Chapter 16: Bad Blood

Detective Blackhorse left the Heavenly Hash Smoke Shop and strode to his car with a spring in his step. Once Smokey said that the victims in his murder case were drug dealers who had stolen from a customer, things finally started making sense. As he drove off, Blackhorse let everything sink in. If what Smokey said was true, then one […]

Chapter 64: In the Hot Seat

Richard was lying across his bed, when a soft knock on the door notified him that it was his turn to go downstairs and be interviewed by Officer Foster. It came sooner than he thought it would. Richard was instantly annoyed. For a few fleeting moments, he gave serious consideration to getting out of it by pretending that his migraine […]

Chapter 11: Sickening Realization

Dylan reflexively reached out to banish the bloody ear from his sight with a flush of the toilet. His hand was arrested in mid-air, by the realization that he recognized the earring still adorning the tiny lobe. His neighbor Rhonda had a pair of ladybug earrings just like that, which she wore all of the time. So, was that her […]

Chapter 60: Something Unexpected

I turned and frantically tried to go back into the building. Somebody had to help Hiromi! The door was locked from the inside. Plum went to a dumpster, fished out a wad of plastic bags and used them to wrest the dagger from my hand and tossed the whole thing into the dumpster, concealing it beneath an overflowing trash bag […]

Chapter 61: Small World

The doorbell rang again. Rachel, Harriet, Joshua and Richard exchanged dismayed looks. Officer Foster was not going to leave. They would have to face him. Joshua led the way downstairs. Harriet had a sudden attack of nerves and ducked into the bathroom. Rachel and Richard settled themselves on the couch, while Joshua answered the door. Officer Foster entered and greeted […]

Chapter 61: On a Wing and a Prayer

Sage latched onto the outer edge of the hole in the ruined wall, resisting Marko’s attempt to bring him out the antiquities vault. The gravitational pull of the whirling vortex aiding him in his resistance. Janet and Andrea rushed to pry his fingers loose. In his exhausted state, Sage did not have the strength put up much of a fight. […]

Chapter 11: Face Off

Detective Hernandez was slipping the last of the paperwork from murder victim Liam Anderson into a file, when he heard the spouse Carter Stanfield’s raised voice out in the bullpen. One of the other detectives…it sounded like Clemons was trying and failing to be placating. Hernandez sat in the interview room a few moments longer, enjoying the show. There were […]

Chapter 12: Into the Fire

Completely alone for the first time since her abduction, Deidra let down her guard and surrendered to grief. Great heaving sobs racked her body, until the well of tears ran dry. Gradually, the crying jag subsided. She quieted down enough to hear footsteps enter the sitting room, on the other side of the wall. Were they looking for her already? […]

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