neelwrites/fiction/shortstory/whatpegmansaw/150words/06/02/2017

Hammerfest, Norway

2017-01-31

THE RED HOUSE   (150 words)

By Neel Anil Panicker

Inside the house by the corner slope, the man paced up and down in his drawing room, his knee-high steel coated boots furiously tapping into the wooden floors.

His eyes glanced at the clock on the wall__fifteen past two.

He had time though not very much.

He walked over and sat down on the chair by the lone window.

The street outside was a serpent’s tail, bathed in snow.

He watched the river and hills beyond. White was the reigning deity.

Thirteen months of living in Hammerfest had taught Ahmed Assad Hussain alias Philip Mathews__international forger wanted by Interpol for swindling over 200 million Swiss francs__that it would take another two months for the snow to melt.

He turned away and looked at the body lying on the floor.

Senior Detective Walter Smith deserved a decent burial__here and now.

It was the least Ahmed could do, under the circumstances.

(c)neelanilpanicker2017#fiction#shortstory#150words

Written for WHAT PEGMAN SAW GOOGLE STREET VIEW WRITING CHALLENGE https://whatpegmansaw.com/2017/02/04/hammerfest-norway/

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