“Tell the gentleman his taxi is here, Jean-Paul.”
“Which gentleman, Monsieur Rault?”
“The fellow in the black pinstriped suit with a red tie.”
Jean-Paul scanned the hotel lobby. To his astonishment, two men matched Monsieur Rault’s description.
“Do you mean the gentleman at the coffee bar or the one sitting near the elevator, Monsieur Rault?”
“Figure it out for yourself, Jean-Paul. For once.”
After such censure, Jean-Paul bothered Monsieur Rault no more. He left the concierge desk and trekked over to the man at the bar.
“Did you order a taxi, Monsieur?”
“Yes,” answered the man in the tone of an entitled foreigner. Jean-Paul could not place the accent.
“It is here.”
The man adjusted his fedora’s brim over a wide, sweaty forehead, rose from his seat and allowed Jean-Paul to direct him through the lobby exit to a taxi waiting in the street. Jean-Paul got the cab’s door, received no gratuity for his efforts, and watched the car pull out onto the Promenade des Anglais.
As the taxi sped away, a woman on the walkway performed a doubletake. She stood for moments afterwards in the hot Mediterranean sun, contemplating what she’d seen. Then with a determined expression, she marched past Jean-Paul into the hotel entrance.
I enjoyed the story even if close to the end, it became apparent who the actual serial killer might be. That aside, fun story with a tasty ironic ending. I am tossing out my pin-stripped suit as I write.
I love a just deserts story. Snappy and witty with a bit of noir.
Fun story! Nicely written.
Absolutely fantastic! Very smooth transition.
Magnificent! Nice twist at the end. Great story!
Fun story! Also nice to use characters from places a lot of writers never think of ...
Good story that moved well right up to the ironic ending. Good job!
I sympathized with Jean-Paul, loved the character. I had a feeling about the two men dressed alike, and although I kind of saw the ending coming, I was not disappointed. Great job and especially liked the cat broach.
Thank you for the kind comments. Glad you all enjoyed this little tale of taxi mishaps.