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A Hundred-Word-Story And More For The Writing Prompt Puzzle

Fiction

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A Joke For Fun

Married Man,”Wife is like a puzzle”

Bachelor, “What do you mean by that?”

Married Man, “More you try to fix her, more tough she becomes.”

— ©️ Chirag @2020 All rights reserved

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Termites

A 100-Word-Story

Steve stands staring at the woman’s face with missing eyes and nose.

He sighs while recalling his grandpa’s words before his last breath —

“Steve. I have a secret that I thought I would take it to my grave. But you had been such a nice grandkid that I don’t get the heart to leave you with nothing. In our garden close to the juniper tree, I have buried the jigsaw puzzle of a woman. Solve it. She is real. Find her. The woman will lead you to the grand treasure…”

Termites have eaten away the missing pieces, leaving him broke.

— ©️ Chirag @2020 All rights reserved

Photo by amirali mirhashemian on Unsplash

A Poetry

If my broken heart is a puzzle
YOU are its missing piece —
— ©️ Chirag @2020 All rights reserved

Photo by Lacie Slezak on Unsplash

Murder Weapon
A Short Detective Story below 400-Words

Detective Brown drums his fingers nervously on the table.

He has to solve the murder mystery of Ms. Helena Smith.

The divorced woman had been on vacation with her three best buddies to Maldive’s beach resort but was murdered on the same afternoon. She was stabbed on her neck while having fun with her friends in the swimming pool.

Luckily, Detective Brown was also on vacation to the same resort and was present near the swimming pool with his wife. Still he couldn’t take eyes off one of the most attractive friends of Ms.Smith. Only the screams of the victim brought him back to senses. He jumped into the pool in no time but too late…She was gone.

He searched the pool for the murder weapon, found nothing but dirt.

One of the three friends should be the murderer but who? Where is the murder weapon?

Detective Brown takes a notepad and a pen to solve the puzzle.

He scribbles the names of the women on a paper.

Ms. Helena Smith
Ms. Anna Mathew
Ms. Sylvia Buckminster
Ms. Sarah Livington.

He strikes off the victim’s name and the last two names.
̶M̶s̶.̶ ̶H̶e̶l̶e̶n̶a̶ ̶S̶m̶i̶t̶h̶
̶ ̶M̶s̶.̶ ̶S̶y̶l̶v̶i̶a̶ ̶B̶u̶c̶k̶m̶i̶n̶s̶t̶e̶r̶
̶ ̶M̶s̶.̶ ̶S̶a̶r̶a̶h̶ ̶L̶i̶v̶i̶n̶g̶t̶o̶n̶.̶

It’s impossible for Ms. Livington to murder her friend while the detective was staring at her like a hawk.

Detective Brown saw in his lateral vision, Ms. Buckminster swimming too close to Ms. Livington.

His suspicions are strongly rooted on Ms. Mathew who was swimming close to the victim. But to arrest her, he needs strong evidence. Above all, he should find the weapon of murder. What could be it?

There was no possibility that any passerby took away the weapon because Detective Brown made sure none of the customers including his wife walked near the pool.

Detective Brown massages his head for it seems to explode in pain.

He serves himself a cup of hot coffee from the thermos flask.

As he screws back the cap of thermos, a memory flashes.

Ms. Mathew was carrying a thermos like a marsupial.

The puzzle is solved.

Detective Brown scribbles down the name of the murder weapon —

Ice shard. Ms. Mathews had it hidden in her thermos.

The murder weapon had melted away…

— ©️ Chirag @2020 All rights reserved

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