Avatar Author: Bob Liddil I am an author of science fiction, general fiction short stories, poetry, and non-fiction. I have been published in several genres, including fantasy and poetry, as well as non fiction. At one time I published my own c... Read Bio

The waterfront can be a deadly place. Sailors fresh onto land, fallen angels looking for a dollar or two, the desperate, the lonely and the murderous all come together in swirls of monochrome. Shadow and light work against each other when cool wet pea soup fog rolls in off the bay.

Doyle MacKenna walked the waterfront beat in the clear or in fog. This had been his world for thirty years. He thought nothing could surprise him until he heard that scream, the scream that ripped the heart out of the night.

By the time MacKenna got to the crime scene, the victim was long dead. She’d been gutted from neck to navel by something beyond sharp that slashed in parallel lines and cut deep into her abdomen. It was the worst crime his beat had ever seen.

Retirement three months later did not treat MacKenna kindly. Though no longer a cop, he still came down to the docks on nights when the fog rolled in. Hoping for a clue, he walked his old beat, past strangers and angels, searching the shadows for a monster.

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  1. Avatar ElshaHawk (LoA)

    pretty noir feeling with the fog and the mystery.. Kinda gross too, her gutting. It had to be something that would stick with him though, to make him retire. I think it may stick with me.. I hope this doesn’t show up in my dreams!

  2. Avatar Sir Bic

    Bob, cool wet pea soup fog ? Quit showing off, will ya. – []o)

    This story fits the challenge theme very well. It’s very dark, hazy, and foggy and has a “lack of color”, indeed! Except for the pea soup, but that’s a bland, drab color besides. Good job.

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