by Liz Cooper from Bruja Brouhaha, the second in Rochelle Staab’s Mind For Murder Mystery series.
Oscar Wilde’s quote “No good deed goes unpunished” is an apt description of why I believe trouble is shadowing me. For example, last year I stepped in to help my best friend track her harasser. Big help: Robin spent a two nights in jailbird blue (not her color) while I dodged a voodoo curse—and I don’t believe in curses.
The caper to preserve Robin’s sanity and freedom did come with a big bonus—I teamed with religious philosophy professor and occult expert Nick Garfield. Nick may oppose my skeptical view of the supernatural, but he wields the magic touch for making my toes tingle. I brought him home. You would too.
Recently Nick and I reached a not-yet-committed-but-really-happy space in our budding relationship. My leased townhouse felt so much like home that I considered making an offer to buy it. My psychology practice hummed along with full roster of clients, and I found time to volunteer for a Saturday morning Wellness Group at my mentor’s mid-city health clinic.
I felt so almost-settled that I even made a good-natured attempt at cooking, guided by Nick’s and my dear sweet friend Lucia Rojas during a delightful afternoon in her kitchen. We shopped, chopped, and chatted while Lucia schooled me in making homemade tamales—my good deed contribution to Lucia’s and Paco’s sixtieth wedding anniversary celebration.
Yep, everything was going swell—until Nick cajoled me into a Santeria fortunetelling game at the Rojas’s party that night. Against my better judgment I played along, a polite gesture to please my hosts. What harm could a little fortunetelling game among friends do?
As Oscar said, “No good deed…”
Have you ever done a good deed with humorous (or not-so-funny) results?
You can hear author Rochelle Staab read the opening scene of Bruja Brouhaha and learn more about the Mind For Murder Mystery series at http://rochellestaab.com