Mystery and Crime Fiction posted November 16, 2019 Chapters: -1- 2... 

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A strange death requires outside help.

A chapter in the book Among Us


by Thomas Bowling

“Sheriff, Deputy Hutchins here. I know you're off the clock, but you're gonna want to see this. I'm at Dorian Cooper's house. She's been murdered. There's blood everywhere. I could use your help.”

“I'm on the way.”

Ophir, North Carolina was a small town on the edge of nowhere. Nowhere being in the Uwharrie National Forest. Ophir United Methodist Church was the only church in town so you were either a Methodist or you weren't. Sheriff James Dodge was a Sunday morning Methodist. He had been the Sheriff for six years. During his tenure, there hadn't been a serious incident.

When Sheriff Dodge arrived at the crime scene, three cruisers and a forensics van were in the yard. It revealed how big a deal this was. Ophir had only three cruisers. Deputy Hutchins was pale and leaning against her cruiser. The Sheriff smelled vomit and gave her a wide berth. “I can't go back in there, Jim. It's really bad. I didn't know people had that much blood in them. This has got to be Sam Kilburn's work.”

Dodge stopped at the front door and put on a pair of blue, paper shoe guards. He found the victim face down in a large pool of blood in the kitchen. The coppery smell of blood overpowered the smell of freshly baked apple pie. The three-man forensic team headed by Gordon Taggart was bagging evidence and putting yellow crime-scene tape across the entrances. Gordon was kneeling over the body of an elderly, heavyset woman. She was wearing a plaid dress and a white apron. Flour coated her hands. A cat was licking blood off the floor.

Sheriff Dodge waved at the lead investigator. “Hi, Gordon, got anything for me?”

“Just a lot of blood so far. I haven't found any wounds on the body. Don't ask me where all the blood came from.”

“Where's Jerry?”

“His wife's in labor. I told him to take the night off. I wish she would hurry up and drop that kid. This is the fourth time she went to the hospital this month.”

“Did you check for bite marks?”

“Do you think Sam did this?”

“Sam didn't do it. I'm thinking maybe a copy cat. Vampires don't kill unless we're hungry."

To be continued . . . 

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