****Click here for previous installment of Vivid Black –> Walls

He continued down the hall, “Not right now Henry. Gotta get reports done.”

Henry followed insisting, “Come on Jerrod. This is important.”

Deputy Osborn stepped out, stopping his progress.

“Alright, but LT’s gonna be pissed if I don’t get these done.”

Hand on his shoulder, Henry steered his partner into interrogation, Ray followed and Osborn stood outside.

Three men seated. Adrenalin masked pain and fear.

“Jerrod. It’s over.”

His expression melded and morphed from calculated awareness to cool defiance, then calm resignation. Shoulders squared, he began.

“Henry, I don’t know where I belong. I don’t know where I went wrong.”

Back where most of the story has been created, with Lance’s robot alter-ego LeeRoy and his 100 Word Song. This weeks offering Ho Hey offered perfect lyrics to bring this story to a conclusion. I feel like a parent sending their kid off to college. It’s been the better part of a year from beginning to end. Let me know what you think. Might work a little more and fill in some blanks and make it more complete.


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****Click here for previous installment of Vivid Black –> Remembering

The automatic door swooshed open and he walked through mindful of everything. Every wall he built protected what remained of his sanity and his essence. He keyed in the code to enter the secure offices then walked the hall to the office shared by the team. All were blind to his disguised awareness.  He saw Lt. Jacoby propped against Henry’s desk reflected in picture framed glass. He attempted to casually continue by, but he was anticipated. Henry stepped out, glanced down at the black Danners and bloused khakis. He fixed a stare and grimly intoned,

“Jerrod. We need to talk.”



Writing more Vivid Black with Velvet Verbosity’s 100 Words #328. Her word this week is “Wall.”

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It’s a blog hop, so click on the image below and visit page. Then read some of the other submissions and give them some comment love.


100 Words #320 – Wall


****Click here for previous installment of Vivid Black –> Not Sorry

The door was closed to Ray’s office.  Henry, seated in the leather sofa matched the sunken, saggy, sad form. They discussed Cliff Lewis’ interview and it was tense and disheartening. Those bits of information put a clear-cut suspect in their radar.

Heavyhearted, Henry pondered, “Can you remember the moment? God, he was barely out of the Academy. Devastated. Dealt a big plate of crap. Didn’t think he’d get over it.”

Outraged, Ray responded bitterly.

“Did you forget that time? He laid Schweitzer out? Devastated is no excuse, and he got over it way to fast.”

“I know. He’s my partner.”


IMG_0382In my “busy-ness” I didn’t write last week. LeeRoy’s song choice for 100 Word Song this week has my brain racing with the potential. Lance made a great choice letting his robot alter-ego do the choosing. Indie Rock Band Free Energy’s song “Free Energy” is really. good.

I’m back with Vivid Black and there’s a lot of stress with Ray and Henry as they got a devastating lead from Cliff Lewis.

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****Click here for previous installment of Vivid Black –> The Darkside

Without a doubt, Cliff Lewis was a tweeker. He constantly scratched and dug. It made Henry and Ray, crawly skinned, prickly and itchy. Lewis had an old injury and couldn’t stab with brutal cruelty like The Zombie Reaper.

Cliff tore at himself, and shared details they didn’t have. He did touch the victims, and saw and heard the killer from behind. Black leather jacket. Black boots and bloused pants.

“Um, he muttered. Cussed. Kept sayin’ stuff like ‘Why him?’ and…well, can I cuss?” Is it misbehavin’ if I cuss?”

Jaw clenching, Ray glared.

“Well, uh he kept droppin’ f-bombs.”


IMG_0383.jpgToday’s installment of Vivid Black is brought to you by the word “misbehavin'” as prompted by Velvet Verbosity’s 100 Word prompt. It’s a blog hop so click the picture over there on the left to go check out some of the other entries.

Of course, if you are going to bring up the word “misbehavin'” the song “Ain’t Misbehavin'” comes straight to mind, so enjoy a little Billie Holiday singing like only Billie could.

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More Revelation-Nuthin’

****Click here for previous installment of Vivid Black –> Shocked Response

Henry’s insides fluttered and lurched. He worked hard to keep euphoria, relief and shock from unwinding.

“Ozzy, he’s not making a joke is he? Come on Cliff.”

He stepped forward, snapped cuffs from belt onto wrists, reciting rights from his well used memory. He handed Lewis off to a sullen glaring Osborn who steered him outside and into the backseat of the car while Henry settled into the driver seat.

Cliff, broke his shocked silence and whimpered, “I didn’t do nuthin’. I found ’em like that.”

Osborn, folded back inside the car turned,

“So, you’re waiving your right to counsel?”


Linking up with My Blog Can Beat Up Your Blog where Kath did the song picking this week. She chose a great song, “Galileo” by the Indigo Girls. I peeled out a few lyrics for inspiration for more Vivid Black.

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Shocked Response

****Click here for previous installment of Vivid Black –> Origami and Snakes

A head, bearing an egg yolk looking hard hat entered reception.

“You need me?” and he hesitantly slipped through the door.

Henry walked toward the coal and oil smudged figure.

“Cliff Lewis? I’m Detective Henry Waters. This is Deputy Osborn. I’ve got some questions about the Zombie Gauntlet.”

Shocked wide eyes shifted to a stain on the concrete. Rattled, his hands began to shake so he thrust them deep into pockets.

“Wh-wh…what do you want to know?”

Henry, bone-tired, decided to use an ‘all in’ approached.

“Why did you touch their faces?”

“Huh? Well….. I didn’t know if they were dead.”


Velvet Verbosity’s 100 Word Challenge provided the word “Shake” for inspiration for some creative writing. I decided to go back to Vivid Black and write another 100 words and keep the story moving.

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Origami and Snakes

****Click here for previous installment of Vivid Black –> Who’s Hank?

Multiple witnesses cast blame away from the other two suspects. Henry and and Deputy Osborn traveled south of town to Castle Mine Services and Cliff Lewis whose criminal record proved snakes find grass in the concrete, and hide in plain sight.

Osborn, folded into the Impala like origami, climbed out and unfolded his 6’2″ frame. Henry smirked at his dilemma,

“Need a hoist?”

The cramped deputy stood up and flipped him the bird.

Scoria crunched underfoot, remnants of traction from the snowstorm, as they headed inside. Attention caught, Henry two knocked the counter,

“Need to talk to Cliff Lewis.”




100 Word Song-Car Jamming / The Clash

Writing for Lance and LeeRoy at 100 Word Song. This week Troy was tagged to pick the song and he chose Car Jamming by the Clash. Worked with the lyrics and chose a line to build this newest edition of Vivid Black.

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