Gumshoe Diamonds

The lack of people in the street shown in the writing prompt is a reminder to me of recently imposed lockdowns due to the Coronavirus, let’s not wish for that again. I have been watching a Private Investigator series on television and this was the inspiration for my Friday Fictioneers’ story this week.

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(Please note my book MISSING is free on Amazon for a few days)

Photo Prompt by Roger Bultot.

Gumshoe Diamonds

She is late, and my gum has lost its flavour. 
If I stay any longer, the suspicious early risers will notice.
My bladder is screaming for release, but I’ll give it two more minutes; despite my intestines twisting at my intuition, urging me to leave.
Then I see her. Mai Ling strides towards me, says nothing, and gives me the shoebox. She rushes away and drives off.

As I empty the box onto my desk, I reel back, knocking over my coffee.
My investigation into jewellery theft has intensified since the many mummified fingers have diamond rings attached.

30 responses to “Gumshoe Diamonds

  1. Wonderful closing image, James

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  2. I wasn’t expecting that ending! 🙂

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  3. Wow! That’d be a great full-sized mystery.

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  4. Mummified fingers, didn’t expect that. Gulp. Tough job, great description.

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  5. Oooooooooo

    Fabulous mystery here. I want to know more! Well done

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  6. Yeeks, a bit unexpected to find in the box!

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  7. Oh dear. I wasn’t ready for that. Well done. 🙂

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  8. I hope he made it to the loo before he opened the box or the coffee wouldn’t be the only wet patch on the floor!

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  9. i wonder what’s next? mummified teeth with gold crowns? 🙂

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  10. Ain Starlingsson, forestbathing hermit

    V good build of tension there…well done..

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  11. Creepy. I hope he finds whoever is stealing this jewelry and the other thing too.

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  12. You made me jump with your ending, James.

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  13. Fingers! I mean, figures! Jewel thieves aren’t half as squeamish as the movies lead us to believe. What a tale!
    Pax,
    Dora

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  14. Dear James,

    Now that’s a grisly bit of evidence. Quite the ending. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  15. I’ll hazard a guess that breakfast is off?

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