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Lost Keys

You Can't Steal What Has Already Been Stolen!

By C. H. RichardPublished 4 months ago Updated 4 months ago 1 min read
Top Story - June 2023
Lost Keys
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Sheriff Thompson pushed his chair back, hands folded on his stomach. He stared at Ron and Don Dumphreys across from him.

“Either of you want to give an explanation?”

Ron slid the faded newspaper clipping across the desk.

$5000 reward for Andy Warhol painting stolen from Main St Museum

Sheriff Thompson glanced down at the paper and tossed it back at Ron. He was aware of the reward.

“You decided to break into Edna Elderberry’s to steal?”

Don looked up, “You can’t steal what has already been stolen! How do you know it was us?”

Sheriff Thompson shook his head.

“You turned around when Edna called your name! We also found these!” Thompson looked at Ron as he dangled smiley faced keys. "Your wife has already identified them!"

The sheriff continued, “You are going to jail for a reproduction!”

Ron punched Don in the shoulder.

Thompson ordered the deputy to take them away.

When the sheriff arrived home, he went to check the barn before venturing inside to see his wife’s latest shopping spree. As he turned on the lights, he smiled at the large Campbell Soup treasure staring back at him.

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C. H. Richard

My passion is and has always been writing. I am particularly drawn to writing fiction that has relatable storylines which hopefully keep readers engaged

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  • Lilly Cooper3 months ago

    😆 well, that is a dead give away that Edna's was a reproduction! Well done!

  • Holly Pheni3 months ago

    Nicely done!

  • Great story, but already read so I can't give you another read.

  • Heather Hubler4 months ago

    Oh, snappity snap!! Great twist. I loved how this played out. What a wonderful read. Fantastic work! Congratulations on Top Story :)

  • sleepy drafts4 months ago

    This is awesome! I love the twist at the end!

  • Cendrine Marrouat4 months ago

    Very well done!

  • Stephanie Downard4 months ago

    This was so good! I loved the twist at the end. You did an awesome job with so few words. Congrats on you're top story! 🎉

  • Pushpa Kumari4 months ago

    Nice 👍

  • Dana Crandell4 months ago

    Great storytelling here! Congratulations, Cindy!

  • Well done. Good job!!! My stance on Warhol is his works were original. Yes, he used a source images but he completely reimagined them. I feel the Supreme Court got this one wrong. Great work as always Cindy!!!

  • Raghavendra S Rao4 months ago

    Nice write up.

  • L.C. Schäfer4 months ago

    Well done Cindy, didn't see that ending coming 😁

  • Jessica Watson4 months ago

    Read More...👉

  • Tiffany Gordon 4 months ago

    Well done Cindy! Congratulations!🎉

  • Kristen Balyeat4 months ago

    Such a great short, Cindy! Very engaging and I love the twist! Fantastic and clever work! Congrats on top story! 💫

  • Barbara Gode Wiles4 months ago

    Cute story .. I enjoyed reading it

  • Victor4 months ago

    Its actually an interesting story and also reminds me of what my teacher back in primary school.

  • Paul Stewart4 months ago

    Damn, Cindy, haha! This was so brilliant. Congrats on Top Story. There was so much character development in so few lines. Real masterclass stuff. Like, I got the idea of the brothers/twins being a bit thick...the sheriff being a sneaky sneak. It being set in the south. All that from 200 words. Awesome entry to the challenge. I shall stop mumbling now!

  • Aqsak4 months ago

    Captivative one!

  • S. A. Crawford4 months ago

    Hahah this was great - has a real slapstick comedy feel 🤣 and the end was amazing

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  • Nobody4 months ago

    Loved, great twist

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