Three Line Tales: Feathers of ash


three line tales week 25 photo prompt

photo by Dan Carlson – you’ll find a bigger version here


‘There’s been another one, Sir.’

‘Constable Grant.’ Inspector Butler can tell by the cloying foot spray that doesn’t quite cover the stench of the man’s feet. Butler looks up from the wall of text he’s been struggling through for the last hour, speckles dancing before his eyes like snowflakes. ‘Another what? Do stop talking like we’re in an episode of Columbo.’

Grant chews his lip before continuing. ‘Another fire. By the roadworks on Cannon Street. A teenage boy this time. The Mum’s in hospital with burnt hands …’

… From trying to put out the flames.

Not snowflakes. Feathers of ash.


Written for Sonya at Only 100 Word’s Three Line Tales. See the photo and write some lines to go with it.

When I saw this picture, I was reminded of a story called Scorched Carpet and Ash Filled Shoes that I wrote for Roger Shipp’s FFftPP a few weeks ago and thought I’d revisit Butler and Grant to see how they’r getting on. Badly, it seems.


24 thoughts on “Three Line Tales: Feathers of ash

  1. I love the detail of the smelly feet – it adds a very realistic edge to the piece whilst also highlighting just how much Butler is irritated by his new constable. Hopefully they’ll discover the cause of these mysterious fires soon. Great tale. Lynn. 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much Louise – lovely feedback 🙂 I do like these two and wonder if I should take them further, though poor old Grant is pretty two dimensional at present. 🙂 Thanks for reading

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    1. Yes. Went a bit darker than I’d originally intended. I get the feeling poor Inspector Butler is going to be way over his head with this one. Thanks for reading Jane 🙂


    1. Oh, I’m so glad you do! I like him alot too. I think the man has ‘legs’. And poor old Grant, of course. Really want to write their full story 🙂


    1. No, they’re not, but that’s part of the reason I quite like writing them – you have to have conflict after all! And I get the feeling young Constable Grant has hidden depths … Thanks for reading 🙂

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