The dilapidated factory would be torn down once the case ended. Eleven dead in a mysterious fire. I would have liked to get a picture of the fire. Better still, one of the men burning… banging on the door screaming… hands flailing… Could have made good money out of that.

Stepping over rotting planks, I inhale deeply. Charred smell lingers, almost like last weekend’s barbecue. The thought makes me laugh.

A sudden waft and the door bangs shut plunging me into darkness. Groping inside my bag, I pull out the flash light. That’s when I see them, singed, smoky; and as they walk towards me, the flames flare again.


In response to the Friday Fictioneers challenge of 29 September 2017 based on a photo by J. Hardy Carroll.

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