Monday, February 28, 2011

MAGPIE/ Prompt #55


                                             photo/ willow/ Magpie Tales


THIS PICTURE JUST SAYS MURDER to me. Wondering what Stieg Larsson would have made of it.  I think I know!  Thanks Tess, for endless opportunities, for one more Mag.



THE GIRL WITH THE TATTOOED COMPUTER


Blomquest picked up the lemon.  Carefully.  The red looked like blood, smelled like blood, when no one was looking, he licked it.  Someday he'd tell his grandchildren what it was.

"I'll get you the bloody list of the Bloody Lemon Killers, as soon as I start up this effing computer".  Liss Salamander slammed her fist into her mouth, sullenly bit her swollen lip before she kicked Blomquest in the groin.  He grabbed his crotch and went off to make a pot of coffee.

You couldn't tell by looking at him, but he was relieved to be out of jail.  The permanent furrow on his brow gave off a gloomy vibe.  He pulled his lips back, exposed his teeth.  He always wanted to try smiling.

Three months of staring through prison bars at a frigid landscape, on an island long since abandoned to the elements, didn't change him.  Not much different from his digs in Stockholm.  Except for the coffee.

After Sweden passed an emergency law to imprison writers of interminable mysteries, Blomquest, the dishonored author, had no choice but to surrender.

Salamander finished printing the results.  The photo came up afterwards.  The fork!  No blood on the tines!  That pointed to only one person, the one known as the Red Herring.

Salamander put on a new nose ring to celebrate, pushed Blomquest onto the  bed, and went to make a pot of coffee.



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30 comments:

Kathe W. said...

good one! Made me chuckle!

Lyn said...

Hi Kathe-
Thanks so much..I did have fun!!

Reflections said...

Fun piece. Nicely done.

Elaine said...

"He always wanted to try smiling"
love that line. A good read. A good write.

Brigid said...

Great Magpie, murder and pots of coffee on our minds this week.

Lyn said...

Hi Reflections-
Thank you..Was happy to fool around with this!

Lyn said...

Hi Elaine-
I tried to get into the heart of this..so thank you for your comment!!

Lyn said...

Hi Brigid-
That's what stayed with me after the original..the endless coffee..now that's the mystery!!Thank you...

Helen said...

You did Larsson proud ... and then some!

Lyn said...

Hi Helen-
Thanks..wish he was still around to partake of the wealth!!

thingy said...

Wonderful!

"...interminable mysteries." LOL.

Tess Kincaid said...

Man, oh, man. I can't decide which I like more, your poetry or your prose. This is a great piece. My favorite line? "He always wanted to try smiling." Brilliant.

Lyn said...

Hi thingy-
Thanks so much...yes, a book that could never end!!

Lyn said...

Hi Tess-
Oh my, thank you!! So appreciate your comments..I love poetry, but prose, somethings are born to parody!

Tumblewords: said...

I think he would have loved this - it speaks to his life's work and style. Excellent!

Lyn said...

Hi Tumblewords-
I tried to absorb the essense!!But skewed, a bit...thanks!!

Everyday Goddess said...

that was quite a ride! love it.

Kim Nelson said...

:-)!!!
I saw something completely different:
http://www.kimnelsonwrites.com/2011/03/02/ideal-afternoon/

Lyn said...

Hi Everyday..
Thanks..I did rather like the trip!!

Lyn said...

Hi Kim-
That's what makes the Prompts so terrific! Thanks...

Trellissimo said...

Very nice take-off!

Lena said...

This was excellent, Lyn. Captured the prompt in all it's glory!

Lyn said...

Hi Trellissimo-
Thanks for your kind words..It is the sort of thing that comes up once in a while!

Lyn said...

Hi Lena-
I'm so glad you liked this..it was fun..

Lolamouse said...

Looks like we both had bloody stories on our minds this week! I thoroughly enjoyed reading yours!

Lyn said...

Hi Lolamouse-
Bloody good company, I'd say!! Thank you, m'dear!

Kavita said...

Now THAT's what I call WOW imagination!!! This was a DELIGHT to read... awesome!! Right from the title, I was hooked!! :)

Maannn.. Murder interests me a little too much!! ;-)... Umm...in fiction, I mean :)

Olivia said...

I loved it Lyn!!

What a vivid descriptive fiction you have written here! What with "He always wanted to try smiling"

One of the finest Magpies here..

hugs xx

Lyn said...

Hi Olivia-
Lovely comment..the original book drove me nuts..now I can let go of it!

Lyn said...

Hi Kavita-
Also a great fan of murder!! Fiction of course..Thanks so much...

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