“You were about to explain the case,” Suzie said, taking out a notebook.

“I can’t explain everything,” Bernie said. “And until then this has to be off the record.”

“Fine,” said Suzie. “But I want an exclusive.”

Bernie gave her a look hard to interpret. “An exclusive is what you’ve got.” That all zipped by me, but it seemed to make Suzie happy – she flashed a quick smile.

“Let’s start with Ezra Printz. He handled PR on the Greed shoot. Chet found a film can in Death Valley.” Hey! I’d almost forgotten that. And then I remembered something from that Death Valley cave: a skull. Uh-oh. “What are you barking about?” Bernie said. “Easy, boy.” I stopped. “The making and editing of Greed is a very fractious story. It led to bitter feelings between Erich von Stroheim and Louis B. Mayer. I believe they got into an argument in Death Valley and a bystander, possibly a script girl or something like that, was accidently killed. Somehow the whole thing got filmed, and I think Ezra Printz ended up with the film.”

Trimmer looked up from the floor. “How do you know all this?”

“Zip it,” said Portia.


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3 Responses to “TMI”

  1. B. Stover
    3:39 am on September 14th, 2009

    "…a very fractious story." Excellent adjective. Bernie is smart. And you did try to tell him about the skull Chet. A dilemma.

  2. Rebecca Rice
    8:43 am on September 14th, 2009

    Lucky Susie. Having an exclusive with a guy who uses words like fractious is something pretty special.

  3. Ivy
    7:34 am on September 15th, 2009

    Yeah, fractious is a great word. I also like Portia's comment, 'Zip it.' Very cool.


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