Story Challenge: Word and Genre suggested by Laura ~ neon hotpants / crime thriller.
“Talk to me Sargent. What have we got?”
The middle aged policeman cleared his throat before addressing the suit clad inspector. Whereas the Sargent was time served and had progressed through the force via hard work and pounding the streets, the inspector was fresh faced and straight from behind some desk at the academy. There was still a mutual respect for their respective rank.
“Another from the homeless community. Male, around thirty year old.”
“That’s the fifth in as many days! Cause of death?”
“Strangulation, the same as the others.”
The inspector nodded as though he’d been expecting the answer and began pacing around as if searching for answers to the questions in his head. “I assume there were no witnesses as before also.”
“Actually,” began the Sargent. “We have a description.”
It was the first time the attack had been seen, or at least the first time anyone had come forward with information. Whilst previous murders had similar characteristics, there had been no viable leads with which to investigate.
“Average build and height, wearing a black hooded and neon hotpants.”
The description had the inspector kicking the ground in frustration.
“Look around you. What do you see? We’re smack bang in the middle of festival season and nearly everyone is wearing neon clothing of some fashion.”
The Sargent remained silent.
“Let us hope the body parts with more helpful clues than your witness.”