I need to get moving on this story. It seems like I'm stuck in first gear. Daniel is Anabelle's & Jonathon's deceased son.
Rough draft. Please don't quote or repost.
“Did you know that Jonathon has arrested a groom from Gorham Manor named Wethers? He thinks the man had something to do with Minna’s death.”
Father Ollister gave a quick frown. “Eldon Wethers? Did he confess to something?”
Anabelle thought that an odd choice of words. “Well, no, not that I know of; I think it highly unlikely that he killed Minna. She drowned, Father. Someway, somehow, she drowned. Only a powerful Waterwitcher could have done it.”
“Drowned?” he repeated sharply. “That’s how she died?”
‘Yes. It’s not common knowledge, and I doubt that Lord Gorham is talking.”
Something about that news seemed to worry him but he said nothing. She briefly toyed with the idea of demanding, as King’s Special Examiner, that he tell her, but she knew the old priest would not reveal what he considered privileged information.
“Can you tell me anything which might help with this investigation, Father?”
He opened his mouth to speak and a board creaked outside the door. Holding up a hand to keep the priest silent, she got up and opened the door very quietly. No one was outside the door. A quick look down the hall did not reveal anyone lurking.
When Anabelle turned to Father Ollister, he shook his head.
“The walls have ears here,” he said in a guarded voice. “Seek me out in my gardens. I work and pray there of a morning, and if we are spied upon, at least we will not be overheard.”
Digesting the implications of that, Anabelle shelved the idea of asking him about the smuggling ring and gave him a slow nod. “Mornings are not my cup of tea, but I’ll force myself to get up and come see you in the next day or two.”
As she turned to leave, Father Ollister’s words followed her.
“You need to tell Jonathon about what really happened to Daniel, Anabelle.”