Landers, California


BLOOD IN THE SKY  ( word count: 150)

By Neel Anil Panicker

Chief Detective Norman Peale skirted the bodies, and stepped out into the cold December night.

His eyes took in the icy barrenness of the Mojave Desert.

‘No tyre marks. No trace of blood. No dwellings for miles on end.’

He turned his attention to his deputy.

‘Sergeant, shoot’

‘Sir, three women and one man, all over fifty. The entry says they came yesterday… were booked for a sound bath”.

‘A what’?

‘Sir,  it is a 60-minute healing session…ideal for relaxation, rejuvenates the dead cells and …’

‘Oh, cut the crap!’

Norman knew the tale.

How some madcap engineer named Vessel had made telepathic contact with Venetians. How those aliens had disclosed him the secret to revive dead human tissues.

His eyes looked upwards at the parabolic dome-shaped structure called the Integratron.

A moment later he barked, ‘Sergeant, let’s go to the airfield. The killer or killers dropped from the skies’.


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