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“He was killed? But how! Who killed him and why?”

Tracy was trembling. I could make out that she knew everything. She had the answers to all my questions.

“I’ll tell you everything. But you have to assure me that I would end up in any kind of trouble. You have to save me. Please.”

I held her shaking hands and consoled her,

“Just tell me everything. I assure you that I will not let you get into any sort of trouble. It’s a promise.”

She took a deep breath and spoke.

“I don’t know how to say this. Robert had been cheating on Janet.”

“What! Goodness!”

“Don’t interrupt. Let me complete this.”

I nodded.

“When he met me while working on Mr. Dave’s project, we became really good friends. I started falling for him. After a while, he told me that he loved me. I was the happiest person around him, until one day I checked his phone and learnt that he was already married to Janet. Immediately, I broke all ties with him. But Mr. Dave had overheard our conversation.”

“And then?”

“He was extremely annoyed. Professionally, I was a mere secretary, but emotionally, Mr. Dave and I had been very close to each other. He had been my mentor and my support throughout. He could not see me being treated this way by anyone. To teach Robert a lesson, he decided that the contract authorizing the two of them to work together would be declared null and void. This would mean a huge financial loss to Robert and his business.”

“Hmm…” I just didn’t know what else to say.

“Robert made use of a loophole in the contract. It stated that the death of either of them due to unforeseen circumstances would transfer the entire amount of money to the one who survived. That’s it. He killed Mr. Dave without leaving a trace.”

“And who killed Janet?”

“I don’t know that. He knew that after Mr. Dave’s death, I’d definitely try to seek Janet’s help to teach Robert a lesson. The best thing he could do was to kill her. But he had no time to do so. I guess he probably hired a killer. It wouldn’t have been hard for him. He never loved Janet anyway.”

Tears had welled up in my eyes. I took a deep breath, and spoke.

“Thanks Tracy. You have no clue what you’ve done for me.”

I smiled as I showed her my phone, indicating that I had recorded everything she spoke.

Surprisingly, she nodded.

And that was when I was able to put the broken pieces together.

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