Black Rags


“What am I looking at, detective?”

“It’s a picture of the mother and father, sir.”

“So they liked each other’s spits. I see it. How does a shot of them necking helps us understand what happened to the victim?”

“The father is the one with the… interesting hair, sir.” The detective leaned closer towards his boss’s desk and tapped the photo with a calloused trigger finger. “This one is the mother.”

“Baby Jesus on a T. rex, look at the scowl on her face. Was this after the victim was born? And, detective, who took the shot?”

“No to the first, sir.” The detective filled his lungs with determination. “And my gut tells me that answering the second will drag the killer out of the shadows.”

“Get dragging then.”

The detective grabbed the picture and walked out of his boss’s office. His heart was trying to low-crawl up his throat. What if the captain had asked if there had been anything else? He didn’t mind getting creative with the truth, but straight up lying to his boss was a ballgame he didn’t play.

It can’t be helped, he thought. There was digging to be done before telling his boss that the baby’s eyes had been replaced with two rolled up black rags. “Pre-mortem, detective,” he heard the medical examiner’s words echo inside his skull.   


Note: “Black Rags” takes place after “Neglect” (128 words). The reading order shouldn’t affect your understanding of the storyline. But I suspect that reading both will add to the experience. 

for Magpie Tales 250
photograph by Robert Doisneau 

42 comments:

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    1. I just saw your eyes open wide and your lips shaped into a surprised "Wooo"!

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  2. I remember really liking 'Neglect' and I like this one too. These are the kinds of stories that I mostly read, dark realism.

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    1. I thought you'd like this one. The tone is very similar to that of "Risqué" and "Heat". Hm, I'm not sure if you've read the latter... Here is the link, in case you haven't: http://pagan-culture.blogspot.com/2013/08/heat.html.

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  3. Great, your imaginative story has told me my smiles !!

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    1. The beginning of my work is done... ;-)

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    1. This seems like a proper reaction. *cough*

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  6. What the imagination! Really, his hair looks very suspicious... :)x

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    1. You just made me laugh. Thank you!

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  7. "Baby Jesus on a T-rex!" is now my favourite expletive. I shall use it constantly.

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    1. I laughed so hard when I typed that. I might have to use it, too.

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  8. The one with the interesting hair is hot!

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    1. I'm enchanted by your focus.

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  9. Love Mr Beret's disapproving scowl. I guess he's not getting kisses any time soon. And nice to see a follow-on to Neglect, continuing in the same harrowing vein.

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    1. He does look like he has a problem with the whole face-sucking business. I wonder if he'll do anything about it...

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  10. Whoa! Pre-mortem. Certainly grabbed my attention! Your imagination is incredible!

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    1. Language is such a wondrous thing. We can say so much with a word...

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  11. This is a chilling tale.. What a grim reality - pre mortem.... Shiver.

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  12. I like the voices of the characters--made me laugh. Then the end. . .yikes, well, I'm afraid to read more now.

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    1. I didn't think about when I wrote it, but I think you are correct; the voices of the characters (the captain, in particular) soften the narrative. Then the end is sort of a hammer in the face... Ouch.

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  13. Who are these Kronians that devour their young ?
    Hope you are well , Magaly

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    1. We shall discover them together...

      All is well, thanks for asking. Is now to read you around here. ;-)

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  14. Hmmmmm - Am I correct in observing that the "scowling mother" is not the one being kissed, then? Jealousy is an ancient and powerful motivator.

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    1. You are correct. And the lady looks rather pissed, indeed.

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  15. Oh my!!!...thought it was going to be about fashion....*I wears black rags*.....does the "victim" get justice??? XXX

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    1. This story is all your fault. Since you sent me that article (after I wrote "Neglect"), I've known that this baby needs to get justice... one we tale at a time. We'll get there eventually.

      There might be fashion along the way.

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    2. I was so deep in thought, head in that dark WTF area where black mould and midnight creeps over a reader... And Gina, Gina, Gina, you f-ing kick the door in and hit the light switch... You are one hilarious no-nonsense force of energy girl, cracked me up, and to think it was inspired by a story you had shared after 'Neglect'... Both deep tales with even more questions to be answered, moving slowly, towards a justice only Ms Wicked is able to enforce. Fabulous!!!

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    3. I read that article so many times. I've always known that I can imagine some pretty terrible things, but my goodness! what that woman did was more horrible for its veracity. I haven't been able to stop thinking about the siblings, too. What happened to them after this? I tried doing research after the article, e-mailed the newspaper and everything (yes, I might be a tad obsessed), but they didn't get back to me.

      After a while, I told myself that if the world won't give me the answers, then I will have to build a word where the characters can create their own. *baring teeth*

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  16. Hmmmm. Seems dark, darker than black rags. Might have to re-read.

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    1. When there is dark at the surface, darker is usually the case after we look deeper... or not.

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  17. *shivers* well done and always a treat...

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    1. Shivers are good for rebooting the yummy thinking box. ;-)

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  18. Pre-mortem! Is it similar to a rewind? It's good to keep them guessing! Great take Magaly!

    Hank.

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    1. Now, I'm kind of guessing, lol!

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  19. I thought I left a reply to this! *grumbles* Anyway...good gods Magaly! I need to hear more, just to make sure the monster that did it doesn't go running around to do more.

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    1. "...good gods" and really bad people, huh? I believe you are correct, this thing needs to stop. I wonder who will ended...

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