“Who was the guard on duty at that time?” you asked the guard.
“I… I’m not sure? Let me check the log.” He got up and walked over to the roster on the wall then placed his finger over yesterday’s list and slid his finger down till it lined up with the time period covering 5am. “No one was on? The last person was Bryce but he finished 4am?”
“This just keeps getting more and more dodgy,” you commented to no one in particular.
“Ok, thank you,” he said to the guard as he stood up and you followed suit.
You and Deku walked to the door and left, heading back up to your room together. As you got off the elevator and walked to your room, you saw Philip, walking away from your door.
“Philip?” you called out to him.
He spun around quickly and looked at you both.
“Oh! You’re still here, thank God,” he said, covering his heart with his hand.
“Were you looking for us?” you asked him.
“Yes. I just tried knocking but you didn’t answer so I thought you had maybe left the hotel?” he said.
“What did you need?” Deku asked him.
“Umm, well… the manager told me that you suspected that dear Maya’s death wasn’t an accident? This is a shock to me…”
“Why is that a shock to you?” you asked curiously.
“Well… like I said before- who could harm her? It must surely have been an accident. She had too much to drink and fell in the pool and then hit her head and… and…” he burst into tears and you tilted your head at him.
Something just wasn’t right here.
“If I was in his position I’d be wanting to make sure it wasn’t anything suspicious… he seems too pushy with wanting it to be signed off as an accident.”
“Philip,” you said to him, “we, Deku and I, just want to give justice to Maya if there has been any foul play,” you stated.
He stopped crying and wiped his eyes.
“You’re right,” he sniffed, “I’m sorry. You’re doing a wonderful job.” He looked directly at you. “You’re very talented, Miss… uh…”
“Mrs Midoriya,” you stated stiffly.
“Mrs? Oh! You two are married?” he asked, finally looking at Deku, who nodded.
“Well it makes sense that you would be. Such a perfect hero couple,” he gushed
“I don’t trust this guy…” you thought.
“Well, Philip, we will be in contact if we find anything,” Deku said to the guy.
“Oh. Thank you,” Philip said with a bow, “please. Here is my number. Please call me if you find anything.”
He handed a piece of paper, with his number on it, to Deku and then walked away and you looked up at your man.
“We need to talk… about him,” you whispered as you entered your hotel room together.
For the next few hours, Deku rang all the guests on the guest list and got their stories of what happened last night.
Understandably they were surprised and horrified to know that their colleague Maya had passed away and each gave a different reaction but all were very genuine and after their initial shock, a number of them were concerned for Philip.
Everyone had left earlier that morning because they had work later the following night and didn’t want to be too hung over for their shift so everyone had already gone home and had been in bed by the time the incident happened.
All had alibis and their partners could vouch for them being home and asleep at 5am.
“That just leaves Philip,” you said, “he’s the only one we haven’t spoken to.”
“It sounds like Maya wasn’t a big drinker… everyone said they saw her with a drink but according to those closest the bar, she only had two light drinks. Those who had known her the longest also stated that she had never been big on alcohol.” Deku rubbed his chin. “I know how I feel about this situation… but we’ll wait for the mortician’s report.”
“Do you think that Philip came back and killed her, then left again?” you asked.
“It’s a sad possibility…” Deku said, “we will have to question him.”
“Is there anyone else we need to check with first?” you asked.
“No,” Deku shook his head, “everyone had left. So apparently it was just Maya left in the room.”
“Why was she there alone?” you asked rhetorically, “was she asked to stay back? Did Philip ask her to say back and tell her that he was going to come back and when he did he killed her? But what about the counterfeit money? Is this all connected?”
“You ask some very good questions,” Deku said, reaching out to pull you over for a cuddle.
“This cuddle is all very nice but I need answers!” you replied playfully, “we need to ask the manager about the time period where no one was in security too. That’s still suspicious.”
Just then his mobile phone rang and he answered it.
“Oh! Yes?” he asked, looking at you as the person on the other end spoke.
“So she wasn’t drunk when she died?” he asked into the receiver.
There was a pause and another reply.
“Hit with something heavy to the back of the head… not concurrent with pool edging… ok. Thank you…” He hung up.
“Was that the mortician?” you asked, kissing his cheek.
“Y/N… I think we’re dealing with a murder here. Maya didn’t have any alcohol in her system and the bump on the back of her head…”
“…isn’t from there pool edge. I knew something wasn’t right!” you said proudly, “now… my first suspect is Philip.”
“Mine too,” Deku replied, standing up with you still in his arms, “let’s go and talk to him now.”
You both left to go and find Philip, and found him in the staff room, talking happily with the other staff there.
“Philip?” you asked, “may we have a word?”
“Oh! Yes of course,” he replied, walking over, “what can I help you with?”
“Just a few routine questions,” Deku said with a polite smile, “would you mind coming with us?”
Philip gave you both a suspicious look but followed you anyway, walking with you to a more secluded part of the hotel lobby.
“Where did you go, after you left the party last night?” Deku asked gently.
“Is this an interrogation?” Philip asked, getting defensive immediately.
“No. We have asked everyone the same question,” Deku replied calmly, “this is just routine.”
“Are you implying that I was involved with Maya’s death?” Philip asked with an exaggerated surprised look on his face.