Symbol

*Entry for the Sony Young Movellas Awards*

Carving symbols. This is usual for Halloween. But in pumpkins. Not people.

Dr Kayla Dymond and Detective Matthew Evans are the worlds youngest detective/pathologist duo. They've solved countless murders by the ages of 16 and have now been summoned to help solve the greatest mass murder case of the 21st century.

Could this be the work of a single man or a massive cult?

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4. Chapter 4

The van moved away from the still horrific sight as Kayla muttered, "Four autopsies to perform."

"It won't last you too long."  Matt said brightly as ever "I've seen you perform. Takes you 1 hour. 1 and a half at most."

"That's still 4 hours."

"Why are you so pessimistic?" Matt sighed.

"Because if we were both optimistic we'd clash."

"Ah, we're like a chalk and cheese kinda thing?"

"I guess." Kayla shrugged as the van pulled into the precinct car park. "Oh, and the thing carved into the middle body's torso. Betrayal."

"Betrayal?" Matt asked, eyes widened, yet brow furrowing. "What could that mean?"

"I have an idea which is not that plausible, but acceptable all the same."

"Oh, pray tell?" Matt mused, clambering out of the van,

Kayla followed behind him and slammed the door shut with a loud bang. "A cult."

"A cult?"

"Yeah. It would explain the symbols and the attacks at Halloween. And on the word 'betrayal' maybe the victim tried to leave the cult or go to a different cult?"

Matt thought about this as the pair walked back to the precinct. "Could be possible but unlikely. Not many cults are around."

"That's not true." Kayla remarked indignantly "Many cults are around. Many of them are in places such as Avebury and Salisbury in Wiltshire. Typically places with stone circles or long and short barrows, stone age burial sites. The most popular sites are Stonehenge, Silbury Hill and West Kennet Long Barrow, all in Wiltshire."

"Wow, ok then." Matt said, unsure how to react to this outburst of information. "But we aren't in Wil-"

"And did you know that excavations at West Kennet Long Barrow have revealed that the side chambers occur inside an exact isosceles triangle whose height is twice the length of its base?" She added, interrupting his statement, as though she was reading it out of a textbook.

"I can honestly say I didn't." He said, pulling out his key card and slid it down the machine to open the door. "So, you're saying that isn't the work of one person, but of a whole cult."

"Yes. There is no way that one person can kill 4 people, do that much mutilation and that huge pentagram on the wall in less than 24 hours. The symbols indicate paganism or satanism." She explained,  as they walked into the building.

"It could just be a group of Gothic fanatics rather than a whole cult."

"Yeah, it could, but this has been going on for 7 years now. If it was, as you said, a group of Gothic fanatics, then the fad would have passed after 1-2 years, maximum 3."

"I guess so."

"Right." Kayla said, suddenly stopping at a rather large set of double doors. "I'm going to finally start the autopsies.Ar you going to observe?"

"I think I might."

"Awesome. You need a lab coat."

"I know!" Matt exclaimed exasperatedly. "I've been in this business for a good 2 years."

"Oh, I know." She said, scanning her key card and opening the door. "Do you know where they are kept though?"

"Umm. In this room?" He asked walking into the aforementioned room.

"Well done." She retorted sarcastically "Where in the room?"

"Here?" He asked, pointing to a drawer.

"Idiot." She walked over to him, laughing. "Look behind you."

He turned to see a rack of snow white lab coats. "I knew that." He muttered. "Just testing you."

Kayla stared at him, a hint of amusement and annoyance in her eyes. "Sure, ok. You know I have an eidetic memory"

"Yeah, I know." He said, picking a large sized coat and pulling it onto his muscular body.

She got one herself, a smaller one than Matt's, and put it on. "Come on. Let's go perform an autopsy!"

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