The Case of the Forgotten Two

Street light filtered through the blinds of my office window as smoke curled from the end of my cigarette, resting on the ashtray on my desk. I lifted it to my mouth and slowly drew a breath through it, letting the smooth, calming sensation spread throughout my body. It’d been a long day and it looked like being a longer night.

She’d walked into my office an hour ago, telling me they’d gone missing, asking for my help in tracking them down. It was late, and I’d been ready to call it a night, but with legs like that, how could I say no? I was tempted to do the job for free, because all sense goes out of a man’s head when he’s talking to beautiful woman, but the grumbling in my belly reminded me that I hadn’t eaten a decent meal in days, and besides, this lady could obviously afford my fee.

She threw a couple of grainy photographs onto my desk, stills from a car park security camera. She hadn’t needed to, I knew their type. I’d seen them a million times on street corners, huddled and forgotten, the throwaway trash of modern consumer society.

I opened my desk drawer and pulled out my revolver and a box of ammunition. I carefully loaded six bullets into the chamber and stowed the gun safely in the holster I wore strapped to my chest. I stood and removed my beaten old trench coat from the stand in the corner, slipped it on and pulled the collar high. I took a quick look in the mirror as I slipped my brown fedora onto my head, and gave myself a quick wink.

I stepped out of my office into the night, a trail of smoke following me from the cigarette that hung from my lip.

Rick Spence, Trolley Detective, was on the case.

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Ian Sharman
Ian is a freelance writer and artist. He founded Orang Utan Comics Studio with Peter Rogers in 2006, writes for their Eagle Award Nominated anthology Eleventh Hour and regularly inks for Panini’s Marvel Heroes comic.
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