Examined

Library - interior.

“So how do you want to handle this?” Mike was tired. This was the third woman they’d found. Beaten, filthy, with ligature marks from being chained. And always with their throat savagely cut. It was a tough case. He had a sister about the same age as these girls and he hated to think it, but she fit the profile – in her twenties, blonde, tall, athletic and living alone. He was planning to give her boyfriend a call and ask him to stay with her until this was over. He knew she would be furious with him for making that call, but he didn’t care, he wanted her taken care of.

Mike’s partner, Amanda, looked over at him. “Let’s go see the ME, maybe she can give us something new on this girl”. She could see that this one was hitting Mike hard. It was tough on all of them. While they weren’t in a small town, there was still a sense of community here, and things like this always hit hard. Mostly because they were so rare. They had pressure from the media and were all working overtime to close this one.

They headed to the basement and met Maria who talked them through the particulars of the condition of the body. Mike always found this part difficult. The ME seemed so clinical, just seeing a body, but Mike had met this girl’s parents and friends, had seen her room, her photographs, her favourite things. She was more than just a case. She was Juliana, college student, working in a bookstore to cover some costs, her family so proud of her and so devastated by this vicious loss. He’d spent quite a bit ofΒ time with them, having met them a few weeks ago when they’d come in to report her missing.

“Mike, did you see that?” He shook himself and tried to focus. Maria was leaning over Juliana’s right side, peering down at the inside of her elbow. Needle marks again, so many this time, and in both arms, which was different to the others. “Have you run a tox screen yet?”

The ME nodded. “Results should be in this afternoon. I hope there’s enough of the drug still in her to give you something this time.”


For Andy’s Dark Side Thursday.

Two stories on this flight! Yes!! (I wrote this last weekΒ with the previous story, Hopeful, all part of the same ongoing story). Finally I’m starting to work on the backstory and other characters, complimentary scenes. What are your thoughts on this one?

x desleyjane

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  1. andy townend says:

    Thank you for a very clinical contribution to dark side thursday and I love that you are thinking of the back story, characters, scenes, I too am struggling with my own plot which seems now to have developed a terrible shape of its own despite my attempts to use Scrivener to tame the monster… πŸ˜‰

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    1. desleyjane says:

      But how do you tame a stone monster Andy?!?! Thanks, I’m working on it πŸ˜‰ I think I will finally get Scrivener now that I seem to have some backstory happening.

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      1. andy townend says:

        More on the stone monster in due course… ;/)

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        1. desleyjane says:

          I’m sure πŸ™‚

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  2. I have said it before for your contributions for ‘Dark Side Thursday’ and I’ll say it again. You are an incredibly talented writer and leave me wanting more. You have a book in your future!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Wow Lisa, thanks so much. The trouble is, I have to set up my office on a plane LOL.

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      1. We will call you ‘ The Sky Writer’ ✈️

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        1. desleyjane says:

          Ha! Thanks, love it!

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  3. brittabottle says:

    I read this over my lunch break yesterday and I must say, it made me feel a bit queasy while eating. That’s a compliment, mind you. So detailed in the creepiest possible way!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Oooh, thanks Britta! And my apologies πŸ˜‰

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  4. Ooh, fabulous follow up! I’m pondering whether this is the same girl from Hopeful or someone different in an ongoing series of grisly murders?? Only time will tell… I like these two new characters too!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks Stacy πŸ™‚ Yes it’s ongoing. I might put them all together in a single post one day…

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      1. And from there, a book! πŸ‘πŸ»

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  5. DJ, this is as good and equally as compelling as anything I have read lately! Awesome job!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks so much Terri. That’s such a lovely thing to hear.

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  6. DJ, How’s your flying schedule looking like?
    And have you considered writing this not only on Thursday but daily?
    Listen to me, please, your follower… a follower is like a client, and the customer is always right, right?
    So, you can fly daily (I love the idea of Lisa, The Sky Writer), and write daily.
    I need a daily dose of your writing, because this story is excellent.
    Is that a deal?
    This is fabulous writing.
    PS. My horse is obsessed with saving one of the heroines. LOL.

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    1. I agree with luciledegodoy…write daily! So glad I found your work! πŸ™‚

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      1. desleyjane says:

        Oh thank you so much.

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