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 Category:  Mystery and Crime Flash Fiction
  Posted: August 10, 2020      Views: 27

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A daughter and father are finally reunited.
"Long Lost Introduction" by Kianna Rhodes

Petra stared blankly out of the driver-side car window and watched as the detective made his way to the door. She held her breath as she saw his knuckles rap three times on the wooden frame. Her heart seemed to slow as she waited for her boyfriend Sam to answer the door. To tell him exactly what she knew he would; that she wasn't there. And that he didn't know where she was. She was confident he'd make no mistakes. How could he? When she'd just coached him moments before.

Petra's eyes stung with unshed tears as she painstakingly waited for Sam to answer. She knew this moment would come, but she didn't know it'd be this way. She'd been searching for her birth father for months, unsuspected to her, he was looking for her too. Her mother had succumbed to insanity, with the last thing her having spoken, was the name of her father. Words that she'd wondered if had come too late. Was he even still alive? She'd finally located him working in a small town in Virginia and had watched him for weeks. She found herself engrossed in his daily life. The grocery trips, the house runs, and the flower runs for his wife. She pinched the bridge of her nose in frustration. What was taking Sam so long to answer the door? Her mind reached to recall the flowers his wife liked. White roses, yes, those were the ones. Unbeknownst to him, they'd be the last ones he'd be able to gift her. A wave of sadness washed over her as she thought of the pain he'd endured when he'd heard the news. Petra shuddered as she thought of his grief, how he'd stalled his search for her to deal with his pain. Thankfully he'd recovered, at least enough to continue his search for her. And he'd found her, his presence at her door was proof of that.

She studied his build and the shining pendant of stature pinned to his belt. The opening of the door moved her attention to Sam. She watched as her father introduced himself. Sam nodded his head at the introduction and began their rehearsed story. Petra wasn't there, he had no idea where she'd gone. The news seemed to startle her father. She watched as his face lined in confusion. Nevertheless, he thanked Sam and turned. The closure of the door seemed to release the breath she'd been holding. There was no way she could face him. He would somehow be able to read her thoughts. She felt a tear roll down her face. It would be okay.

A knock on her passenger window broke her reverie. It was her father. With his face grim he signaled for her to roll down her window. Petra reluctantly obliged. "Petra Davis." He said. "You are under arrest for the murder of my wife, Simone Stallwell-Davis." He swallowed and stared unflinchingly into her eyes. "And you will pay for what you've done."

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I had fun writing this. It was spur of the moment for the contest and I think it came together really well!
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