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Chain of evidence

Telltale crimson trail: part 4

By Raymond G. TaylorPublished 3 months ago Updated 23 days ago 1 min read
Andover MA Police vehicle: web source

By the time I got back to the house, there was a patrol car waiting. A uniform stepped out of the passenger side and, confirming my ID, asked for my car keys. I prised them apart from my extensive collection and handed them over. As the patrolman drove off in my car, his buddy following him, a third car screeched to a halt outside.

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The driver's door swung open and Stevie stepped out. Slamming the door behind her, she leapt towards me as if she was going to swing a right. In some ways I wish she had. I deserved it, and some.

"What the fuck do you think you are doing, John? Leaving a crime scene like that? And taking your damn car too!

"Yeah, sorry Stevie," I lied. I'm just all over the place at the moment. You know what it’s like when I’m first on scene like that."

"Sure, I know. You can't handle it, maybe? Ever considered applying for a transfer to Community Outreach section?"

We both laughed at that, breaking the tension. I was glad she agreed to come inside for a coffee.

She took her coffee short and black. Mine was in a big mug with too much sugar and cream.

As she perched on the armchair, she followed my gaze to the framed photo above the fireplace.

“Your brother?”


I wasn’t in the mood to encourage that kind of conversation.

She looked straight at me, and for just a moment too long.

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What next?

Has Stevie thought of something? Has John slipped up? How come the patrolmen got there before him? Find out in part five.

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Time for crime? Lots of short stories and other great reading matter, all with criminal intent and all written by yours truly: Raymond G. Taylor

Thanks for reading



About the Creator

Raymond G. Taylor

Author based in Kent, England. A writer of fictional short stories in a wide range of genres, he has been a non-fiction writer since the 1980s. Non-fiction subjects include art, history, technology, business, law, and the human condition.

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  • L.C. Schäfer3 months ago

    So glad you continued this 😁

  • Intriguing.

  • Rachel Deeming3 months ago

    This is a great series. I reckon revenge for something and the brother's photo? A clue?

  • Part Five now posted. Look out for part six

  • Mark Graham3 months ago

    Nothing like a good mystery.

  • Just for a moment too long. Is she gonna kiss him? Lol. Waiting for part 5!

  • Mackenzie Davis3 months ago

    Oh man, you complicated it! Motive perhaps? Super excited for the next one.

  • Shirley Belk3 months ago

    I got caught up on your stories...very interesting :)

  • John Cox3 months ago

    Another great installment, Ray. On the edge of my seat awaiting the next!

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