Jan Hoffman | The Journal Gazette
Martha and Jessica are roommates, best friends and life-long residents of Fort Wayne's Lakeside neighborhood. Their neighbor is Darleen Fitz. Only no one seems to know much about her.
Jan Hoffman | The Journal Gazette
Roommates Martha and Jessica are concerned when their neighbor, Darleen, moves out of her apartment with no notice and no forwarding address. She does leave behind a mysterious box.
Jan Hoffman | The Journal Gazette
After returning home from The Shady Nook, Martha and Jessica find their garage ransacked. Was "the garage vandal" looking for Darleen’s box?
Jan Hoffman | The Journal Gazette
In the hopes of catching the mysterious "garage vandal," Jessica and Martha decide to spy on Darleen’s apartment, bugging the place with an old baby monitor.
Jan Hoffman | The Journal Gazette
From the alley next to their house, Martha and Jessica watch a man stalk through the empty rooms of Darleen’s apartment, brandishing a gun and hollering for an unknown person named "Nikki."
Jan Hoffman | The Journal Gazette
Neighbor Jamie Navarro suggests Martha and Jessica open Darleen’s box and find out what’s inside. Shortly afterward, the two women discover a puddle of blood outside of their house.
Jan Hoffman | The Journal Gazette
Martha and Jessica open Darleen’s box and are disappointed by its contents, seemingly a collection of random junk. They decide to return the box, only they don’t know where to begin looking for Darleen.
Jan Hoffman | The Journal Gazette
Shay Johnson, a reference librarian at the Allen County Public Library, agrees to help Martha and Jessica track down information about their missing neighbor, Darleen Fitz. As a starting point, Shay finds old newspaper articles that mention Darleen.
Jan Hoffman | The Journal Gazette
Martha and Jessica discover Darleen is from Auburn, not Fort Wayne. Also, that she had a cousin, Nikki Statler, who committed suicide. A road trip is planned.
Jan Hoffman | The Journal Gazette
Outside The Auburn House Restaurant in downtown Auburn, Martha and Jessica meet Cyrus Withers, Darleen’s former landlord. He offers to tell the two women more about Darleen.
Jan Hoffman | The Journal Gazette
Darleen's former landlord, Cyrus Withers, tells Martha and Jessica that the real Darleen Fitz, the one from Auburn, was hit by a moving truck and left for Cleveland – with thousands of dollars in settlement money – to live with her cousin, Nikki.
Jan Hoffman | The Journal Gazette
Martha and Jessica return from Auburn to find the woman they know as "Darleen" and her boyfriend Travis rifling through their home, looking for the box.
Jan Hoffman | The Journal Gazette
Martha, Jessica and neighbor Jamie examine the contents of Darleen’s box and realize some of the things they previously considered “junk” might just be valuable.
Jan Hoffman | The Journal Gazette
Librarian Shay Johnson identifies some treasure inside Darleens' box. Martha, Jessica and Jamie return home from the library to discover a cryptic note from Travis.
Jan Hoffman | The Journal Gazette
Martha and Jessica are tricked by Nikki and Travis into meeting the pair at Freimann Square and handing over the box (and its valuable items). But Nikki isn't willing to share and turns the gun on our roommates.
Jan Hoffman | The Journal Gazette
Jessica's party is so much better than anyone but Jessica expected – undoubtedly helped by our roommates desire to celebrate the resolution of the mystery next door. What does the future hold and what does the purple rabbit's foot have to do with it?