Something portable but durable

As she stepped over the body, Phyllis was careful not to tread in ay of the blood.

“Mother!” Nick frowned as she sat down on the sofa.

“Can’t you see I’m working?”

“Sorry, dear. I didn’t want to be in the way.”

154 blood on floor 45793Nick then continued taking notes as he walked around the room. Entry point: windows. Exit: door. Weapon: that was harder to determine but there were certainly several objects it could have been although none were covered in blood. Nick was constantly surprised at how much blood there was in the body – of course guns produced the most, especially when aimed at the right area. Knives were next. Neither had been used this time – the damage too blunt – a trophy; a solid ashtray, something portable but durable to hit five or six times.

Judging by the smearing of blood on the laminate floor the body had been moved twice. Quite a mess but neither Nick nor Phyllis was phased.

He often joked that they should rename the village Midsommer because of all the bodies they’d seen over the years. Of course he didn’t bring his mother to all of them but when she’d been the last person to see them alive, before the murderers of course, she’d often proved useful.

He watched as she opened her handbag and took out her portable radio and plugged in her earphones, knowing it would be a while before he needed her.


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