“This is an open and shut case,” Detective Ron Hayden said.
“What are you talking about?” his partner, Detective Jim Morrisey asked. “We just got here. We haven’t even begun to investigate.”
“Yeah, I know,” admitted Hayden, a chagrined look on his face. “I just always wanted to say that.” Then he asked, “Why is it so cold in here?”
“Because it’s frigid outside and you left the damn door open,” Morrisey said. As Hayden went to shut the door, Morrisey started to look around the bungalow. “This is kind of mysterious,” he said, pointing to the desk in the corner of the living room.
Hayden looked over and saw a clean spot on the desk, free of any accumulated dust. “Looks like there was something here, maybe a laptop computer,” he said. “I see some cables that might have been connected to it.”
Just as he bent down to look under the desk to see where the cables came from, Hayden felt an acute pain from a blow to the head. He lost consciousness for a few seconds and when he came to, he saw his partner putting handcuffs on a guy he was sitting on. “What the hell happened?” he asked Morrisey.
“The perp was hiding in the closet,” Morrisey said. “When you were fishing around under the desk, he ran out of the closet carrying the laptop, hit you on the head with a bat, and tried to run by me. But I tackled him and here we are.”
Hayden stood up, rubbed his head where the bat hit him, and got a big, shit-eating grin on his face.
“What’s with that exulted expression on your face?” Morrisey asked.
“Oh, I’m just so happy,” Hayden said. “This really is an open and shut case!”
Written for this week’s Tale Weaver prompt from Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie, where the prompt is “open or shut.” And for these one-word prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (chagrin), Your Daily Word Prompt (frigid), Weekly Prompts (mysterious), Scotts Daily Prompt (acute), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (exult).