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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Milk Carton Murders 42

 Weekend Writing Warriors Snippet time!

SETUP:We are still in the county sheriff's office where Dave is looking at files and photos pulled from his attic kept from when his mother and father were foster parents to several children. Last week Pepper and Dave come across two group photos of the missing girls taken during a Friends of Foster Families picnic at a local farm, from when Dave was a kid. Pepper leaves the room to make a photocopy of the group shots.


Dave continued  his rummage through the box. He was almost done, and still no baby pictures of himself. He pulled out more from over the years that he could match up with the photos from the foster files, a few of Samantha--but none of Lisa and Rachael except for in the two candid group photos from the picnic of 1987.

Pepper came back in the room. “Okay, a copy for you and a copy for me. Now let’s see what we can figure out.” She sat down next to him and put both of the photographs in front of them on the desk above their photocopies.

“I recognize Samantha," Dave said, "she’s the girl on the cow."


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  1. I wonder is Dave is going to have an identity crisis. Apparently all this years he wasn't who he thought he was.

  2. Do you have to work at it at all, Cindy? Your prose reads so natural. Loved the touch of Samantha on a cow. We used to ride them before we had horses. :-)

    I've been to Warren, PA. There's a factory outlet there. ;-)

    1. Thanks Teresa, you are too kind. Yep, you can tell I set my story in a rural area like where I live. The old cow used for rides, not nervous around strangers that won't get spooked and poop on you!

  3. The horror of the story unfolds so gently. Awesome writing.

  4. Intriguing mystery. You hint at so much in these few lines. Great snippet!

  5. Sounds like it's going to take some time. Intriguing, enjoyable snippet.

  6. O.M.G., Cindy---is Dave a missing child, too?! o_O

  7. I'm getting more and more intrigued by Dave's background.

  8. Yes, I'm with SueAnn, Dave and his own past seem to be an increasingly large piece of the puzzle here. I always enjoy the snippets from this mystery so keep 'em coming! Great 8!

  9. I've been wondering if Dave is a missing child and Sarah asks the question. You amble along with the gentle telling of this horrific crime like a day in the park yet a storm cloud hovers above threatening to burst soon. Wonderful eight. Thank you.

  10. Intriguing snippet. can't wait to read more.

  11. Why no baby pictures of himself? Can't wait for more.

  12. It's great to see you again. Always important to know who's on the cow. :D


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