A Description of Oliver Ryde's Home

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Mystery and Crime  |  House: Booksie Classic
this is an extract from a crime novel i am writing. it gives a description of Oliver's home and place of work as well as his general state of being.

Submitted: April 26, 2016

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Submitted: April 26, 2016



Oliver Ryde’s apartment was situated on the third floor out of seven. He had chosen it very meticulously as it suited he needs perfectly. Its location was on the cross point of three major train routs and five Bus routes, giving him brilliant access to all of the city. Being on the third floor allowed a speedy exit if required but also being high enough in the building so as to put off unwanted visitors from disturbing him. His apartment was a studio, taking the full meaning of the word as a description. It had two rooms in which Ryde inhabited. The first being the main living area and the second could be considered a wash room (as it contained no bath). The main living space was not that of the orderly way Ryde kept himself, but instead could be best described as a mess.

The kitchen unit was messy and cluttered with pots and pans that, had been cleaned, but had not yet been put away as well as a large pile of unopened tin food in the corner of one of the counters which accounted for most of the man’s diet. In the very corner, next to the oven was a small and drab single bed where Ryde slept. Like the rest of the room, it was unmade and contained only one cushion and duvet as well as a small number of cuddly toys.

Moving round the room was a medium sized wooden desk which had on it, and around it, papers. It was clear that the paper was of a special size, compeered to the normal sizes used by most people. In the far corner, behind the desk, was two piles. One was made of parcel boxes inscribed with “custom sized paper, 500 sheets” which nearly stacked to the roof and the other was only half the size of which was clean and unused paper out of the boxes ready for use. On all sides the desk was stacked high with papers and all were seemingly in unorganised pies, others had been pinned to the wall. On closer inspection of these visitors noticed that some the papers, both on the wall and in the piles had ribbon connecting the together, the ribbon was in different colours. This was so that they could be distinguished in type of connections that they had with others. There were no filing cabernets anywhere.

The final area was the most interesting of all. It was the main sitting area and contained two sofas as well as a small wing back armchair which was Ryde’s favoured place to sit. On the last wall was a large book case on which lied volumes of various descriptions, DVD disks as wide a variety as the books and most importantly of all, several trinkets from previous cases. On the side agent the wall, flanked by the Sofas and armchair was a small television set which was covered in dust. It was not used regularly and even when used, not touched.

As if this was not strange enough, in the middle of area was no coffee table, but a train set on the floor. It was quite extensive in its system with a central oval and lines going under the sofas where trains were stored. Some visitors sometimes tried to move the tracks to make room for their feet, but to no avail. It was nailed to the floor.

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