Trifecta-Week Ninety- Three – Charm

Monday morning at 10 AM we get another prompt from Trifecta. You don’t know who Trifecta is? It is a group that provides two prompts each week, on Monday and Friday for your fiction writing pleasure. The Monday prompt is geared to fall between 33 and 333 words and based on a one word prompt. Using the third definition from the Merriam Webster Online Dictionary you will put together a fiction masterpiece. Along with the other nearly 100 writers taking the plunge you will create an exciting story for others to read.

With that said let’s get on to the word for Trifecta Week Ninety-Three.

GRACE (noun)


: unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification
 b : a virtue coming from God
: a state of sanctification enjoyed through divine grace
2a : approval, favor <stayed in his good graces>
 b archaic : mercy, pardon
 c : a special favor : privilege <each in his place, by right, notgrace, shall rule his heritage — Rudyard Kipling>
 d : disposition to or an act or instance of kindness, courtesy, or clemency
 e : a temporary exemption : reprieve

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Even with the heavy door closed, Tom and Sophie could hear their captain’s voice as he dealt with the umpteenth call since their news that the commissioner’s son was lying dead of two gunshots in the middle of Keller Street. It was not a bad neighborhood, one to be avoided, but was on the opposite side of the urban center from his home.

The questions mounted faster than the answers could be collected. It was usually this way with all murder cases, but this one was unlike any Sophie and Tom had handled before. The public relations element was going to be horrid. So they were scheduled to meet with Calliope Smulders, the department’s press liaison to go over the finer points of how to handle the press.

“Good morning Callie,” Tom said.

“Your opinion!” Callie snapped as she clicked the mouse and stared at her computer screen.

“Whoa. Where is the usual Callie charm that slays your competition?”

Callie shot him a look that told him he had a short leash, so Tom settled into the chair without another word. Sophie slid into the chair on his right, waiting silently for Callie to finish her work.

“One minute,” the diminutive Smulders said holding a single finger up to accentuate her words. Welling knew her style, she was a no nonsense natural for this job, with grace under pressure even when pushed by the media for answers she didn’t have.

“Okay, we need to do this quick. Basics are as always, no one but our guys get any information. No caddy comments about the victim’s habits. I know you guys spit ball as you work out the details, but this one has to be by the book. Commissioner Kord is a good man, but this is likely to push him the other way.

Have you got anything to tell me about the case?”

 “It’s only been six hours,” Welling commented.

“So stop wasting my time and get out there and solve this thing.”


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About Joe Owens

Can you tell from my writing I love God? I hope so because that is what I want you to know most about me. I am also a writer who loves taking on fiction prompts and crafting a story. One day you will read my work in print. Until then enjoy it here! For free!
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10 Responses to Trifecta-Week Ninety- Three – Charm

  1. Jen says:

    OK, love this story! I need to know more!

  2. joetwo says:

    Good story! Nicely written.

  3. And the plot thickens! Thanks for linking up this week. Don’t forget that it’s community-judging, so head back to Trifecta at the end of the challenge to cast your votes!

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  5. Brian Benoit says:

    Ah, the pressure’s mounting (and Callie’s not helping much). Nicely continued, Joe!

  6. jannatwrites says:

    If only solving it would be that easy. Curious to see how they go about doing it 🙂

  7. chamblee54 says:

    Pardon me for being picky, but did you mean catty when you said caddy? I don’t know why comments about carrying a bag of golf clubs would be considered.

  8. Draug419 says:

    Well she’s certainly not one to test! This is a great continuation.

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