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The Psychic


We all search. 100 words.

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A rather grim backstory to this short fiction story as it turns out, but a totally humorous and misfitting characters, the funny thing is, sometimes they use clairvoyants for cold case crimes, usually without success, there's a little belief in all people, well done Lee, good luck, blessjngs


 Comment Written 28-Jan-2019



reply by the author on 02-Feb-2019
    Thank you, Roy. Yes, grim, but kind of funny, too. Somehow, a severed hand in a picnic cooler tickled me. And a palmist holding it? I guess I'm weird. Thanks again, Roy. Peace, Lee

reply by royowen on 02-Feb-2019
    Great imagination though
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Hi Lee, I shouldn't laugh and I'm trying hard to keep a straight face. So the police actually took a dead man's hand to a fortune teller? I call that creative investigation. And story telling as well. Good luck. This is just great. I'm smiling. All best. Ulla:)))


 Comment Written 28-Jan-2019



reply by the author on 03-Feb-2019
    Thank you, Ulla. Of course you should laugh. Taking a severed hand to palmist is pretty funny. Glad you enjoyed. Peace, Lee
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A great story. I didn't see the twist coming. I would give it more than six stars if I was able. It deserves a bucket load. Your mind is amazing. I don't know how you continually come up with great stories.


 Comment Written 28-Jan-2019



reply by the author on 02-Feb-2019
    Thanks so much, Thomas. I started with a palmist and a detective. Took me three drafts to come up with the severed hand. But it was there all along. Someday I'll learn how to write! Thanks again. Peace, Lee
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I believe there are detectives who would resort to this last desperate means of finding a clue. Good description of the hand's owner as seen through the psychic's eyes. And the reader finds himself wondering how much she DOES know. Well done, Lee.


 Comment Written 28-Jan-2019



reply by the author on 28-Jan-2019
    Thanks so much, Rod. These short forms are so difficult to keep corralled within the word count. I guess that's why I enjoy them. Every word matters. Glad you enjoyed. Peace, Lee

reply by RodG on 28-Jan-2019
    You are so right about the challenge of the word count. Nice job! Rod
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Not only do you do great, late, reveals, but you usually have a small foreshadowing somewhere toward the beginning. In this case, it's the grinning at the irony of the short lifeline. The vague dialogue preceding the conclusion is wonderful.

I see a contest win in your future.

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 Comment Written 28-Jan-2019



reply by the author on 28-Jan-2019
    Thank so much, Mark. To me, a reveal without foreshadowing is cheating. Flash is sort of a duel between the writer and the author. The latter has to slip a clue in early. The former has to spot the clue and extrapolate the ending reveal. For me, that's the fun.

    I love your prognostication--and support it.

    Thanks again, Mark. Peace, Lee
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Detective Dewey Renko, huh? He's got a good pedigree, following on from Andy Renko in Hill Street Blues and Arkady Renko in the Martin Cruz Smith novels...

Yes, the ending works, although I have a feeling not too many psychics would let it go that lamely - typically they'd offer up more mumbo-jumbo than your 100 word limit would allow!

Nice.

Steve


 Comment Written 28-Jan-2019



reply by the author on 28-Jan-2019
    I'm delighted and amazed! I never expected anyone to get one Renko reference, never mind both. Hill Street Blues created a new path for American TV. And the Martin Cruz Smith novels put a new spin on the waning Cold War. I bow to you, sir!

    Yeah, the word limit is an issue, but I kind of like this quick out--leaving the reader with the visual of the severed hand.

    I like that the psychic wasn't phased by the hand, but insisted on getting her fee.

    Thank you, Steve. You always get it. Renko? You got it twice.

    Peace, Lee

reply by kiwisteveh on 28-Jan-2019
    Actually, I had forgotten Arkady - only remembered when I googled Hill Street to make sure I'd remembered that right. You're right about Hill Street Blues. I can remember clearly when we first discovered it, and what a revelation it was. How many hundreds of later series owe a huge debt to that show?

reply by the author on 28-Jan-2019
    I think Hill Street Blues gave birth to the term 'ensemble cast'--at least in terms of TV. I hope history gives Bochco his due.
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Good luck in the hundred word contest. You did a good job of writing it. The picture you put where that matches very well. Good job. Keep on writing. TA. ";-)

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 Comment Written 28-Jan-2019



reply by the author on 28-Jan-2019
    Thanks so much, Teresa. I'm delighted you enjoyed. Peace, Lee
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