Dog & Grave Headstone

By Neel Anil Panicker

‘It’s a miracle she’s alive. They almost broke open her skull. I know it’s police work. But still don’t trouble her much.’

Inspector Vincent Pala of Kozhikode Rural Police Station nodded his head as Dr John Abraham walked out of the third floor ICU room of Mary’s Hospital.

As the door closed behind him, the senior cop turned around and walked towards the hospital bed.

He knew he didn’t have much time.

He gingerly flicked open a pocket notebook and pen in hand, directed his gaze at the septuagenarian.

“Mrs. Sebastian, I know this is a very wrong time. But I hope you understand it’s a crime we’re dealing with here.  I will ask you some questions. Blink your eyes once if it’s a yes; twice, if it’s a no? Hope you understand?”

The elderly lady blinked her eyes once.

 “Mrs Sebastian, at the time of the attack you were at your house alongwith your paralytic husband, your eldest son Vinny, his wife Inglieas and their four-year-old child Esther, right?”

She blinked, once.

“Do you know who killed them?”

 She blinked, once more.

Inspector Vincent bolted upright.

“Ok, who’s it?”

“Spitz …”.

Inspector Vincent wondered how he would interrogate a family dog accused of murder.

#neelanilpanicker #sundayphotofiction #flash

Sunday Photo Fiction – May 27, 2018

6 thoughts on “neelwriyes/thisdogbites/sundayphotofiction/flash/shortstory/27/05/2019

  1. He killed those who were trying to attack Mrs. Sebastian?

    Liked by 1 person

  2. On a serious note, dog attacks are a horrific crime, and the owners are usually the ones prosecuted. On a humourous note, ‘paralytic’ in Britain is more commonly used to describe someone who is unable to function because they are completely drunk – which adds a new meaning to your story!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. But in all great crime stories, the first person accused is usually not the culprit, so I have hope the dog is only a red herring at this point. Nicely done Neel.


  4. Mike

    Sounds to me as if it’s the German breeder of the families dog.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Great twist there at the end! Great story.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: