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.
This is another installment of my serial story about the adventures of Sophia Marcus, homicide detective. She is investigating the murder of her police commissioner’s son. You can read the preceding chapters at this page: Detective Sophie Marcus
On now to our weekly prompt. It’s our last Halloween-inspired prompt of 2013, and we can’t wait to see what you’ve got in store for us. Please remember that we are looking for the third definition of our prompt word. Please also note that we need the word exactly as it appears below. No tense changes allowed. Good luck!
Camera clicks and vocies erupted with Kelsey Manning’s announcement. The decade long champion of law enforcement for the city now had his face projected on a wall behind Manning and was announced as the confirmed prime suspect in the murder of his son, Konrad Kord. Manning did not field questions, instead she held up her hands for silence.
When it came she laid out the iron-clad information she felt could be shared without jeopardizing their case. The money tied to Konrad’s trust was the main reason for the commissioner’s fall from grace. Coupled with a demand by an Armenian crime boss that Kord pay his gambling debt of $4.5 million dollars and the pressure being brought by the sleuthing skills of Detectives Welling and Marcus, Commissioner Conrad quickly ran out of chances to evade arrest.
The commissioner’s photo was replaced by that of his chief of staff, Ronald Detter. Detter was a constant companion of Kord, and the weak link was his moves were what clued the detectives into the gambling connection. Even now the forensic department was calling in extra staff to trace back all the electronic ties in the case.
“Mayor Graden wants me to express his thanks to Detectives Welling and Marcus for their devotion to get this matter settled so quickly. He is still in Washington, D.C. and could not be here to join me for this press conference. He also asked me to assure the good citizens of the city their will be a top to bottom review of the entire city police force to assure no other illegal activity is ongoing. He will hold his own press confernce in two days to explain more about his long term plans for the city.
The District Attorney is at city hall as we speak vetting potential candidates to helm the police department until a successor for Commissioner Kord is identified. As of now that is everything we can share with you concerning the case. Thanks for joining us today.”