Friday 18 September 2009
GAME, SET 'N' MATCH - by Col Bury
This piece of flash won the August One Word Challenge over on Writers News Talkback forum...
GAME, SET 'N' MATCH
It was a simple plan, for a simple man. If things worked out there’d be no blood on my hands.
Andrea originally joined the Tennis Club after Cheryl had told her what ‘great fun’ it was. Six months on and Cheryl’s hubby made her quit, but Andrea’s appetite for the club grew stronger somehow.
Initially I was pleased she felt slimmer, fitter, though the fees were somewhat steep, credit crunch and all. But I noticed, despite her new zest, our love life had died.
Being a cop, I decided to investigate. And sure enough: advantage Dempsey, a poser if ever I saw one.
More like ‘Dirty-love!’
And so I was set to serve my ace with plenty of top spin. I considered delivering Dempsey my best backhand, but that wasn’t nearly enough. So I volleyed his head and ironically he made quite a racket. Especially when I smashed Andrea’s racket into his nether regions.
‘New balls, please!’
Andrea had just left his flat. I’m forensically aware, remember, plus my alibi was concrete. Motive-wise, Andrea’s the jealous type and Dempsey was rampant at the club. The next court she attended wasn’t half as favourable to her.
Game, set and match.
Col Bury is currently writing a crime novel and his ever-growing selection of short stories can be found here on TKnC, A Twist Of Noir, Six Sentences, Blink Ink and Flash Fiction Offensive. His Mum once told him his writing was really good. He blogs and interviews crime authors here: