Murder case.

Martha Shaw is the best person to have on the case.
Eight murders and counting. All by the same person.
At the same time every single day.
Martha only has a short time before the murdered kills again, and it could be her that it's after.


16. The call.

After her work day had ended, Martha went home with tears about to burst in her eyes. Her phone rang.

" Hello?" she sniffed.

" Hello, Martha," said an unfamilliar voice.

" Who is this?" she asked.

" I'll give you a clue. Your brother was awfully terrified."

Martha paused.

" You nearly got us caught," he said.

" Which one of the idiots are you?" Martha asked.

" Aw, come on. No need to be like that. And its Mick," he said.

" If I ever find you, you better start praying. If I were you, I'd be sleeping with one eye open," Martha threatened.

" Come on, Martha, can you not take a joke?"
" A joke?" she coughed. " You think killing eight people is a joke?"

" Eight? Wow, best one yet."

" We will find you, Mick, and I will kill you. I don't care if I go to prison, but I swear I will.."

" Your brother's alive."

Martha's breathing turned silent. She didn't speak.

" Martha. We have your brother. He's alive, but not for long. If you come to us, bring £10,000 and our files with you, then you get your brother back," Mick said.

" What if I don't?" she asked, even though she already knew the answer.

" We kill him. And we will drag it out slowly. Do not tell anyone about this phone call. If you want to save your brother, listen to me."

Martha turned her full attention to the phone.

" Tomorrow you will phone your work and tell them your very sick so you can't come in. Then you will get our files somehow, and the money, and come to the barber shop you were at earlier. Yes, Kevin told us. Then come round the back of the shop. There is a small building there, we will be there with your brother. We will trade then. Twelve o'clock."

The phone went dead.


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