Harry Zetter – Chasing Red Silent – 2018 A to Z Challenge – Day 26

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For the 2018 A to Z Challenge my topic is a new book about one of my recurring characters in the weekly flash fiction invitationals I frequent, a top flight detective named Sophie Marcus. Sophie is a single woman in her late thirties who is running from a demon.

 

 

Harry Zetter liked working with new people who hadn’t become jaded by the politics and bureaucracy of the police department anywhere, including in Charleston, South Carolina. Sophie came to him as clean of that as anyone he’d met, so he made sure to indoctrinate her the right way.

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Harry spent every moment they had to spare filling Sophie in on what he felt was wrong with the department in Charleston. But he did it with a constructive tone, obviously an opinion built through careful examination and plenty of thought. Sophie appreciated the insider’s tour of things she might not have assembled with years of experience.

Captain Willis noticed the coaching by the wise questions Sophie opposed during their meetings.  It was confirmation that heir pairing was going as he intended.

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SORRY TO GIVE A SHORT CHANGE ON THE BACK SIDE OF THIS A TO Z, BUT MY JOB CHANGED AND THE TIME TO DEVOTE SIMPLY SLIPPED AWAY.

 

 

 

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Xavier Willis – Chasing Red Silent – 2018 A to Z Challenge – Day 24

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For the 2018 A to Z Challenge my topic is a new book about one of my recurring characters in the weekly flash fiction invitationals I frequent, a top flight detective named Sophie Marcus. Sophie is a single woman in her late thirties who is running from a demon.

 

 

Finding new people to improve your department is the goal of every person in a supervisor position. Few people in this role have a good connection upstream to the collegiate or training organizations who can offer such candidates. But Captain Xavier Willis of the Charleston, South Carolina police force was one who did. Thanks to a familial bond of a sister married to the instructor known as simply Quetsch he got the news of the talented young detective in training known as Sophie Marcus.

Willis saw just as quick as most what an exceptional find she was and quickly put her to work with his most senior detective, Harry Zetter.

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“Marcus and Zetter,” Willis said just before he closed the daily meeting of the detective corps.

“Present,” Zetter said, once again generating laughs across the room. He had a way of lifting the mood no matter what, simply by his presence.

“You two are making the entire department look good these days. Fantastic work on the Martin case.”

Scattered applause accompanied Willis’ words, which Zetter met with a dramatic bow.

“I taught her everything I know,” Zetter replied.
“. . .which took three and a half minutes,” Sophie chimed in to roaring laughter from the entire room.

“Wow! I am mortally wounded,” Zetter said with the back of his hand pressed against his forehead in mock distress.

“Alright, enough of that,” Willis said, working to hold his serious expression. “Hit the streets!”

 

 

 

 

 

Detective Tom Welling – Chasing Red Silent – 2018 A to Z Challenge – Day 23

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For the 2018 A to Z Challenge my topic is a new book about one of my recurring characters in the weekly flash fiction invitationals I frequent, a top flight detective named Sophie Marcus. Sophie is a single woman in her late thirties who is running from a demon.

 

 

There was no stampede in the Portland P.D. for a partner when Sophie landed there. Word travels fast in all closed environments and the assessment that she was damaged goods had an extra impetus as it rolled through the station house. Only those detectives in a position of high seniority had the luxury of choosing their partner. For Tom Welling the seniority divide hit just right or just wrong as the case was.

Welling was sympathetic to Sophie’s situation, a fact he would not divulge to anyone on the force, but it was because his mom had mental troubles. He knew ho people would rush to judgment, basically marginalizing anyone they felt was too different from them. However the truth of Sophie’s experience conversely made him like her more.

 

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Tom watched Sophie as she scanned the crime scene pulling from all her senses. He knew he was learning a new way of analyzing crime just by being in her presence. Perhaps it would make the difference like nothing else had when he tried for Senior Detective. He was aware that being her partner made him more visible if she would fail, but so far that was not the case.

He made sure not to stare when he felt like she was going to look his way. Sophie needed to have someone believe in her from the department and he was willing to give her that. But she was somewhat fascinating to watch as she processed her thoughts.

“Oh no, you’ve drunk the Kool-aid too,” a female patrol officer said when she slid in beside him.

“Officer Padilla, how’s life treating you?” Welling said, ignoring the dig at his partner.

 

 

Umbrella Shopping – Chasing Red Silent – 2018 A to Z Challenge – Day 21

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For the 2018 A to Z Challenge my topic is a new book about one of my recurring characters in the weekly flash fiction invitationals I frequent, a top flight detective named Sophie Marcus. Sophie is a single woman in her late thirties who is running from a demon.

