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Telltale crimson trail: part 3

By Raymond G. TaylorPublished 2 months ago Updated 2 months ago 1 min read
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Leaning against the patrol car, I drew deep from the Sonoma, watching CSIs fuss around the hastily-erected tent. They had tried, in vain, to get it up before the now heavy rain had washed away much of the forensics.

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My unmarked car was parked further back, ready to take me and the rest of the evidence away. I threw down the cigarette, already extinguished and wet.

“Another gang killing, they’re saying,” said the patrolman whose squad car I was leaning against.

“I wouldn’t want to speculate,” I said dismissively, before walking away.

“We’ll need your clothing for evidence, lieutenant,” said a white-suited figure, indicating the crime-scene vehicle where he wanted me to change. If they’d thought about it sooner, before the rain had soaked me to the skin, they could have preserved a little more of their evidence. Then again, most had been removed when I'd ‘stumbled’ earlier in deep snow.

Having changed, and given my statement to an unknown young detective, I headed back to my car. Stevie was leaning into her own vehicle, stretching the radio cord to her ear, her eyes still ranging over the scene.

As I watched her in the rear view, she turned. I pulled the car away from the kerb. She ran after me, gesticulating wildly, dropping the handset. I continued at a relaxed pace, but not relaxed enough for her to catch up. She was the only one smart enough.

She’d send a patrol car to my home. They’d have to wait.

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This little story in exactly 250 words continues Telltale crimson trail originally written for the Vocal Snow Micro challenge

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What will the patrol car officers find? And why would they have to wait?

Find out in part four: Chain of evidence


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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  • Randy Wayne Jellison-Knock2 months ago

    Dexter would find enough to convict, though he probably wouldn't tell anyone. He does like taking care of such matters himself, lol.

  • Caroline Craven2 months ago

    Hmm. I worry about Stevie. Sometimes too smart isn’t good!! This is a fab series!

  • Rachel Deeming2 months ago

    I'm gripped. Part Four - here I come!

  • Mark Graham2 months ago

    Getting closer to the end.

  • Oh no, she's on to him! I hope he can get away with it! Hehehehehhe. Waiting for part 4!

  • Joe O’Connor2 months ago

    Keeping readers on tenterhooks over here! Looks like someone could be clever enough to put the pieces together 👀

  • John Cox2 months ago

    I’m with LC on this one, Ray. This has all the makings of a pulse pounding thriller! I’m glad you decided to continue this story post snow micro challenge and look forward to reading more!

  • Mackenzie Davis2 months ago

    She is the only one smart enough?! I feel like maybe not…who is this young detective? I sense he will return! Damn this is so good! So excited for more!

  • L.C. Schäfer2 months ago

    Ooooh I am all over this! I can't wait for part 4!

  • Test2 months ago

    Brilliantly creative and fantastic entry! Enjoyed this a lot! 🤍

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