Saturday, May 24, 2008

Wordzzle #14

This Week's Ten Word Challenge will be: flamingo, monster trucks, Darth Vader, cucumbers, sugar-free, banking, determinate, thurible, sarcasm, drums

Mini Challenge: procrastinate, memory lane, alley cat, argument, Florida

"The Alley Cat Murders"

Sgt Johnson looked down at the plastic pink flamingo by the front walk. It looked out of place standing so stately and upright within the tumble of toy monster trucks, Darth Vader masks (complete with light saber) and various children’s toys. He followed the adjoining side path to the small garden patch replete with ripe cucumbers and melons.

As he stepped through the back porch door into the tiny addition that served as a store room, he noticed the upended case of sugar-free cola from the local discount store. Johnson was banking on finding more evidence here at the victim’s home than what he had worked with on the Heller case; the determinate factor on that investigation having been Heller’s political leanings and off beat personality. Who would have thought she’d had become a thurible to the anti-war effort. Her untimely death at the hands of a neo-fascist gang, the sarcasm with which the news of her death had been met and her body found stuffed in the band’s drums were just part and parcel of the bizarre elements in her disappearance.

Sgt Johnson was glad to be back from the north. Once home he’d had little time to procrastinate or take a trip down memory lane. Instead, he’d been reassigned immediately to the “alley cat” murders” and he had left without argument for Florida the next day after returning home.

When the evidence led local police to believe they had an interstate serial kidnapper and killer on their hands he was called in. Of course it had helped that the latest victim was a very well known and high profile individual.

He walked down the central hallway, exited at the front door and started looking at the crime scene for the second of what would be many times. He took a picture of the yard flamingo and wondered. What was wrong with this picture?


Dianne said...

I'm intrigued! Have you set it up to continue the case? I've always found plastic lawn ornaments to be ominous.

Great story rich!

Richard said...

I admit to having an attraction to gnomes and pink flamingos; on other people's lawns!

My wife would never allow them in any of our yards and that's OK. I plan to put some things in our little patch of woods at some point.

I am undecided about the case. Sgt Johnson's schedule is very busy in the summer. For some reason the hot weather brings out the serial freaks he is tasked with tracking down.


Raven said...

Oh, I do hope we hear more about St. Johnson and that he solves the mystery. I have mixed feelings about yard ornaments myself. A friend of mine was terrified of gnomes at one point and then we met a gnome-maker (really - I'm not making that up) and wanted to get our own gnomes. Never did, but... Excellent wordzzle as always. Hope the new job is going well.

Richard said...

Thanks Raven, I will continue as I'm able. I have a feeling we haven't heard the last of Sgt Johnson.


Akelamalu said...

I love your wordzzles, they always leave me wanting more!

Jay said...

I'm guessing that the flamingo he took a picture of is going to lead him to a very disturbing piece of evidence.

Great Wordzzling Richard!

the teach said...

Oh Rich you're gonna leave me there? Oh Dear! What's going to happen?

Richard said...

akelamalu: Thanks, next week we'll see what the intrepid Sgt can figure out.

jay: are you truly guessing or trying to influence the Sgt's investigation?

Mary: Patience professor, please. These things take time to resolve.

Thanks for reading yall.


Raven said...

Richard, Jeff - you both mentioned having trouble finding out what thurible meant. Thought I'd put you out of your misery. No idea why that word popped into my head when I was picking words for last week. I apologize for being so obscure. A thurible is the same thing as a censor. It's a hanging incense burner thingy and priests (or somebody) will sometimes walk down the aisle swinging them. Here's a better description.

Jeff B said...

There's some kind of note place in the flamingos beak isn't there?

Enjoyed that story.

Richard said...

raven: Thanks; when I looked it up it seemed like a secondary definition was sacrifice and that's what I used.

Jeff: if only it were that simple.