This week’s photo prompt is provided by Enisa. Thank you Enisa!
By Neel Anil Panicker
Tell me Al, what time did you arrive?
“2. 15, Sir.”
You sure about the time?
“Well, 2 pm is lunch time here at the Fire Station. I’d just opened my box when the call came. We’re there in 15 minutes.”
What did the caller say? Did you note his name?
“Said there’s a fire at Clifton House. Didn’t leave a name, but it was a woman’s voice”.
Ok, now tell me exactly what you saw.
“I noticed a blaze. It came from the corner room. After we put it down, I went inside.”
It was then that I noticed the body. But before that I smelled it.”
What kind of smell was it, Al?
“Well, you can’t really describe the smell of charred flesh. It’s like when pork is grilled on the sides, you know. But this was different.”
How different, Al?
“This one smelled worse. Something noxious. It wasn’t that of a freshly burnt human body. It was decomposed. A bloater__that’s what we call it here.”
“Anytime, Inspector Sharma.”
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