The Pub that had a past #microcosms #microfiction

This week’s prompt takes its lead from Leonard Cohen and his songs/albums

Crime, Old Ideas, Closing Time

Last Orders


‘I had my first pint here you know.” Ben Arnold ran his hand across the dust encrusted bar and stared at his finger. ‘First shut-in, too. I was all to leave at closing time but Dad stopped me. Who’d have thought the Dog would be the scene of a crime, eh?’

DCI Pete Tripple looked at the Constable sourly. ‘This place was always the pits, Ben. Everyone had a story about food poisoning, beer kept too long, wine bottles exploding.’

Ben smiled. ‘You preferred the Rose, did you sir?’

Cheeky sod, Pete thought. Everyone knew that was a gay pub. ‘Yeah, right. So where are these bones then?’

‘Up here sir.’

‘Who’s doing the forensics?’


‘Great. Save me from the windbag by giving me the short version.’

‘Seems they were pulling down some old walls and these bones fell out. This place is ancient and Matheson has this notion it might have been home to some sort of weird club 200 odd years ago. Some crazy old ideas about warding off evil by burying a body across the threshold or something.’ Ben stopped on the landing. ‘He said the deceased may have been buried alive.’

‘Geez. Mind, if it’s two centuries old, I don’t suppose we’ll solve this one in a hurry.’

From above their heads they heard a crash and a loud oath. Running up the final flight they were confronted by Chris Matheson, covered in dust and looking pale. ‘Another bit of the wall just fell down. Another body.’

‘Bloody hell. They were sickos back then, weren’t they?’

Matheson shook his head. ‘I haven’t had time to look carefully but first impressions suggest this one is more recent. Like within the last year.’

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published four books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars, Salisbury Square and Buster & Moo. In addition I have published three anthologies of short stories and a memoir of my mother. More will appear soon. I will try and continue to blog regularly at about whatever takes my fancy. I hope it does yours too. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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6 Responses to The Pub that had a past #microcosms #microfiction

  1. To be continued – I hope – Geoff? 😱

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Ritu says:

    You can’t leave us hanging like that His Geoffleship!!!!

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  3. Oh, a teaser for the new book? I’m hooked ……….

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  4. willowdot21 says:

    Yes more, more, more!

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  5. Come on Mr Le Pard, you’ve got to carry this one on. Otherwise, a trip to The Rose is on the cards for us! 😀

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