Avery Trudge and Murder: Episode One

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Avery Trudge and Murder: Episode One

It was a dark yet clear night, but in the city life, and therefore light, teemed. People rushed about their business; late night shopping, partying, crime (though this was largely done in darkness), among other things. But who were these people? Women, men, certainly, but also shoppers, and partyers, criminals…

In a darker, but definitely still light portion of a city, there was a bar. In this bar were, of course, people, and among them was Avery Trudge, sipping his drink. Alone. As usual.

“An atrocious opening and a jab at my social life? Are you trying to kill potential readership?”

Yes.

“I… What?”

Before any other actions could possibly take place, a woman walked up to Avery and sat down on the stool next to him.

“Felicia. Always a pleasure.” Avery said.

The woman, Felicia Spatt, looked at Avery gravely. “I doubt that. However, I do require your assistance.”

“Really? What for?”

“I discovered a body, quite dead, in my apartment. I need you to fix it.”

“Splendid. Give me ten minutes?”

Felicia slid a wad of cash across the counter, towards Avery. “Now.”

“Of course.”

The drive to Felicia’s apartment was silent, save for the tapping noise of Felicia’s fingers drumming on the seat beside her.

“Would you please stop that?” said Avery, briefly turning back to glare at Felicia.

“If I must.” Felicia’s fingers fell still, and she looked out the window to her left. “Nearly there.”

“Great.”

Three minutes later, Avery parked his car in a fortuitously–

Oh, are you using big words now?

–empty space directly outside Felicia’s apartment and got out of the car. Felicia followed suit, then walked briskly up to the building and let them in. She kept up the fast pace as she and Avery climbed the stairs to the fourth floor.

“So, how did you find the body?” Avery asked, breaching the silence.

“It’s in my living room. It wasn’t exactly a thrilling discovery.”

“Right.”

More silence.

I think they get it.

Not when I don’t narrate it!

“We’re here,” Felicia said as she pulled a key out of her trench coat. She unlocked the door and opened it, gesturing for Avery to go first.

Avery tentatively stepped through the doorway and groped at the wall next to him for a light switch. Finding it, he flicked it and the room was bathed in light.

“Felicia? There are two bodies here.”

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