 

 

The first time Sophie ever got to buy a present for her mother was when she was seven years old and her father took her shopping for a birthday present. Sophie was adamant that only one gift would do, a Hippopotamus pattern umbrella like one her mother had when she was a child.

Their journey for this purchase was to a local antique store Sophie frequented where she would spend hours rummaging through pieces of the past. Her mind catalogued every item she ever saw and when the thought settled that the umbrella was the right gift it was as good as set in stone.

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Sophie slowly made her way down one aisle, then another and finally a third before she stopped and peered into a jumble of items. Her father stood with the owner who smiled as he watched the young girl at work.

“She says it is in here,” Elijah told him with a doubtful tone.

“If Sophie says it is here, it is!” the store owner replied.

They could hear grunting coming from where the seven year old worked and shortly thereafter they saw the beaming smile as she made her way toward them with her treasure. In her hand was exactly what she described, an adult sized umbrella with the hippopotamus design like the one her mother had years ago.

“How in the world . . .” Elijah began

 

 

 

 

Dr. Emma Tauscher – Chasing Red Silent – 2018 A to Z Challenge – Day 20

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For the 2018 A to Z Challenge my topic is a new book about one of my recurring characters in the weekly flash fiction invitationals I frequent, a top flight detective named Sophie Marcus. Sophie is a single woman in her late thirties who is running from a demon.

 

Emma Tauscher never really imagined herself a shrink to a station house of patrolmen, investigators and police brass, but she couldn’t argue with they pay, nor the hours. Sure there was occasionally a call at the odd hour, but only if a horrific crime scene overstressed the tough cops resolve. By and large she was a daylight doctor, which couldn’t be much more perfect. It allowed her to indulge in her favorite sport in her one person sailboat.

Out on the water she found the peace she so often sought for others in her official capacity. No one knew she had her own mental care professional on speed dial, her college roommate from Penn State. They performed the professional service for each other to prevent having to share with someone they didn’t know. Perhaps her college professors might state the obvious, that they were stacking the deck in their favor, but so far the arrangement was working perfectly.

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“Let’s call her Sidney,” her friend said as adjusted the sails to capture the now burgeoning gust to her right. The sailboat lurched roughly, but soon was slicing through the water with great speed.

‘I like it,” Emma nodded, pushing her sunglasses back on her face to cut out the glare of her new heading.

“So Sidney is very good at her job, but she has some baggage?”

“Yes, Maryanne, baggage is a great description. More accurately though we can acknowledge it is more like a lethal stalker.”

“For real?” Maryanne asked, the surprise evident in her tone.

“I’m afraid so. He has latched on to the poor girl and feels they have this sick connection.”

“Sounds like you have work for a while with this one Emma.”

“I think so too.”

 

 

 

 

Sophie – Chasing Red Silent – 2018 A to Z Challenge – Day 19

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For the 2018 A to Z Challenge my topic is a new book about one of my recurring characters in the weekly flash fiction invitationals I frequent, a top flight detective named Sophie Marcus. Sophie is a single woman in her late thirties who is running from a demon.

Sophie Marcus loves the water. From the moment she visited Charleston, South Carolina for her job interview she knew she always wanted a home address where she could smell and feel the ocean breeze. The culture of a city on the water was probably what enticed her the most. All the water craft and associated goings on seemed to draw her in. It was a major reason she landed in Portland, oregano when she realized she had to flee Charleston for her own sanity’s sake.

Her favorite place in Charleston was The Battery. In Portland she was still seeking the locale that would give her the same feeling of peace and serenity. Of course Red Silent’s legacy made finding any kind of peace or tranquility elusive. Sophie hated he was so deep in her head. Doctor Tauscher said he was only as powerful as she let him be, but that seemed pretty powerful to her.

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Sophie was lost in a moment, one from her last days in Charleston. It was shortly after Red Silent appeared at a crime scene hours after another victim was reported. She didn’t see him of course, no one did, but he made sure they knew he was there. It was an eerie photo of Sophie and Tom assessing the scene taken from a vantage point to unprotected that she would have easily spotted him had she been looking. Red Silent was like that, he wanted you to self-doubt every step you made/

If only she could use his arrogance against him. But how? She knew Doctor Tauscher would vehemently oppose such a plan. So would Captain Redmond and certainly her partner Tom. But no amount of counseling or protection would give her the freedom from this demon she sought. No. Only defeating him and putting him in a hole somewhere would accomplish that.

Sophie could only imagine a faceless person behind bars, but it was enough to bring the faintest smile to her face.

Red Silent – Chasing Red Silent – 2018 A to Z Challenge – Day 18

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For the 2018 A to Z Challenge my topic is a new book about one of my recurring characters in the weekly flash fiction invitationals I frequent, a top flight detective named Sophie Marcus. Sophie is a single woman in her late thirties who is running from a demon.

