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.”

Thanks Al.

“Anytime, Inspector Sharma.”


19 thoughts on “neelwrites/somethingsmelly/flashfictionfortheaspiringwriters/shortstory/173words/13/03/2018

  1. Another beginning of a murder mystery.

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  2. I was having char-grilled pork tonight – now you’ve put me off!

    Click to read my FFfAW!

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    1. I am sorry. Didn’t mean to. Can we do something about this!

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  3. Burnt bloater – sounds like a murder investigation is coming up.

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  4. Al seems very relaxed about this, as though it’s not the first time he’s discovered a burnt body!! Sharma on the case again.

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  5. michael1148humphris

    Inspector Sharma, this Al seems to know to much for my liking. Great introduction to another case for Inspector Sharma.

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  6. Something smells foul indeed! Seems like the fire was a coverup for something even more terrible. I like how you conveyed it in dialogue, and great title too.

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  7. I never smelled a decomposing body but you seemed to describe it well. Sounds like the fire was a coverup! Great story, Neel!

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  8. Excellent, but Neel, you need to finish these countless murder mysteries that you keep starting and then leave us hanging 🙂


    1. Thanks Anurag. Maybe, i will do that for November, the novel writhing month.
      I have some 20 as of now. How about 20 stories, each 2500 words in length, Anurag?

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      1. Sound awesome. A series of detective stories featuring Inspector Sharma or one of your other detectives might not be a bad idea.


  9. Al seems to know a whole lot and hardly is he perturbed by such gory incident.


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