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She rolled her eyes as she looked back down at her essay. “Stop breathing, that’s what I need you to do. You breath quite loudly.” Her eyes moved back up towards the others.
Beck sighed. “Okay, but if anything happens to me, you’re responsible.” He grabbed a random book from his backpack and started reading. Before that, though, he puffed out his cheeks and held his breath. He glanced up from his book to check if she saw what he was doing.
"Oooh okay come in. Thank you for what?" he smiled a bit. "Savannah some guy is here. COME DOWN!!" he smiled staring back at the boy.
“Thank you,” he muttered as he stepped inside their abode. “It’s for a favor. Savannah knows which.”
“I’m Cedric, by the way.”
"Can you go away? I’m trying to study here."
“No,” he replied, sinking lower into his seat. “Does my ridiculously handsome presence bother you? You’ll learn to get used to it.”
Getting on people’s nerves is a hobby (and a talent) of his.
Alexei’s eyes widened substantially. “Well, now what do we do?” he asked desperately! “The police are thinking he’s dead, right?” he confirmed and rubbed his temple. “Oh god, I’m still not awake, help me,”
Once again, Alexei’s reaction intrigued her— confused her, to be exact. She thought he’d be relieved that the man wasn’t dead, it would make for less suspicion of harm.
“Are you suggesting we kill him?,” she asked.
"Yeah she is but who in the living hell are you?" he said looking the boy up and down raising his eyebrow. "you must be her boyfriend?"
Cedric chuckled at the boy’s assumption and answered, “not quite. But these are for her—” He showed him the flowers and explained, “it’s a ‘thank you’ gift.”
"Quite sure," Alexei assured both himself and the girl. "I can’t use a butter knife properly, I definitely couldn’t murder someone," he added, wishing he was joking-the man could be quite clumsy. "I don’t even know who that person is, and who would kill a stranger?"
Piper backed away, somewhat convinced by his excuse. “Okay,” she said, heading towards the window to check on the body. What she saw delighted her to an extreme.
“Oh, look!” She gestured him to come closer to the windows as well. “Look, he’s getting up!” She meant the body, of course. “He’s not dead after all,” she announced happily.
Alexei emerged from the bathroom minutes later, his forehead sweaty and his teeth glistening thanks to the effort of brushing them multiple times to get that taste away. “Called them?” he asked though he could guess the answer, due to hearing the approach of cars down the street. “Didn’t think I’d be entertaining this early,” he murmured, looking down at his pyjama shorts and raggy old t-shirt.
Piper too could hear the sirens approaching from a distance. “Yes,” she answered, “they’re going to ask you a lot of questions, I’m sure.” Before the cops arrived on his doorstep, Piper leaned her face closer to his and asked in all seriousness, “are you sure you didn’t kill that man?”
“Oh, hi—” He was expecting another person to answer the door. He nervously looked down on the bouquet he was holding and asked, “is your sister at home?”
Alexei watched and listened to the lively woman speak at him, his lips slightly apart as he tried to accept all this. “There’s a corpse in my front yard,” he murmured, the realisation eventually hitting him. “Oh god! There’s a corpse in my front yard!” he repeated, this time much louder. “Come in, come in, you call, i don’t know, the police, while I throw up!” he exclaimed at the woman, turning around to head to his bathroom.’”
“Interesting,” she remarked, watching him make a dash for the bathroom. His reaction shamelessly piqued her interest and it struck her as funny. She’s seen dozens of dead bodies to have the same reaction as him.
“Oh, right, phone call—” She stepped inside his house and searched for his phone. She saw it on the coffee table then took it to dial 911.
“Hi, I’d like to report a dead body on my neighbor’s lawn—- Well, we’re not actually sure it’s dead. I didn’t want to touch it—- Yes, I’m inside my neighbor’s house. He’s puking in the bathroom— Is he the killer? I don’t think so—-“ This casual report went on until Piper gave the address of his house. The authorities should arrive any moment now.