Photo Copyright: Al Forbes
This story was written for Sunday Photo Fiction–March 20th 2016. Each week the host, Al Forbes, provides a picture prompt. The challenge for each member of the group is to write an original story or poem with no more than 200 words and inspired by the prompt.
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Genre: Crime Fiction
Word Count: 5+200=205
CASE OF THE MISSING WIFE by P.S. Joshi
“I tell you, Mable, I haven’t seen his wife for days. There’s something wrong.”
George Mason stared at his neighbor’s house with keen interest. He’d retired and needed something to do, so turned amateur sleuth and watched his neighbor, Frank Cordill.
Mable shoved a pie into the oven. “Your imagination is running wild. I saw Ruth at the supermarket and there were bruises on her face. She must have left him for a good reason.”
“Yeh, well”–George took another look–“let’s see if he takes his boat out this year. The ice has melted now.”
In a few days, Frank hitched his trawler to his Chevy Silverado truck and drove toward Lake Michigan.
A month went by and he didn’t return.
In the paper one evening there was a big headline:
BODY FOUND IN LAKE MICHIGAN. IT’S BELIEVED TO BE MRS RUTH CORDILL. HER HUSBAND IS MISSING AS ARE HIS CAR AND BOAT. ANYONE KNOWING THE LOCATION OF FRANK CORDILL, NOTIFY THE LOCAL POLICE.
George shook his finger. “I told you, Mable. He killed her and dumped the body.”
“Yes”– Mable said as she set the table–“and you’re never, ever going to let me forget it are you?”