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    “No. The murderer must have changed the victim’s clothes after slicing him up. The cut wounds are particularly puzzling: deep in the center but increasingly shallow towards the end points. I can’t picture what type of weapon was used.” York pulled off his wire rimmed glasses. He squeezed his eyelids shut and pinched the bridge of his nose between his latex gloved thumb and index finger.

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    York slipped on his glasses back on. “Umm…A psychotic fan? A jilted lover? The Bee Gees?”

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    I flipped open my notebook and attempted to sketch the mystery weapon. Deeper in the center and shallow towards the end points, I repeated the description to myself as I let my pen fly. When I pulled the pen from the paper, a semi-circular instrument with a handle occupied the page. I held the picture up to York.

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    Looking for ammonites on the beach below the castle, he walks through the labyrinth inside his skull, holding the red string. He climbs up through the coral curls that sprout sparks around him as he walks. His fingers pry small shells and stones from the wet sand beaten down hard by wave after wave. Sometimes he looks up at the massive storm-cloud outline of Bamburgh Castle against the sky; sometimes he looks out to the horizon. He thinks, What lies across the channel? And then, What lies, across the channel! How they lie, over there, those Frenchmen, and Frenchwomen… how she lies. Did she really lie beside me? Or did I dream it?
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    The author has been standing on the beach a long time, looking out at the horizon. Now he swings back his arm, and hurls the ammonite as far as he can. It makes a small splash among the waves and sinks.

  8. Karen Crisco says:

    The Best Seller

    She had married Preston shortly after the publication of her last best seller “The End of Knight”. A bawdy tale recounting the adventures of Sir Blazingheart from his misspent youth until his untimely death at the hand of a spurned chamber maid. That single story had propelled her from obscurity to the number one spot for seventeen weeks on a world renowned best sellers list. The residuals and movie rights alone made it so she would never have to write another word again for her daily bread.

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    She was utterly and completely in love. With the proceeds from her novel and the movie residuals they traveled the world for their honeymoon. Preston who had made a tidy sum for himself in the stock market took over the management of his lovely brides seemingly never ending flow of income. Neither one realizing within two years’ time the fountain would dry up.

    She was now fifty; he would have turned thirty at his next birthday. Today was a turning point in her life. She not only found out she was beyond broke but in so much debt she would never recover. She found out most of her money went to support a string of long legged beauties young enough to be her daughters.
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    One strike did it, Preston’s head caved in, blood splattered all over the tiled patio. She glanced at him for just a moment and with the mace still swinging slightly in her hand she walked down the steps that led to the ocean. She felt nothing, not even the hot sand burning her bare feet. She was looking at something on the horizon and continued looking ahead as she walked into the ocean.

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