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[Write the Story] Unsolved Mystery

Posted by reudaly on May 12, 2017 in Writing |

This one comes to you via watching way too much House of Cards – which is such a fascinating show for being weird, twisty, amazing, depressing, and depressingly amazing.

Prompt: Unsolved Mystery

Words: murder, green, agreement, traditional, carpenter, snake, sugar, kidney, congress, jam


“What have you gotten me into, Sugar?” Dirk muttered under his breath, rubbing the sore spot above his kidney.

Sometimes the PI business was dangerous, but this was more than even he bargained for. Dirk Carter wouldn’t have it any other way. Sure it wasn’t like traditional TV and movie portrayals, but his other option was being a carpenter. He was allergic to sawdust.

“Come on, you snake, show your face.”

He wasn’t sure who he addressed, after all he was outside Congress watching and waiting. The leads led here, though no one believed a murder even actually occurred. In fact, it was the one thing every law enforcement agency were in agreement on. Nothing indicated a crime.

“And they’re all wrong!” Dirk slammed his fist into his steering wheel—avoiding setting off the horn and airbag and revealing his stakeout. “And there he is.”

Dirk followed his quarry at a discreet distance—after all, no matter how invested he was he wasn’t green. He’d done this before. Countless times. His quarry zigged and zagged as if anticipating a tail. Dirk kept up until a traffic jam interrupted his forward progress and thoughts.

He pulled over and parked, going on foot. He caught a glimpse of his quarry ducking down an alley. He moved quickly. That was his mistake.

“You think you know something others don’t?” a voice said in his ear. “No one will investigate her…or you.”

Everything went black.

Word Count: 241
Written: 3/31 – 4/2/17 (House of Cards influenced)

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