This is a submission for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers, https://flashfictionforaspiringwriters.wordpress.com/2017/06/19/fffaw-challenge-week-of-june-20-2017/, prompted by the photo below, which was kindly provided by Footy and Foodie.
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Lazy Creek Motel
Space in the bathroom was tight for the cop, the medical examiner and the corpse. Still, only two were using air.
M.E.: ‘You identified him yet?’
Cop: ‘Grifter, fleeced old folks for bad repair work.’
M.E.: ‘How’d you find him?’
Cop: ‘Barkeeper reported a drunk flashing the cash, drove off in a pickup with out-of-town plates. Couple hours later I spotted it in the motel lot. Clerk let me in and there this guy was, dead in the shower with a busted head.’
The overcrowding got worse when the detective joined them.
Detective: ‘Weird sonofabitch used to record his marks and how much he made. You find a notebook?’
Cop: ‘No. You think this was a robbery?’
M.E.: ‘Forget about motives. Guy slipped and banged his head. Accident – no question.’
Detective: ‘Guess you don’t need me then.’
Senior Citizen’s Bungalow, next day
Cop: ‘You found $1000 dollars on your doormat?’
Martha: ‘Yep. Same happened to Paulette and Jeffrey.’
Cop: ‘Praise be. You spend it wisely this time Grandma.’