By Grant Fieldgrove
Whereas on holiday along with his kinfolk, Archie witnesses a homicide that no-one turns out to think truly occurred. With the suspect being a well-known Hollywood big name and a corpse that has been dragged into the sea, now not even the neighborhood police are prepared to assist.
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Someone is lighting a lantern there, too, bending over the flame, a human form but indistinct in the distant window. The woman in the lane carries herself with dignity, and she isn’t wearing the shabby apron and wooden sabots of the village. Her cloak and long skirts stand out against the violet snow. Her hood is edged with fur that hides all but the white curve of her cheek. The hem of her dress has a geometric border of pale blue. She is walking away with a bundle in her arms, something wrapped tightly, as if against the cold.
He has worked most of the afternoon, stroking in the walls of the lanes, positioning the stark trees, measuring the road, waiting for the ten minutes of winter sunset. The woman is an intruder, but he puts her in, too, quickly, noting the details of her clothes, using the failing daylight to brush in the silhouette of her hood, the way she bends forward to stay warm or to hide her bundle. A beautiful surprise, whoever she is. She is the missing note, the movement he needed to fill that central stretch of road with its dirt-pocked snow.
Did you know that what you attempted to do the other day was reported in the papers? I didn’t see the article myself, at the time, but someone’s just given me a clipping. ” He looked away. I persisted. ’ ” He laughed suddenly, a surprisingly sweet sound. “That’s accurate, in a way. ” He nodded. “And you fought back. ” This time a new expression came over his face: it was grim, and he bit the corner of his lip. ” “It was a painting of a woman, wasn’t it? ” I asked as suddenly as I could. ” His response was equally sudden.
A Touch of Danger by Grant Fieldgrove