"So what's the deal, Frankie?"
"Boss, there's a new girl in town. Dark hair, nice eyes, sassy. Goes by the name of Tess. Tess Kincaid. We're not sure yet what her racket is but she looks dangerous."
"Tess Kincaid. Now that's a monicker. You got any background on her at all?"
"Well, we hear she came from Dillinger country . . Indiana . . but she turned up here around Columbus some time back. And get this . . . we only just found out her real name. She's been goin' by the name of Willow and claims she lives in a haunted house that she calls Willow Manor."
"A haunted house?"
"Yeah, she claims people have heard strange noises at night and even seen wispy spirits walkin' around. But she doesn't seem scared of 'em at all, just kinda laughs it off."
"Hmmm, that's a little strange. Any idea what she does to keep payin' the rent?"
"Apparently she doesn't have any problems there. She's got some guy who travels a lot who takes care of that. So she just stays at home and writes poetry."
"Yeah, she's pretty good, too. Whimsical, I think they call it."
"Well, she sounds harmless but let's keep an eye on her."
"O.K. Boss. That'll be a pleasure."
"Tess Kincaid, aka Willow. Interesting."
This little mystery was prompted by a blog posting here this morning. I just couldn't resist.