For Sunday Photo Fiction – Every week on a Sunday, a new photo is used as a prompt for Flash Fiction challenge using around 200 words based on that image.
The Case of the Silent Bell
My name is Payne, Crystal Payne. I’m a private investigator.
It was 9:45 on a Sunday morning as I stood looking at a bell tower. It was similar to many other towers I’d seen over the years. However, my black cat Caesar with his puffed up swishing tail told me there must be something special about it.
The client had called at 8:32. Seems that the bell wouldn’t ring any more.
“You’ve got to come at once!” said the priest. The story of my life, everything had to be done at once!
I walked into the church with my camomile candle lit. There near the belfry stairs stood the ghost; a rather sorrowful lookingTrappist monk.
“What’s the problem?” I asked.
“They’ve blocked the bell.” He said. “But I’ve fixed them! I’ve blocked their tape recorder!”
I immediately understood the problem so I went to talk to the parish priest.
“But it’s a bother having to ring that bell all day long! I’m getting old you know!” he said after I told him why the “bell” wouldn’t ring.
The solution was easy. From 10:42 onwards the Trappist monk happily rang the bell.