‘It seems they broke in and found themselves indisposed.’


‘The toilet, Sir.’

‘And this is the best chance we have?’

‘Yes, Sir. No fingerprints, no footprints, no strands of hair. A professional job.’

‘Except they forgot to flush, eh? Not brought up right.’

‘No, Sir. We’ve extracted three pieces of loo roll. One is the perfect example.’

‘We can get DNA from it?’

‘And the marks are distinctive too. If we catch them and get them to go the toilet again, we could match the samples.’

‘Individual skidmarks. Hmm. Well, let’s get on with it then.’

Copyright Trish Nankivell

Written for Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more details HERE). The idea is to write a short story of 100 words based on the photo prompt (above).

To read stories of 100 words based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.

Also linking to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge for today: Example.


87 responses to “MAKING A MARK”

  1. Don’t know whether to laugh reading the story or groan at the pun-derful replys. Which crime novel was it where they caught the burglar because he leaned his hand on the wall over the toilet while availing himself of the facilities? Perfect five prints and a palm. But this takes it to a new level 😀

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  2. LOL!! Oh gosh! I know 2 of my followers who would have so much fun with this story as they are very into PUNS! They have a hay day on my comment page, can make a pun out of anything.
    i have to hand it to you for creativity, but I am glad I am not the detective in this case. 🙂

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  3. In the criminal justice system, fecally-based offenses are considered especially anus. In New York City, the dedicated detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as the Fecal Victims Unit.

    I would not want that job.

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  4. I guess you could piece together quite a lot of info from skid marks and used toilet paper. I can just hear the forensic findingss read out in court by someone with a stentorian voice. An interesting take on the prompt, Ian. It got me thinking about the basic, sometimes gross everyday things that can be used in evidence to secure a conviction.

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