Day 8 of the challenge!
My theme is NIFTY NUGGETS. Little nuggets of writing based on a photo, a phrase and an object, which is designed to encourage lean, tight writing. I’m aiming for a word count of under 300 words.
Thank you to L.Diane Wolfe for providing the beautiful photo prompts. You can visit her blog to check out more pictures.
PHRASE – as thick as thieves
OBJECT – lamp
Steps hug close together.
They whisper in shadowed corners about the strange occurrence that had befallen Still Waters Bed and Breakfast.
The master of the establishment, grizzled old Ben Skinnerd, was closely linked with Mr Tanner, an out-of-towner who lodged at the B&B for about two weeks. The visitor had been in town for business purposes, or so the story went. He left the B&B every day at exactly 7.00 a.m. and returned a little after 2.00 p.m. At exactly 3.00 p.m. the two men would enjoy a glass of the finest whiskey that money could buy. They would then light up a cigar and hearty laughter would ensue. They were as thick as thieves.
On a particular day, Mr. Tanner returned later than usual, at 4.00 p.m. and in the company of vivacious, red-headed Ms. Blackridge. She had an odd habit of pressing her lace handkerchief to her mouth, in order to suppress uncontrollable giggles.
Just what occurred during the hours of 4.00 and 8.00 p.m. on that last evening… nobody really knows. The trail of blood along the banister, down the steps and into the dining area, ended at the overturned lamp which lay in front of the fireplace. A lace handkerchief lay crumpled on the floor. Ben Skinnerd is the prime suspect in the investigation, but he is as baffled as everybody else.
There is no sign of Mr. Tanner or Ms. Blackridge.
A journalist from the local gazette pulled an article from the archives, about an incident which took place a few years earlier. It involved a ‘non-existent’ visitor who had disappeared along with the gentleman she was last seen with. The similarity in story details are chilling, from the crumpled handkerchief to the rich oil rubbed bronze-finished base of the overturned lamp in the dining room.
The steps huddle closer.
They’ve seen it all before.
It’s not the first… it won’t be the last…