20080126

Sixteen Sanguine Splashes

by Rachel Green

They never did find Grandmother's body, though there was so much blood splashed liberally around the manor that she couldn't possibly still be alive. That's what the police inspector told my mother on the day they arrested Daddy on purely circumstantial evidence. The bloody knife, the argument over his inheritance and his gloves at the scene of the crime all had perfectly reasonable explanations but link them together with the brutal murder of an old lady in her own home and the jury had their own idea of what two plus two added up to. Inspector White of the Laverstone Constabulary was apologetic about the state of the house, for the day before we moved in Mother had to enlist the help of Mrs. Blesset and Mrs. Jarvis from number fourteen to help her clean. The site of all that blood wasn't suitable for a child to see, they said, even if I was nearly twelve so they gave me tuppence for ice cream and told me to go and play in the park. I sat at the top of the slide and watched them empty bucket after bucket of red water down the outside drain, knowing they'd miss the stain in the cellar where I killed her.

6S

Rachel Green, author of Burned Out, is the chronicler of the demon Jasfoup.

10 comments:

Stephanie said...

Beautiful, evocative writing, Rachel.

Adam J. Whitlatch said...

OOOOoooooOOOOOooooOOOOOooooohhh!! Chilling!! I absolutely love it! I was waiting for a twist and damn did you deliver! I look forward to reading more like this.

Leatherdykeuk said...

*bows low*

Thank you kindly, both :)

Anonymous said...

Wow! This was so well written- grabbed me from the first word and had me literally jaw-dropped at the last three.
This was fabulous!
I want more.
Thanks.
caccy46

Joe said...

Wonderfully composed and executed, if you will. ;D One of the great sixes of all time. The only 'crime' is that I didn't write it! Great job, Rachel.

Madam Z said...

What a precocious child that little 11 year-old is! And what a clever writer Rachel is.

Leatherdykeuk said...

I am humbled by the praise. Thank you all. *bows*

Baby Island said...

Ohhh, fun fun Sunday night reading!! I definately want to see more from this 11 year old!

austere said...

And then?

Great read.

margery said...

nice in general but commenting to say: GREAT NAMES!