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The Red Herring in a Basin

Random Word Drabble Challenge Day 165 Word Is Basin & the Genre Is Mystery

Stephen Dalton
Fiction Shorts
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3 min readJun 13, 2024

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Sherlock Holmes looking into an old chest — Created using Bing AI image creation tool.

A drabble is a work of fiction, a full story in exactly 100 words, no more, no less. I hope you enjoy it. Please scroll and read for at least 30 seconds. Claps, highlights, and comments are optional but very appreciated.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the renowned author of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries, couldn’t believe his eyes. He had found a red herring bobbing in a large basin. It had to be a clue.

Upon closer inspection, he discovered it was a cleverly crafted, fake fish. Inside, a hidden compartment was a key and a cryptic note: “Unlock your greatest mystery.”

Intrigued, Doyle rushed to his study. The key fit perfectly into his father’s old chest. It clicked open, revealing a thick manuscript titled “The Final Case of Sherlock Holmes,” signed simply, Moriarty.

But how had it gotten there, and when?

For this drabble, the random word to build the story around is “basin.”

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Stephen Dalton
Fiction Shorts

Stephen Dalton is a retired US Army First Sergeant with a degree in journalism from the University of Maryland. Top Writer in Investing, Business, & Bitcoin!