Here we go Weekend Writing Warriors. Another week closer to Christmas. This week my house filled up fast. Family has come down from California and North Texas, and still not everyone is here. I usually have my mom visiting this week, but COVID prevented her from making the trip. Our boys braved the trip, however. So, this past week has seen our house filling up with testosterone and Carolyn and Audrey are now swimming in it.
It is refreshing for me to have family here, having a difficult past couple of weeks. Family always seems to give me a recharge. I have been pushing myself to get to this week, the one week I look forward to every year. For those of you who don’t know, our family gets two Christmas celebrations. One when my mom comes out during the second week of December, and then the traditional December 25 celebration. Our children love it, even as teens. Heck, even I as a 45 year old love it. Remember this is my favorite time of year.
Yes, I do take the real reason for Christmas seriously, our Lord Jesus Christ and his birth. Our children fully understand and respect it. But they also understand the importance of family and that after God, family comes first.
I hope you have some family traditions and understand the real reason for this season. But without further ado, let us get on with this week’s snippet. Last week we left Grady showing his theory to Masters and we left off on a cliffhanger. That is where we pick up our scene.
Here is a bit from last week:
Masters picked up another photo. Twenty-six-year old male, mechanic. Same scars same set up and positioning, same blood poured over the scene. Then another; thirty-three-year-old banker. His story was the same. The final photo was the oldest, the first of the collection. The female was just a bit different than the rest, maybe she was the first, a bit of first kill jitters, but still masterful.
“You see it?” Grady asked. “The difference? What’s missing?”
SYNOPSIS — UPDATED:
Detective James “Grady” Gradiosa, is a Savannah, Georgia detective who recently transferred from Atlanta. He relocated after his wife, Elizabeth, was promoted with her real estate firm. He is placed under the charge of Lieutenant Daniel Masters, a gruff 27-year Major Crimes veteran. They are immediately handed a case that will change their lives. Grady is the first to see the abnormalities. But will the rest of the team listen in time? There is a murder on the loose in South Georgia. For some reason, the killer leaves their final victim alive just before committing suicide by cop. But why? Masters and Grady must find out before it’s too late and the killer strikes again.
Masters looked down at each picture, then up to the screen. “The chair. It’s the only thing in the Nelson photo that’s not in the others. Otherwise, the scenes are identical.”
“Right, and the files say nothing about a chair either,” Grady said.
“But that doesn’t mean anything,” Masters said. “He could have moved it back to where he got it.
“Or it was never there in the first place,” said Nettles. “Sorry, just covering every base.”
“No, I completely agree. I know we need to keep an open mind. I have done my fair share of chasing wild geese. Whether Tanner has a connection with these cases remains to be seen. I just know I have a gut feeling that I need to pursue,” admitted Grady.
“So, the two key elements here are the chair and the missing weapon,” said Masters. “We know the reason why the chair was there was because, if Tanner is our killer, he never had the opportunity to move it. But that doesn’t explain the missing weapon.”
“We combed that place high and low, there was no weapon to find,” explained Mesa. “The knives we did find we bagged and tagged and sent to Evidence.”
Grady interjected, “But none of them could have caused straight-lined cuts like what we see in the photographs, they were too dull.”
“So, Tanner would have had to dispose of the actual weapon before the officers entered the room,” Masters said.
“Boss, again we turned that place inside out. There was no weapon. He would have had to toss it out a window or something.”
“Did you check out that possibility?”
Nettles was silent for a moment, “Well, no.”
“Then we need to head back and check the windows. All stones, Nettles. All stones. Anything else?”
“Not until tomorrow,” said Grady.
“Well, it’s getting late, and we need the final forensic report on Nelson anyway. Then we’ll know if his wounds are consistent with these other cases,” Carmen said.
“Okay, everyone. Let’s call it a day. Meet back here at ten. We should have something by then,” instructed Masters. “Nettles, check those windows on your way in.”
It’s the dang-on missing murder weapon. Where could it be? Maybe Tanner tossed it out the window before Clarke and Ryan entered the room? It’s the only real explanation. Or is there another?
This has been a real adventure with everyone. Next week will be the final snippet from this Work in Progress and the close of my snippets for the year. I will pick up something at the beginning of 2011. Not sure what I will be doing then yet. I want to thank everyone for following this WIP and for all the advice, I have taken notes and will definitely take each one to heart as I go through the editing phase.
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