The Best Laid Plans

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“Attention!” Broderick tapped his glass with a spoon. ” The estate is under lockdown until the authorities determine the danger has passed.”

The entire gathering gasped. Melinda glanced at her diamond watch. “I need to be home by eleven for Fifi’s bedtime,” she complained.

“Darling,” Helene said soothingly, “apparently there has been a murder, so we must put up with a little disruption until they get it sorted out. After all, the villain could come after one of us next.”

Broderick harumphed. “Let’s not drive our guests into hysterics, Helene. I am sure the murderer had a personal grievance with Cookie that has nothing whatsoever to do with us.”

Sebastian remarked, “I think the hunt for the culprit shall pose quite a challenge as several at the table were terribly upset at the way Cookie crafted the asparagus en croute.”

“It was just a flesh wound!” the detective announced from the doorway. “No need for further alarm.”

“Someone stabbed our cook?” Helene asked.

The detective waved that away. “Not cut. She was bitten cruelly by a savage beast.” He pulled a tiny snarling dog from the pocket of his overcoat and held it far away from his body. “Anyone know whose monster this is?”

“Fifi!” Melinda ran over to grab her pet and kissed its face vigorously. “My poor baby!”

“I swear, Helene,” Broderick whispered to his wife. “We are never inviting her again. This is the last time she runs our plans.”

Helene nodded. “I quite agree.”

©️2023 Paula Light and Light Motifs II. No unauthorized use permitted.

Written for the Min Min Prompt (248 words on plans) and the Sunday Whirl Wordle 589 (lockdown watch danger hunt challenge glass flesh gathering disrupt murder craft cut).

21 responses to “The Best Laid Plans

  1. Like itπŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜‚

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  2. Oh this was great Paula! I was hooked from the very first line!

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  3. Your dialogue was spot on. I could hear those stuffed shirts talking in my mind. Funny, Paula. 😁

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  4. Nailed the species with: “I am sure the murderer had a personal grievance with Cookie that has nothing whatsoever to do with us.” A really fun piece, Paula.

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  5. I could see the candelabra (candelabrae?)
    Nicely set scene with a twist ending.

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  6. What a funny scene! Great dialogue and pace. Love it!

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  7. The plot thickens, but as long as the asparagus en croute is light and crispy and the dog’s on a leash, they’ll all be fine.
    Fun one!

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  8. A fun piece with all the deft touches of a mystery crime writer.

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  9. Min Min noir right from the start, and the language you use for the characters sets the scene so well. And a nice twist at the end.

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