Short Story: Empty



“The cemetery spread along the area known as Devils Abode. Once sitting on the outskirts of town, the graves now surrounded by the encroaching neighborhoods.

Detective Winston March watched as grave diggers’ slung dirt away from the increasingly larger hole housing the community’s most notorious serial killer, Sid Wade. Three days before, Wade’s sister burst into his office claiming she saw her brother standing outside her house.

He wouldn’t have believed her except for the fact four killings bearing Wade’s signature just occurred in the community. March believed the killings were copycat murders, but Wade’s sister’s obvious fear prompted him to think otherwise. She begged him to disinter her brother, convinced he was alive.

March sensed her shivers as they stood beside the coffin, loath to admit his own apprehension. Her screams filled his ears when the ME opened the plain wooden box, and March’s heart seemingly dropped to his feet. The coffin was empty. 

Word Count: 145


mondays-finish-the-story Written for the wonderful writing challenge, Mondays Finish the Story. Each Monday, Barbara Beacham posts a picture prompt, along with the first line of the story. The stories must be between 100-150 words and must include the given first line, shown in italics in the story.

Special thanks to Barbara Beacham for sharing her excellent photography skills to provide such challenging prompts. Check out the MFTS blog… some great short stories posted. 

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