The Killers

“This is the third time that the killer has struck on this beach in as many weeks,” remarked Inspector Lestrade.

“Killers,” replied Sherlock Holmes in his usual dead-pan style, “There are prints of four different pairs of boots coming out of the water, and then going back. Finding a boat that was out last night with four people should not be too difficult even for you.”

Taking off his boots in the small cove near them, the octopus listened to this conversation and smiled grimly, as he plotted the death of the next hunter involved in his son’s murder.

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99 words.

Written as a part of the Carrot Ranch Literary Community Flash Fiction Challenge.

January 18, 2018, Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes boots. Whose boots are they, where do they go and what is their significance? Go where the prompt leads.

Respond by January 23, 2018, to be included in the compilation (published January 24). Rules are here.

Note: Inspired by James of poweredbyrobots.com fame, I’ve decided to add a small tidbit of interesting information that I found about the hero/villain of this story: https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2017-08-17-the-morality-of-octopus-hunting-in-false-bay/#.WmVfGKiWbIU

 

 

 

About anuragbakhshi

At the age of 40, I decided to exit the corporate world, and enter the world of stories as a full-time writer. Wish me luck!
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14 Responses to The Killers

  1. Old Jules says:

    Holmes grimaced. “There’s something strange about these prints.”

  2. Jules says:

    OK – I like this – still looking for ‘Boots’ 🙂

  3. Charli Mills says:

    Great way to blend the logic of Holmes with fantastic possibility.

  4. Pingback: Walking Boots « Carrot Ranch Literary Community

  5. Michael B. Fishman says:

    This was a fun flash and I hope the vengeance-seeking octupus doesn’t devour Mr. Holmes!

  6. Methinks there’s danger afoot! 😀

  7. Michael says:

    Lol, so nicely done.

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