Crime Fiction

#72 – Suspicion

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Detective Danson ripped into his sandwich, spitting chunks of bread over the sidewalk as he waved Constable Keegan away.

“There’s nothing more to it.  Family says she fell.  “Spinster dies in accident”: Case closed.”

“Really?” asked the Constable.

The Detective shot Keegan a glare as the Constable turned and trotted across to the Precinct Morgue.

Later that evening Keegan stepped back into his apartment, flinging his magnifying glass onto the table and sitting thoughtfully.

Her ring finger was worn.  There was fear in her eyes.

“Was I right?” came a voice from across the room.

“You always are,” Keegan sighed.

(c) Tim Austin 2016. Promo image by Gratisography.

Today’s one word title was donated by the breathtakingly talented Izabella Grace – author of sublime Flash Fiction at http://flashfictiononline.com/main/authors/izabella-grace/.  You can follow her on Twitter @iza8ella

This is the OWOS debut of two established characters – Keegan and Lestrade from my Holmesean short thriller “The Santa Beneath the Ice” – available on Amazon.  You can read Chapter One of that story Free here (opens a PDF).

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See you tomorrow for “Nightmare”!

 

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#62 – Worth

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The woman flicked the notes carefully through her fingers, tapping the stack of cash against her desk and peering up over her horn-rimmed glasses.

“Not police?”

The man shook his head.  There was a note of threat to the question and he turned away, fixing his gaze through the doorway, his heart racing.

Silken bronze skin swept beneath long curls of onyx hair.  Asian eyes were lidded and docile.  The woman he desired tugged her skirt over a blackened bruise.

“You like?” the Madame slipped the money into a draw, her finger stroking a pistol.

“Yes.  Very much,…”

(c) Tim Austin 2016. Promo image by Tom Sodoge via Unsplash.

 This story was inspired by an audition I went to in Soho, years back.  I ended up drinking coffee in a cafe near the studio and watched as a woman tried to tempt men into a doorway.  I only ever heard a snippet of words over the noise of the crowd: “Not Police?”  It always stayed with me.

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#54 – Conceived

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The blueprint dimpled as Joseph poked his finger against the paper.  That was the point of entry.  That was the place the explosives needed to be set.

The four men looked at each other and nodded in silence before quietly unlatching the van door and filing out into the harsh, cold night.

Beside them, the jewellery repository rose through the street light, its towering brick walls disappearing into the gloom above.  Three of the men were already creeping across to the alleyway behind.  The fourth kept lookout.

He saw a cop watching from the shadows.

He smiled.  He turned away.  He waited.

(c) Tim Austin 2016.  Promo image by Matthew Skinner via Unsplash.

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#39 – Armenian

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The cherry was as sour as Levon’s mood.  His mouth welled with juice as he leant against the rusted hulk of his car, his breath billowing in frozen clouds.

The sun was just creeping above the frosted horizon, slowly revealing the pitch-black earth of the fields.  Levon remembered days when he would sit with his father and watch the sun rise.  Such innocent days when the cherries were still sweet.  So long ago.

The trunk of the car rattled  and shook.  Levon slashed his foot against the metal, barking at the girl to keep quiet.

(c) Tim Austin. Promo image by Jake Malera via Unsplash.

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Tomorrow’s story: Stretched.