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Rated: 13+ · Fiction · Detective · #2280692
Haunted by an old case.
(222 words)

“How can you do the same thing every day,” Murphy asked sourly. “Don’t you get bored?”

“Crossword keeps me sharp, Sarge, it's like solving a case. Follow clues, put the pieces together, fill in the blanks.”

Detective Davis grinned, but his partner ignored him.

“What’s this package, Ray?”

“Dunno, it was here when I came in, addressed to Sgt. Murphy.”

“What the hell, it’s full of bone fragments!”

“Twenty-two evidence bags,” Ray mused, “all initialed by detective John Murphy, all dated 4/22/2000. And one empty holster.”

“Those aren’t my initials and I’ve never seen that holster.”

“It’s a skull! Twenty-two bones in the human skull, Sarge. Someone trying to give us a hint, maybe?”

“Means nothing to me, Ray.”

“Or, it’s what isn’t there. You ever work a case with a missing gun?”

Murphy went pale.

“What’s the matter, Sarge? You look like you saw a ghost.”

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“The skull belongs to the perp from an old murder case,” Captain Simons confirmed. “Slug was too beat up for a match, but Murphy found a gun. Perp got the chair, but then a different guy confessed last year. He had a gun, too. I guess Murphy couldn’t live with it, but why use a .22?”

Detective Davis opened his mouth but didn’t speak. If the captain couldn’t see it, then why try to explain?”



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