Lightning Storm: The Task

“Maris!” AJ looked up, hearing the sharp tones of her captain echoing through the halls of the precinct. She sprang up from her desk immediately and hurried over to his office.

“Yessir?” She enquired, entering the room. Noticing the room’s other occupant, she greeted him with a nod. Her friend and mentor, Lou Fields, reciprocated the gesture.

“I’ve just had one of the patrol cars call in a homicide. I do believe that your job description says something about them.” Theodore James’ normally stern voice held a modicum of morbid humor, the kind that only those who had dealings with death on a daily basis would be able to understand.

“Yessir.” AJ remained by the entrance to the room, ready to begin her work, but curiosity as to her friend’s presence halted her progress out the door. “Lou?” Her voice held the unasked question.

“I’ve decided to retire.” Lou announced, his voice quiet and uncertain. He glanced at AJ tentatively, waiting to see how she would react.

AJ shifted a well-practiced mask of indifference, tempered by a hint of kindness, over her face, effectively hiding any misgivings she felt about the loss of Lou. “So you’re finally doing it? Congratulations, Lou. Let’s talk later. I have a murder to solve! Captain.” She nodded in her superior’s direction and headed out the door.


Lightning Storm: The Call

“Please state your emergency.”

“I just heard a shot!” Stephanie Bond trembled, afraid for her life, as she wondered at the operators apparent placidity in the face of such a horrendous disaster.

“Would this be a gun shot?”

“Yes! At least, I think so! It sounded just like on TV!” Stephanie’s nerves seemed to be giving way to an excitement founded in her, rather obsessive, love of procedural dramas.

“Where are you now?” The operator asked.

“I’m in my apartment, the address is 680 East 77th street, between 2nd and 3rd. I’m in apartment 16F. Is someone coming to help?” Stephanie’s eyes lit up, her eagerness to be part of a real life mystery momentarily casting a fog over the more disturbing elements of said mystery.

“Yes ma’am. I’ll send someone over right now!”

Lightning Storm: A Mystery Novella

Hey everyone! I don’t know if there’s anyone out there to actually miss me, but I’m back!

In order to keep myself motivated (as well as warm up for the last big push on my novel) I’ll be posting a little project that I’m working on here as I finish sections of it. It’s a mystery (my first one) and I’m just playing around with the genre… It’ll end up being pretty short, and updates wont be that long either. I figured that a short and easy project would be best for the spring time.

As always, I love advice, so let me know if you have any opinions!

I’ll start posting later today and will add some more every Friday as well as other days if I have the time…



For all you fantasy writers out there, this is really great!