Wrongly Accused

00D8BC20-CF5B-4D27-80D1-5478FE636335I, Fandango Fivedotoh, have been wrongly accused of the murder of Lady D by Inspector Li. As I will explain in this deposition before Police Captain Rory, all of the evidence of my alleged act is speculative and circumstantial and I am being framed for a heinous crime that I did not commit.

Lady D, the victim, was putting on a big fashion show at the Mount Vixen Ski Resort, where I happen to be skiing naked, as I am won’t to do, on a few occasions since arriving here with my wife, who is doing a stand up comedy show at the resort. As a strong proponent of naturism, and as someone who spends most of his time in the altogether, I do not follow the fashion industry and have no interest in fashion shows. In fact, I had never even heard of, much less ever seen, Lady D. What possible reason could I have to murder her?

Inspector Li claims that my wife, Britchy, had been victimized by Spacey, who was charged but never prosecuted. And while it’s true that Spacey did victimize her, that was many years ago and she is so over it. But Inspector Li claims that I “went off the deep end” when I heard Lady D on Poddy’s podcast bragging Spacey up. The inspector alleges that I decided, upon hearing that podcast, to serve up justice cold.

The inspector then claims that I had seen Ms. KK out on the biathlon range and knew she had a rifle. While Ms. KK was in the lounge, I allegedly slipped her key card out of her purse and took her rifle from her room. My plan, the inspector further alleges, with no evidence whatsoever, by the way,  was to “take out” one of the pro-Spaceys in town. The morning, after I heard the podcast, Inspector Li claims that is when I decided to target Lady D. And so I supposedly slipped into town and climbed the tower in Town Square and waited for my opportunity to shoot and kill someone I’d never heard of.

First of all, I never listen to podcasts. And why would I choose to listen to a podcast with someone who is a fashion aficionado when, as a naturist, I have zero interest in fashion?

Second, where is the physical evidence? Has the rifle allegedly used in the shooting been found so that it can be checked for fingerprints? No, it has not.

Third, the resort’s lodge has security cameras all over the place, including the lounge and the sleeping floors. Show me any tapes where I can be seen stealing a key card from Ms. KK’s handbag or entering into her room. There are no such tapes.

And fourth, I have airtight alibis, having been seen by many on the slope the night before and relaxing in the hot tub when this crime took place.

There is no physical evidence whatsoever that would justify my arrest. No murder weapon, no fingerprints, no video tapes, nothing. Not even a motive, since neither my wife nor I care about Spacey. Nor do I listen to podcasts, give a shit about fashion, or know who Lady D was.

The fact is, Captain Rory, that you put a lot of pressure on Inspector Li make an arrest and to close this case. Who better than a naked skier and the husband of a stand up comic known for her raunchy jokes? We are strangers and we are scapegoats. I am being set up to take the fall for a crime I did not commit. You have no basis to hold me and I demand that you release me immediately.

I rest my case.

Open Mic Night

D9391701-8F66-4F04-8157-08EFC51B3622“He’s definitely in his element, isn’t he?” JoAnne said of her boyfriend, Bob, who was on stage for open mic night at the comedy club.

“Well, he’s always been kind of a smart alec, hasn’t he?” Ed said. “So yeah, he’s right where he belongs, cracking jokes and in the spotlight.”

“If I didn’t know better, Ed, I’d say that you sound a bit jealous,” JoAnne observed.

“I am, actually,” Ed admitted. “After all, I used to be Bob’s mentor back in the day. I had accumulated a large mass of great jokes and one-liners. And I had an ample following of loyal fans, too.”

“I didn’t know you used to do stand up,” JoAnne said. “How long ago was that?”

“Oh, it’s been years since I last got up on stage, JoAnne,” Ed said. “I’m in my sixties now, my twilight years, as they say. So I’m living vicariously these days by watching my star pupil strut his stuff. And the boy is damn good, too.”

“You were a great teacher, Ed,” JoAnne said.

“It’s more that he has the right stuff, JoAnne,” Ed said.


Written for these one-word prompts: Your Daily Word Prompt (element), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (smart), Word of the Day Challenge (mentor), Scotts Daily Prompt (mass), Daily Addictions (ample), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (crepuscule). Please note: I had never heard of the word “crepuscule,” so I Googled it and learned that it is a rarely used synonym for “twilight.” So rather than awkwardly trying to fit in “crepuscule,” so I substituted the more common synonym.