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Telltale crimson trail

You'd think a seasoned homicide detective like me would be used to this kind of thing

By Raymond G. TaylorPublished 5 months ago Updated 5 months ago 1 min read
Top Story - February 2024
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I'd seen gray snow, I'd seen brown, mushy snow on the highway. I'd seen yellow snow too, but this was the first time I had seen pink snow. The sight of it turned my stomach. The crimson stain had grown into a shadow, an outline, like an island. The spatter from the blow had left a telltale bloody trail leading away from the gaping wound in the victim's head.

Nausea welled up inside of me. You'd think that, as a seasoned homicide detective, I would have gotten used to this kind of thing by now. I never did. Violent death always made me want to vomit.

I turned away. Looking over the pristine, white-blanketed hills, I felt calmer. Taking deep breaths, I drew in great draughts of clean air, until my nostrils stung from bitter cold.

Pulse rate under control, I flipped into investigation mode and put on latex gloves. Reaching carefully inside the jacket, I pulled out a large, transparent bag. Weighing about a kilo, the package contained what looked like fine grains of sugar, but I knew it to be cocaine. Street value around $120,000.

Wading through the snow drifts, I returned to the unmarked car and called it in. It would take 10 minutes for the duty team to turn up. During which time I would conceal the bag under the seat and toss the jagged lump of ice I'd used to slug the courier into the storm drain. It would be washed away before they arrived.

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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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Comments (41)

  • Esala Gunathilake2 months ago

    Happy to read and congratulations!

  • Alexander3 months ago

    wow..... Congratulations on your Top Story

  • Susan Fourtané5 months ago

    Ohh I love this!

  • Susan Fourtané5 months ago

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  • ROCK 5 months ago

    Congratulations, mystery man!

  • Novel Allen5 months ago

    Good cop, bad cop. Congrats on TS.

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  • Raduxx Radu5 months ago

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  • Dariusz 5 months ago

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  • Caroline Craven5 months ago

    Great twist. What a fantastic story.

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  • E.K. Daniels5 months ago

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  • Rachel Robbins5 months ago

    Nicely done.

  • Rachel Deeming5 months ago

    Nice twist. You got me.

  • Test5 months ago

    Amazing job! Keep up the outstanding work—congrats!

  • Test5 months ago

    Great story. Congratulations on TS.

  • Part two for anyone who wants to know what happens next: - Part three includes links to all other episodes: - or check my profile for new episodes as they are published - each 250 words exactly

  • Ashley Shiflett5 months ago

    Congrats on top story! Well deserved!

  • Anna 5 months ago

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  • Mackenzie Davis5 months ago

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  • sleepy drafts5 months ago

    WOAH! This was so freaking good. Amazing twist, masterfully executed (pun intended, heh.)

  • My first thought was, "they killed him but left the cocaine?" Then I understood. Well done.

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