.

Maplewood was a quaint town, the kind of place where everyone knew each other. Sarah found the diner easily, a charming establishment with a neon sign that flickered intermittently. She walked in, her eyes scanning the room for any sign of Emily. Behind the counter, a woman with dark hair tied back in a ponytail was serving coffee. Sarah’s heart skipped a beat—she recognized her immediately.

Taking a seat at the counter, Sarah waited until the woman approached. “What can I get you?” the woman asked, her voice calm and professional.

Sarah looked her in the eye. “Emily—Claire—I need to talk to you. It’s important.”

The woman froze, her face paling. “I think you have the wrong person.”

“Please, Emily,” Sarah said softly. “I’m here to help. David is still out there, and you’re not safe.”

Emily glanced around the diner, then nodded slightly. “Give me a minute.” She finished serving the remaining customers, then gestured for Sarah to follow her to a back room.

Once inside, Emily closed the door and leaned against it, her expression wary. “How did you find me?”

“An informant,” Sarah replied. “He worked for David. He told me you’re in danger.”

Emily sank into a chair, her façade crumbling. “I’ve been running for so long. I thought I could start over here.”

“You can’t hide forever,” Sarah said gently. “We need to find David and bring him to justice. But I need your help.”

Emily nodded, tears filling her eyes. “I don’t know where he is now, but he’s dangerous. He blames me for everything. If he finds me...”

“He won’t,” Sarah assured her. “We’ll keep you safe. But I need you to come back with me. We can’t do this without you.”

Emily hesitated, then took a deep breath. “Alright. I’ll do it. For Richard. For all the years I’ve lost.”

Sarah reached out, squeezing her hand. “Thank you. We’ll get through this together.”

As they left the diner, Sarah felt a renewed sense of purpose. With Emily’s help, they could finally track down David Parker and bring him to justice. The case was far from over, but Sarah knew they were closer than ever to uncovering the truth and ensuring that Richard Langley’s murder would not remain unsolved.

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Pavitradevi

I'm Pavitradevi S, a passionate writer and lifelong learner dedicated to exploring the world through insightful and engaging articles. My writing journey spans across technology, health, personal development, and economy related .

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