The 2 Solution … and an apology!
Reading time: 90 seconds
The bewitching hour passed. A deadline stared at me. Against odds, I switched gears and penned the Flash Mystery of the Week. (Read it here if you want to play before reading the solution below.) I’d set my mind to putting one out weekly, and I needed to stick with the plan.
Did I mention I was busy? And it was after midnight, when according to lore nothing good happens?
Yes, both of those things. When I began Thursday’s Flash Mystery of the Week story that centered around Thomas Jefferson, I thought I was being clever because he was the THIRD president. It was the SECOND day of the month. Oh, such a red herring. Glee filled me to overflowing.
The story centered around a $2 bill, which would ultimately be the solution, and Thomas Jefferson appears on the bill. But a funny thing happened on the way to the ending. I made my Tom Jefferson own an RV dealership for the simple reason that it sounded like a good product for the name Monticello, which would become a Jefferson clue.
Then, (c’mon writers, agree with me here) I started doing research on the RV world. Got sucked in completely. I didn’t know a Class C from a fifth wheel until 1:45 a.m. I also still had my work deadline. And I was committed to getting a Mystery of the Week on the blog. When I finally quit researching the RV world, I got back to my story and completely forgot that I had to reach the destination that housed a two-dollar bill.
Tom Jefferson stayed, but I deleted his wager inside the dealership when he sees the red-haired lady saunter on to the lot. (At the end of the original story, he gets a $2 bill and smirks at the picture on it.) So I lost the crux of the story that played up the bill, but kept Thomas Jefferson and a couple of his clues (Monticello and the Declaration of Independence).
If you guessed Thomas Jefferson, you nailed it. If you managed to guess TJ because of the two-dollar bill, you’re amazing. Several people got Mr. Jefferson, including one individual who I saw in person and berated me for my mistake. We were laughing after they “berated” me, and I told them I officiate basketball, so if they truly want to berate me they better yell louder and call me some less-friendly names.
Bottom line, give yourself credit for Thomas Jefferson and give me a pass for the week. I’ll come back next week with a whole new episode. And I’ll try to write it before midnight. (Ha! Right.) Thanks for hanging with me!