Red silent is the kind of enemy who has become completely consumed with his pursuer. Only by a quirk did he even cross paths with Sophie Marcus, but now he is fully invested in destroying her. The influence of Doctor Tauscher in reassembling some of Sophie’s sanity was at first maddening to Red Silent, but with time he came to accept it as a piece of the process to extend his fun.

 

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Some would call his behavior obsessive-compulsive, but that would be wrong. Red Silent was a in control of his mental acuity as anyone in the mortal world. It was what made him so dangerous, and so difficult to capture. No he knew exactly what he was doing and he enjoyed with every fiber of his being.

There was no perfect crime, everyone had made that perfectly clear. Prisons were full of foolish folks who claimed to figure out the whole equation. Even Red Silent knew eventually he would make the mistake to land him either behind bars or in a graveyard. He accepted that, knowing it was his lot. Would it be Sophie though? How perfect that would be. Experience with her proved she had a conscience, the type that could be her ultimate downfall.

 

 

 

 

 

Quetsch – Chasing Red Silent – 2018 A to Z Challenge – Day 17

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For the 2018 A to Z Challenge my topic is a new book about one of my recurring characters in the weekly flash fiction invitationals I frequent, a top flight detective named Sophie Marcus. Sophie is a single woman in her late thirties who is running from a demon.

During Sophie’s time at the Georgia Law Enforcement Academy completing the intensive Detective Training course she experienced plenty of challenging exercises by an instructor known simply as Quetsch. In truth Marvin Quetsch was convinced no one could come through the academy with enough charisma to affect him because as a three decade veteran in law enforcement he truly had nearly seen it all. But when Sophie’s magic began to show in her work he found himself captivated. It was when Sophie easily solved his unsolvable crime that his interest reached its peak.

Quetsch found himself digging through ancient notes from decades before, looking for more challenging scenarios for this detective prodigy. Sophie remained equal to the task, still beating the established marks for each arrangement Quetsch tossed her way. No matter the cadet partner Questch stuck her with Sophie flourished. Before long when it was time to pair up Quetsch had to assign away from Sophie rather than with her as everyone wanted the coveted spot.

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“Cadet Marcus!” Quetsch said when he answered on the first ring.

“Sarge!” Sophie said matching his sarcasm.

“You couldn’t handle the heat of the right coast so you bailed for “Easy Town” huh?”

“I needed to get away from your stink Sarge,” Sophie said while a broad grin found her lips.

“So, New York Times, Sunday the 24th, 3:02, you?”

“2:55 Sarge, you’re getting slow.” Sophie knew this would get under the man’s skin. Even during her time at the academy competing over who could solve the Sunday crossword in the New York Times was a rivalry.

“Ok, Miss Smarty Pants, 48 down, March 19th edition. French word for bean soup?”

“Easy Sarge, soupe de haricots 

“Damn baguette eating winos ! Hey Marcus, hang in there. Don’t let the freak win, you hear?”

“Gotcha Sarge.”

 

 

 

 

 

Penelope Penright – Chasing Red Silent – 2018 A to Z Challenge – Day 16

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For the 2018 A to Z Challenge my topic is a new book about one of my recurring characters in the weekly flash fiction invitationals I frequent, a top flight detective named Sophie Marcus. Sophie is a single woman in her late thirties who is running from a demon.

Penelope Penright is one of only four women in the Department of Detectives in the Portland Police Department, but she is the Queen of the Roost. Sophie begins to upset this balance upon her arrival when she solves cold cases with regularity. A byproduct is a sudden increased workload for Penelope.

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“She is not even active!” Penelope groaned to her detective friend Liz as they leaned on a nook near the coffee machine. “I mean she is just throwing the whole system into chaos. Lord knows what she will be like if they ever give her real cases.”

“You’re right,” Liz agreed.

“I mean I heard she cracked up out there,” Penelope said jerking her thumb back over her shoulder to indicate she meant the other side of the country. “What if that happens here? Our guys or the two of us could be in jeopardy.”

“Mm-hmm.”

The women hushed their talk when they noticed Sophie and her partner, Tom Welling approach. What they didn;t know was their little alcove was one of those quirky architectural marvels that basically broadcast sound for a great distance. Not only had Sophie and Tom heard them, the whole detective pool caught every syllable.

“Don’t listen to her. She is just steamed because you are cutting out her time to stream her soaps!” Tom said gently elbowing Sophie as they passed.

Tomorrow we will revisit Quetsch, Sophie’s challenging Georgia Police Academy instructor and see the special connection they share at this point in Sophie’s career.