This is Charli Mills latest prompt
May 20, 2015 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write about an old mystery in the current time. Is it a discovery? Is it solved? Does it no longer matter, or does it impact innocent generations in between?
We all love a good mystery, which is really a good story at heart. A tale with a twist. What is not to like? It’s a rare treat to read something, particularly a well constructed novel that has such a ‘wow’ twist at the end. I’m still looking I think. As a child I loved adventure mysteries, like the Secret Seven books of Enid Blyton and later the terribly British hero books like John Buchan even if Richard Hanney his main hero was I think South African (or at least had been in Southern Africa, making him the classic outsider). Best of all, perhaps, I loved the Philip Marlowe Books of Raymond Chandler. My current wip, that is going through its final edit, has it’s main protagonist with a voice a little like that of, and as a small homage to, Marlowe. At least I think so!
And so to my flash. And Mary. And there have been enough mysteries in her life already haven’t there?!
Unravelling the knots in life’s knitting
Rupert looked smug, Mary thought but bit her tongue for Paul’s sake.
Rupert took his time. ‘We know you were one of twins. I have found the birth certificate.’
Mary looked up. ‘Sharon?’
Rupert shook his head. ‘Katherine.’
Mary felt a huge sense of loss; she was so sure. Aunt Gloria said it was just Mary’s childhood imaginary friend.
‘Is she’s dead?’
‘It’s not that easy – it’s not an uncommon name – Katherine Johns.’ But he was smiling
‘What about adoption?’
Rupert pushed an official looking slip towards Mary. Paul nudged her, ‘Good grief, go on before we all self-asphyxiate.’
In the story so far – here – we had heard Mary had a twin – from her father, Peter’s affair with Amanda, whose sister Angela also had an affair with Peter and gave birth to Rupert. Mary found all this out after her father died; in a dream she was sure the twin visited her and was called Sharon. She was also sure she was dead. When a body was found in her father’s garden she was sure it was her twin but it was another child possibly the victim of a ritualised killing. Mary is pregnant and still struggling to come to terms with all these revelations.