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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Milk Carton Murders 39

Time for Weekend Writing Warriors! This photo is my lake from my Milk Carton Murders World.
In my book it's called Spirit Lake, in reality it is Silver Lake by my house.
SETUP: We are leaving the scene where Investigator Pepper Black tells Dave about the clue found inside the stuffed dog that was in the coffin with six-year-old Samantha.We are back in the county sheriff's office where Dave is looking at files and photos pulled from Dave's attic from when his mother and father were foster parents to Samantha and other children. As always, italics is the "other voice" in Dave's head.


This box of photographs held more promise, they were in the right time frame—even a few of himself as a kid.

What? No baby pictures of you, Davy? That’s weird, don’t you think? 

“It’s not weird,” Dave said, out loud. Dammit—now he really was talking to himself. The first thing on the list when this case was over was to see that shrink.

“I’m sorry, did you say that’s weird?” asked Pepper.

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When three small coffins are unearthed near the Wiscoy Creek during a routine dredging operation, it’s the last thing DAVE ROBERTSON, of the Lamont Weekly Times, expected. Pinned to the skeleton’s clothing are pictures from milk cartons of missing girls.

Dave is stunned to find that one of the girls is Sally―a foster child his parents had cared for through the Friends of Foster Families (FFF) program. Cold case files reveal the girls disappeared over 20 years ago. Knowing his house was the last place he saw Sally alive, he can’t help but suspect his dad.

How can he write the biggest story of his career if his father turns out to be the killer? If the voice in his head would shut up and let him remember, he might figure it out before he loses his mind and his dad is charged with murder.

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  1. I think it's weird there's no baby pictures of Davy...glad someone brought it up. Nicely detailed snippet1

  2. Ha! Answering his thoughts now-aloud! It's definitely weird and worth looking into! Great read.

  3. I'm always fascinated by this story and the ambiguity of whether Davy's a good guy, a victim or??? Great snippet!

  4. Oups oups, he is talking out loud in front of people. And I agree with the voice, that's really weird.
    Welcome back, I missed you!

    1. Thanks Linda. :) I missed everyone too! Lots of veggies to can/freeze plus my daughter's wedding so I was too busy to devote the time I like to hopping around.

  5. Hmm, that voice has me really intrigued, Cindy. Great snippet. :)

  6. The box of old photos is also a good metaphor. Every time I dig through that box I found in my parents' attic I hear voices from the past.
    Nice 8!

  7. Fascinating story, Cindy with the voice in his head, no baby pictures and the terrible suspicion his dad might be a killer. Mysteries to be solved. Thanks for returning to fill us in.

  8. There are so many unanswered questions here. No wonder the poor guy hears a voice in his head. Great snippet.

  9. Yes, I think that shrink is a very good idea . . .

    When did you change your blog theme? I love it! :)

    1. A couple months ago after a melt down. Took a while to find one I liked.

  10. I'm curious to know why there are no baby pictures of him. Hmm...

  11. Yay, Dave's back. Yeah, what's up with no baby pictures? You have me all curious...

  12. Could he have been one of the foster children himself?

  13. I can think of a few less sinister reasons--flood or fire destroying pics, etc. But a lot of bad ones, too.

    If he's hearing voices, maybe he should go for the shrink sooner rather than later!

  14. Oooh no baby pictures of Dave! That must be important or you wouldn't have mentioned it. Poor guy, still trying to deal with that annoying voice in his head! Cindy, I adore this story. I'm the first person in line to buy this when it comes out :D

  15. Uh oh...no baby pictures. Hmm????? Nice little twist, Cindy!

    As always, your dialogue is so natural. And I really like Dave's character. Good 8!

  16. I loved your dialogue. I like that Dave is talking to himself, set up with his dialogue after the thought in his head. Cool approach in doing that.

    Keep smiling,

  17. I like how this scene unfolds... quirky & suspenseful in a way that makes me want to know more about that box.


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