BEST SERVED COLD    (99 words)

PHOTO PROMPT © J Hardy Carroll

PHOTO PROMPT © J Hardy Carroll
By Neel Anil Panicker

“George Clifton, the 65-year-old owner of Clifton Estate was found murdered today, his throat slit with a sharp edged weapon. This is the very Estate  where 20 years ago…”

Bhura switched off the television set, struck a match, and watched as the newspaper cutting  burnt to ashes.

Its contents read, ‘Allahabd Police have discovered the body of an around 25 year old woman, from inside Clifton Estate. The partially burnt corpse bore several knife wounds. A postmortem report confirmed rape. A three-month old child, believed to be the woman’s, was found beside the body whom the killer/s left unharmed.’

(c)neelanilpanicker2017 #fiction #short story #99 words

This is in response to the weekly FRIDAY FICTIONEERS CHALLENGE HOSTED BY the amazing Rochelle at


18 thoughts on “neelwrites/bestservedcold/fiction/shortstory/FF/99words/23/03/2017

    1. Thanks for the courtesy, Henrietta.


  1. I think a debt has been repaid in kind. Chillingly so,

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    1. Yes, absolutely so. Thanks Sandra.


  2. Dear Neel,

    A dish served cold indeed. One could call this justifiable homicide. Well done.



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    1. Absolutely. Thanks Rochelle for the appreciation.


  3. Revenge served cold. Excellent work.

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    1. Revenge is a dish best served cold. Thanks Lain for your appreciation.

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  4. Dale

    Oh that gave me chills, Neel! Brilliantly done!

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  5. i wonder if bhura had something to do with it.


  6. michael1148humphris

    A great who done it,


  7. Fitting title. The old mansion certainly inspired many murders this week.

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  8. I like the title — 20 years cold, in this case. I just hope Bhura was right about who murdered his (her/) mother, or this could turn into an entirely different kind of story…


  9. Twenty years means it was a very cold dish! Great story.


  10. A dish served cold… I hope the police son’t add one and one..


  11. Lots of unanswered questions here!


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