WELCOME TO SIX SENTENCE STORIES
This week’s cue is LINK
By Neel Anil Panicker
Inspector Sharma moved away from the dinner table and was now intently studying a Raja Verma nude oil painting mounted on the walls just above the liquor cabinet, desperately trying to decipher the inexorable link between the kings of yore and their ever pliant subjects.
“What were you doing between the ten and eleven on Sunday night when the murders are believed to have been committed”?
The question seemed to have caught Ram Bahadur by surprise and a shiver of fear ran down his spine; his already droopy old man’s eyes further wilting under the penetrative gaze of the senior cop.
‘I…I…was here Sir, very much here, serving food to Gulati Sir and Madam.’
The air around the curvaceous hall suddenly grew dense as a wry smile formed around Inspector Sharma’s whisker-ringed lips.
The postmortem report had categorically mentioned the Gulatis had not eaten a single morsel of food for at least six hours prior to their violent deaths.
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