The numbers were etched onto the back of his eyeballs. Glued to his brain. Black numbers on a sunny yellow background. William was fixated on number plates. He knew no one by name, only their number plate.
“What about the boy?” The detective asked. “Must’ve seen something. Wasn’t he at the scene when his sister went missing?”
“Autistic…non-verbal. Not a hope. Just sits there rocking, banging his head.”
His mobile rang.
“Dinner By Heston? Sorry, babe. Birthday can wait. Missing kid.”
“The mother’s asked for a sketch pad, Boss.”
There’s more than one way to skin a cat.
This has been another contribution to Friday Fictioners hosted by Rochelle Wishoff Fields, where we write up to 100 words to a photo prompt. Click here to go through to the Linky. Photo Prompt © Kent Bonham
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