Saturday, March 17, 2012

Night Shot 2: Captain Nwin

Jerry was still standing in his living room, looking at the second photo, when someone knocked on his front door. Jerry jumped and looked around uneasily, before he set the photo on the coffee table and went to open the door.

He rather expected it to be Captain Nwin, the local police investigator, and it was—alone this time, waiting stiffly in a dark blue uniform.

Jerry stood back from the door.

Without even looking at Jerry, the captain stalked in, crossed over to the table and picked up the photo. “So—now will you explain this?”

Jerry shrugged helplessly. “I don’t know. I thought I explained it last time.”

“But it showed up again—how did it happen?”

“I told you last time,” Jerry protested. “I didn’t notice anything.”

“But what happened? What did you see? You must have seen something?” The captain waited. “You really don’t know anything? You really mean to say that you took this photo—actually pointed the camera at this thing, looking straight at this, and took the photo without noticing it?"

"I wasn't taking a photo of it," Jerry protested. "I was trying to get the splay patterns from the street lights. See, with the trees back here—”

Captain Nwin held the photo out of his reach. “And you really didn’t notice anything?”

Jerry shook his head.

“You idiot,” Captain Nwin said.

Jerry reached for the photo again. This time, the captain tossed it to him and marched to the door. “You’d better call me if you find you do know something—at once.”

As the door banged behind the captain, Jerry picked up the photo and looked at it again. He wondered vaguely what Captain Nwin thought this thing was. It seemed so ridiculous to get worried about a silly shadow, when all it did was get into people’s photographs.

Then Jerry frowned, studying the small gray streak in the lower corner of the picture. Come to think of it, the Shadow itself was more annoying even than the captain—at least the captain didn’t try to jump into photographs without permission. He was going to have to do something about this Shadow...

(Continued in Night Shot 3: Shadows)


Krista M.V. said...

Very mysterious. :D Is this one of your stories?

Audrey said...

It is now, Krista! Check back in a few days for another installment.

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