The Lounge Singer

May 2, 2022 at 9:58 pm (Detective story, Film, History, International Espionage, International Intrigue, Short Story) (, , , , , , )

Cantolina Aguirre the lounge singer

It was May 1949.

And Carson Cody Albion was sitting in a high class cocktail lounge in Los Angeles.

The name of the lounge was The Purple Canary.

Albion wasn’t sure whether there was such a thing as a purple canary.

He thought most canaries were yellow.

But then again up until 1697, most Europeans thought all swans were white.

Then came 1697.

And Dutch explorer Willem de Vlamingh discovered black swans in Australia.

So maybe there are purple canaries.

Perhaps someday one will be found on the moon.

What made him think of the moon just now?

His eyes and ears returned to the singer and the song.

Cantolina Aguirre was singing the song Blue Moon.

When the song was over, Cantolina Aguirre came and sat at Albion’s table.

“Nice of you to sit here,” Albion smiled.

“I’m your contact,” Cantolina explained.

“Contact?” Albion looked puzzled.

“Didn’t Soong Mei-ling hire you to escort weapons from the Aladdin Tea Company Warehouse to the ship Blue Tiger down at the docks?” Cantolina inquired.

Soong Mei-ling was Madame Chiang Kai-shek the First Lady of the Republic of China.

She was the wife of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek the President of China.

The Kuomintang Chinese Nationalist government was currently in trouble and there was the possibility that China could fall to Mao Tse-tung’s Communists.

Concerned people across the U.S. were sending arms to Chiang’s government worried that the U.S. government wasn’t doing enough.

“She did,” Carson nodded, “but I was expecting my contact to be Chinese.”

“I was born in Shanghai,” Cantolina answered, “My father worked at the Spanish Consulate in the city.”

“Wow, don’t I have egg on my face,” Albion remarked after a waiter accidentally spilled Egg Foo Yung all over him.

Cantolina gave him the passwords he was to use at both the warehouse and the loading docks for the ship Blue Tiger.

Albion stood up to go on his mission.

“I’ll be working here until 2 AM, ” she said as she got up to return to the stage.

“Do you ever make love to any of your contacts?” Albion asked before leaving.

Cantolina grabbed a napkin and wrote on it with her red lipstick.

She then folded the napkin.

“Here’s the answer,” she said as she handed him the folded napkin, “Don’t open it until you walk through that door again.”

Later after Albion had completed the mission, he returned to The Purple Canary and walked through the door.

He opened and unfolded the napkin to read her red lipstick answer to his question.

ONCE IN A BLUE MOON.

Cantolina noticed his entrance and his unfolding of the napkin.

She immediately began singing the song Blue Moon.

-A Carson Cody Albion Short Story
Written by Christopher
Monday May 2nd 2022.

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