Confusing Cases

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
Entry for the 2019 photo-themed Flash fiction writing contest

Submitted: June 10, 2019

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In August, the discount store on 5th Avenue ran a special promotion on lightweight black wheelie suitcases. Mary MacLeod, housekeeper to Bishop Ramsey, bought one for the Bishop to take on his trip to Chicago. Celine Powell bought hers for the kit she used for her special hotel services, and Kurt Weiner ordered his on the internet and got it sent by parcel post to Boston.  

On the day of the New York marathon, in midtown Manhattan, the bishop became entangled with Celine Powell when he stumbled on the steps to the subway. Celine then later tangled with Weiner as she dashed to hail a cab when he was hurrying along the sidewalk.

In the evening, while the bishop relaxed in his bath, Mary unpacked his case and was flabbergasted to discover assorted lacy lingerie, a bullwhip, and fur-covered handcuffs.

And later that night when Weiner made the trigger call from his cell phone, the suitcase that he’d wheeled along and secreted on Track 1 at Grand Central remained intact. The suitcase in room 3821 at the Mandarin Oriental, however, together with the room’s occupant, his newly-arrived lady caller, and everyone else on that floor were blown to kingdom come.


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