Hammerfest, Norway


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.



12 thoughts on “neelwrites/fiction/shortstory/whatpegmansaw/150words/06/02/2017

  1. Such a devious tale Neal! Loved it.

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  2. Great tale. He will have to move on before the detective’s colleagues come looking for him.

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    1. Yes, Iain and, pretty fast at that. Thanks.

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  3. Dear Neel,

    At least Ahmed has some conscience. He certainly can’t keep the body lying around the house. Good one.



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    1. Yes, Neel, if that may be a called a saving grace at all. Thanks Rochelle for your appreciative comments.


  4. Enjoyed that. Thanks for following my blog. I hope you enjoy your visits.


    1. Thanks a lot Quiall. THat was very lovely of you to say that. I will have more look in at your blog.


  5. ooooooo
    more, please.
    such a nice crime piece….

    with great descriptors – like this “He watched the river and hills beyond….”

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    1. Thanks Prior for your lovely appreciation.

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      1. my pleasure and good day to you….


  6. Perhaps a burial in a snow berm will work. No one will find him until spring? Great take, Neel.


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