The Sheriff

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The rank smell of neglect occupied every corner of the house. However because of the local sensitivities that had arisen due to the disappearance of the other houses on Cleveland Rd. The city authorities had decided that the house be kept standing for the time being. They had even spent a little money from the cities coffers fixing braces to the front verandas.

The Sheriff was not getting anywhere with his investigations. It seemed that not even a rat could be found at the other sites on this street, where forty-six houses had mysteriously disappeared over night. The officer was not a gambling man; but the supportive braces on old Mr Davison’s house reminded him of the one armed bandit machine at Ma Richards brothel, and at this moment the Sheriff would sooner be at the brothel playing the bandit machine.

How the hell did he produce a report into the disappearance of the houses, let alone one hundred and six people, twelve dogs, one cat and god knows how many rats. Perhaps the city could rename the road, as The Bermuda Triangle 2. The officer decided to visit Ma Richards and have a beer… “Now were the hell did I leave that car”.

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This Post Has 16 Comments

  1. Gemma Wiseman

    A new Pied Piper is on the prowl methinks. Fascinating spin.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Pied Piper now thats an interesting thought. Perhaps a Pied Piper from outer space.

  2. Varad

    Powerful suspense here. Aliens? Secret Government project? Monsters? You’ve got me hooked here, Michael. Any plans of continuing this?

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Varad, I hadn’t, but some of the feed back has given me an idea; time will tell.

  3. mandibelle16

    I enjoyed this. Disappearing houses with all occupants including pets. Indeed, what could a police officer say? I keep thinking of a show on when I was a young teenager called ‘The Outer Limits’ which dealt with the supernatural and the bizarre. It very much reminds me if some of these mysterious and a bit creepy stories. Great writing 🙂

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you, so much. After a bit of a lull, this story wrote itself. The sheriff even had a name, but I had to prune and prune, so I was glad to read your feedback.

      1. mandibelle16

        I like that he has no name. It’s like it could be any sherif in any small town that this could happen, heightens the mystery 🙂

        1. Michael Humphris

          Thank you, Mandi, I had not thought of that,

  4. hombrehompson

    Yes this is very nice. Feels like a Twilight Zone episode

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you, I really appreciate your comment, I have not watched the Twlight Zone, it would scare me! Then again some of my stories scare me

  5. neeltheauthor

    I really enjoyed this story. Beautifully written as well. Well done, Michael.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I am so pleased to get your feedback; I so nearly gave up on this story.

  6. ceayr

    Laughing. I love this, Michael.
    The campaign to close down Ma Richards’ little place might never get off the ground!

    1. Michael Humphris

      I think Ma Richards’ place is safe. So pleased to read your comment.

  7. Sunday Fiction

    I think there is something very weird afoot there. I wonder if Ma Richards had anything to do with it. Good story Michael

    1. Michael Humphris

      I hope not, she already into most other things in this town.

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