Detective Fred Morrisey handed a photograph to the flight attendant. “Do you recall seeing this passenger on the plane?” he asked her.
“Yes, I do,” she answered. “He qualified for an upgrade to first class based upon his frequent flier miles. I noticed that he had a flower in the lapel of his sport jacket. It was yellow and looked almost like a dandelion.”
“Do you have the passenger manifest for this flight?” Morrisey asked. She handed the passenger list to Morrisey and he scanned it, looking for the name Alan Draeger. It was not there. “You said he was upgraded to first class?”
The flight attendant nodded affirmatively. “Yes, he was seated in 5B. According to the passenger manifest, the man in that seat was Sean O’Conner. I remember that he had a slight accent, but it was kind of spooky because it sounded more Middle-eastern than Irish.”
“Did his appearance change at all before he deplaned?” Detective Ron Handley, Morrisey’s partner asked. “A change of clothing, perhaps.”
“Sorry, nothing that registered with me,” the flight attendant said.
“How did we miss him?” Handley asked his partner. “We were here before any of the passengers deplaned. He would have had to walk right by us.”
The flight attendant looked at the two detectives. “We haven’t yet cleared the lavatories,” she said.
Morrisey drew his service revolver and said, “Let’s do that now.”
Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One Word Challenge (qualified), My Vivid Blog (dandelion), Your Daily Word Prompt (manifest), Ragtag Daily Prompt (spooky), and Word of the Day Challenge (register).