Detective Story

As the half-light began to fade, Detective Morrisey realized that his investigation, at least for the day, would have to end. Tomorrow will be another day, he thought, as his stomach began to rumble from hunger, having not eaten anything since breakfast.

He knew that there were nuances to this case yet to surface, but if he kept at it, he was sure he could lay bare the relevant facts by knitting together all of the evidence into a solid, prosecutable case to hand over to the DA. Morrisey didn’t want to put his hard-earned reputation at risk by leaving any stone unturned. The ultimate disposition of this investigation required diligence, and he was bound and determined to eschew even a hint of failure.

So he’d go home, have some dinner, a beer or two, get a good night’s sleep, and proceed tomorrow where he left off tonight. Just turning another page in his personal detective story.


Written for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (half-light/hunger), Word of the Day Challenge (fade/reputation), My Vivid Blog (investigation/nuances/knitting), The Daily Spur (stomach/bare), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (determination/eschew/proceed), and The Twiglets (turning page).

FOWC with Fandango — Case

FOWCWelcome to March 2, 2019 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “case.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.

Page 62, Line 6

Teresa, aka, The Haunted Wordsmith, challenged us to “open a book — any book — to page 62 (physical or ebook) and copy line 6. Then use it in a short post.”

44B91B58-0610-4FBE-A37A-3F7F8D94541FThe book I chose is The Neon Lawyer by Victor Methos. I read this book, a free Kindle download, about three years ago and, to be honest, I barely remember it. But following Teresa’s instructions, I opened the book to page 62 and copied line six below:

“We just wanted to talk to you about a case you did the prep work on.”

So here’s my short post. Ready?


Barry was nervous when he was told to report to the senior partner’s office at 1:00 sharp. It was rarely a good sign to be what was commonly referred to around the law firm as being “called on the carpet.” But Barry knew he had to repress his anxiety and deal with whatever consequences faced him.

At precisely 1:00, Barry approached the senior partner’s office. He was surprised to see two other senior lawyers, along with the senior partner, awaiting him. He knocked on the glass door and the senior partner motioned for Barry to enter the office. Pointing to a chair opposite his desk, the senior partner said, “Have a seat, Barry.”

Doing as he was told, Barry sat down in the chair, and despite his efforts to maintain his composure, he could feel the beads of perspiration forming on his forehead.

“Thank you for your promptness, Barry,” the senior partner said. “We just wanted to talk to you about a case you did the prep work on.”

“Are you referring to the McDaniels case?” Barry asked. “Let me explain….”

“No need to explain,” one of the other lawyers said. “Your work speaks for itself.”

“Yes,” the other lawyer said. “The entire McDaniels case hinged on your prep work.”

Barry felt like he was about to pass out. “Is there a ‘but’ coming?” he asked.

“There is, indeed, Barry,” the senior partner said. 9181FAA8-21FC-4AF5-88C8-A3A24819262CHe reached his hand across his large desk. “But for your prep work, we might have lost the case.”


Did you see how I also snuck my one-word prompt, “repress,” into this post?

I Can’t Talk About It

96C66897-5604-4E1D-85AC-E6C77EE48BE3“Brrr,” Jack said as he walked through the door. “I can’t believe how chilly it’s gotten for so early in October.”

“Would you rather it be hot and muggy like it was last month? That kind of weather can quickly deplete any energy you have,” Susan said. “How was jury duty today?”

“There was some issue before they let us into the courtroom this morning. They had us cluster in the hall outside of the room until they got the situation, whatever it was, straightened out,” Jack answered.

“How long do you think the trial will last?” Susan asked.

“I don’t know,” Jack sighed. “The case seems kind of enigmatic to me, kind of puzzling. You know what I mean?”

“No, I don’t,” Karen responded. “What do you mean?”

“Well,” Jack started to explain. “The defendant is this long-haul truck driver, and the ADA is alleging that he….”

“That he what?” Karen asked.

“I’m sorry,” Jack said, “but I just remembered that the judge told us that we’re not supposed to talk about the case with anyone, including our spouses.”


Written for these one-word prompts: Your Daily Word Prompt (chilly), Fandango’s One-Wore Challenge (trial), Word of the Day Challenge (enigmatic), Daily Addictions (deplete), Scotts Daily Prompt (cluster), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (truck).