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Weekend Writing Warriors: Red Tide At Morning

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Back to my mystery/thriller Red Tide at Morning.  Former Philadelphia Detective Malcolm Stone, now working as a consultant with the Raven’s Passage PD, is examining a young woman’s body on the beach, and ruminating how something so terrible as murder never happened there in his home town.

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It had been almost ten years since anyone had been murdered on the island.

I’d gotten so used to homicide back in Philly I’d become numb to it.  I’d learned not to be afraid of death.

There’s something sobering about staring down at a corpse.  You keep expecting them to sit up, to blink, to shift and shake themselves off like it was all a big joke.

I shuddered.  Years melted away as I stood there.

The last dead body I’d seen before that morning had been that of my best friend.

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12 Comments

  1. Christina Ochs

    Oomph. Nice job, setting us up for that last sentence. Sounds like there’s some juicy backstory to come!

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    • Steven

      Indeed there is. =D Thanks, Christina!

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  2. Teresa Cypher (@Teresa_Cypher)

    Oh, what a last line.

    Were you a coroner, Steven? If you tell me yes, I won’t doubt it. Great description of his thoughts!

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    • Steven

      Thanks Teresa! And, between you and me, I actually considered leaving accounting to become a coroner for a time, but the urge passed. ;D

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  3. amybraunauthor

    This is excellent. Really, really excellent. I loved how Malcolm reacted to the scene, and I agree with Christina and Teresa– that last line is stellar. It brings the entire snippet full circle, and I desperately want to know more about Malcolm’s past, and how this new murder will affect his future. Sorry for ranting, but I absolutely loved these eight lines.

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    • Steven

      Wow, thank you, Amy, I appreciate that! =D

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  4. JK Candlen

    Great voice and insight. Well done!

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  5. Lorien Lyn

    Terrific job on the setup! I liked that you gave us just enough intrigue and mystery to want more.

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    • daezarkian

      Thanks Lorien!

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  6. veronicascott

    Excellent as always and definitely left me wanting to know MORE. I enjoy your writing so very much…

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    • daezarkian

      Thank you, Veronica! =D

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