Black Beast Part Three

Anja Thiede By Anja Thiede, 2nd Aug 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Part three of this short story series. The history of the first postcard is explained.

Black Mail

Charles looks down at his wristwatch. It's half past four in the morning. He lets out a loaded sigh, rubs his eyes and walks slowly back to his bed. He climbs in and rests his head on the pillow. He tries to think back to when the trouble began. He can't help but think it must all have started with those wretched postcards.

The first postcard had arrived soon after breakfast on a Sunday morning. Charles hadn't thought anything of it at first. It was just an ordinary postcard with a picture of the Leaning Tower of Pisa on the front. Seeing as all the other letters where bills, he took a closer look at it. On the back was an address, written in plain block handwriting. “582 Morrison Avenue” it said.

Charles thought this address seemed vaguely familiar. As he rode to work the next day, he saw it: a sign saying “582 Morrison Avenue” hanging from a gatepost belonging to a very average looking bungalow. He decided to take a closer look. The name on the postbox read “J. Gregson.” He wondered if that meant something. An anagram didn't look likely, so maybe the address was the important piece of information. Whoever sent him the postcard knows his daily route to work, at least.

It was while Charles was passing the same bungalow on the way back from work that the idea hit him. Maybe it was something about the house itself. If he could get at the blueprint, then maybe he would find something.

All this was running through his mind as he walked up to his apartment. As he pushed the front door open he noticed something. An envelope had been pushed under the door. He picked it and read it. It contained only one line “Find anything interesting at Morrison Avenue?”

Charles threw down the piece of paper and looked around to see if anything was missing, or moved. The first thing he went to was his safe. It was open, and inside was a piece of paper with I.O.U written on it. He felt a little sick at the thought of someone having rifled through his home, and a lot angry at himself for not seeing through it all. He sat down on his bed and thought. Whoever broke in must know his routine. Why didn't they just break in when he was away at work? Why the theatrics? He could think of only one reason. They wanted him to know he was being watched.

They had probably known that he had a safe with a substantial amount of cash in it. Was the cash all they were after, or did they know about the other thing he kept in the safe? Once they went through the contents of the safe, they would find it. They might not realise it's worth, but that was a slim hope. He went and picked up the note, walked back to the kitchen, and picked up the postcard. He thought long and hard about who would do this and why exactly. They knew almost everything about him, but he knew nothing about them. He needed more information. The next morning there was another postcard in the mail.


Black Beast, Part Three, Postcards

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author avatar Anja Thiede

I am a film nut who loves mystery & thriller novels. I guess that's what I'll be writing about, mostly.

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author avatar D in The Darling
2nd Aug 2012 (#)

So intriguing. If you keep the pieces of the plot together, you might be having a great story. Can't wait for the next episode!!!

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author avatar Anja Thiede
2nd Aug 2012 (#)

Thanks for the interst. The next episode will be up sometime next week at the latest. :)

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author avatar Anja Thiede
11th Aug 2012 (#)

Update: Due to writer's block, The next part will be up on Tuesday or Wednesday.

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