The Curious Case of the Purple Pussy

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
A different kind of whodunit?

Submitted: September 10, 2014

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The cat Tim sat abjectly beside the welsh dresser in the dining room of his house at 26 Marple Lane, he ignored completely the gawping stare of the five goldfish in the their tank above him.

To the casual observer his bright purple fur and the contrast of a yellow collar would have indicated some type of child's toy. The occasional twitch in his tail quite effectively dispelled this illusion. And then one could see the glow in his eyes as his family had assembled.

Three children occupied the sofa, various degrees of effecting cherubic innocence washed across their faces as yet not quite tempered by whatever crime they might be called to protest their innocence of.

Mr Jenkins waited silently in the corner, a strap of leather hanging from the pocket of his brown corduroy trousers.

Mrs Jenkins held her chin thoughtfully, she tapped her index finger against her cheek three times before addressing the usual suspects.

''Where were you all at 10:35 this morning?'' she asked.

''I was bouncing up and down on the bed in the Master bedroom'' responded the first child Thomas.

''I was stealing blackbird's eggs from the sycamore tree at the bottom of the garden'' said the second child Richard.

''And I was buttering an orange and ginger scone in the kitchen'' replied the third child Harold.

The whole court grew silent, the goldfish stopped their endless pursuit of endurance swimming and drifted their way gawpingly to the edge of their tank. The cat Tim licked a paw. Mrs Jenkins narrowed her eyes as she slowly surveyed her young brood. With a twitch of her skirt she announced the verdict.

''Father; escort Richard up to his bedroom. Everyone knows that Blackbirds make their nests in the hawthorn''


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