‘There are only two pertinent questions: who stands to gain the most, and who stands to lose the most?’

My old partner’s advice circling around my head. At the start of every case, as I approach every crime scene, as I question every suspect – who gains and who loses?

Up until now those questions had always served me well. Up until this morning. Up until the moment I walked up to the familiar front door and saw the blood spatters in the hallway.

What had she done? She claims self-defence. She claims domestic abuse. Do I believe her? Who gains? Who loses?

She inherits his wealth. She gains.

If I don’t believe her, I lose her, my daughter. I ask her: ‘Why didn’t you tell me about him? I could have protected you.’

She answers: ‘It wasn’t pertinent until now.’

I don’t believe her. But she’s my daughter. That’s the only thing that’s pertinent now.

‘Come on. I know where to get rid of the body.’

I’ve been asking questions in this city for too long.

Written for #FOWC, hosted by Fandango on his blog This, That and the Other. Today’s prompt word was: Pertinent. Click on the link to read contributions from other writers.



8 responses to “PERTINENT”

  1. Blood, as they say, is thicker than water.

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    1. Fathers can forgive a lot from their daughters!

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  2. Another type of seasonal spookiness.🌹🍁

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    1. It’s that time of year again 🙂

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      1. 🖤🌚🎃🐾

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  3. Ooooh the things a Father will do!

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    1. For their daughters especially!


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