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Obsessive Compulsive Amateur Sleuth, Scene 6

Obsessive Compulsive Amateur Sleuth, Scene 6

"Obsessive Compulsion" Scene 6 The smell of rain still in his nose, Bennington stared at the pictures hanging in their melancholy entryway. Water ran down his cheeks as he tugged the overcoat free and suspended its soggy bulk from the coatrack. She’d chosen broody...

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Obsessive Compulsive Amateur Sleuth, Scene 5

Obsessive Compulsive Amateur Sleuth, Scene 5

"Obsessive Compulsion" Scene 5 A thunderhead built its impending delivery outside of Bennington’s large office window. The rising collection of moisture and pressure mirrored the feeling in his head. The cloud took shape as a man with a whip wrapped around his collar....

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Obsessive Compulsive Amateur Sleuth, Scene 4

Obsessive Compulsive Amateur Sleuth, Scene 4

"Obsessive Compulsion" Scene 4 Bennington spent the next two days wallowing in disappointment. A wet fog accompanied his morning runs, undesirable empathy hijacked every clinical session and the clock hands paused at visual inquiries. Nighttime sleep broke into...

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Obsessive Compulsive Amateur Sleuth, Scene 3

Obsessive Compulsive Amateur Sleuth, Scene 3

"Obsessive Compulsion" Scene 3 Bennington toyed with his mug, an eye turned toward the entrance across the boulevard.  Customers shuffled around him, crowding, bumping his table.  Coffee shops made him wonder if he’d chosen the wrong profession. He knew too much about...

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Obsessive Compulsive Amateur Sleuth, Scene 2

Obsessive Compulsive Amateur Sleuth, Scene 2

"Obsessive Compulsion" Scene 2 Bennington ran the tips of his fingers over the glowing surface of the elm wood tabletop on which he and his wife, Gloria, had consumated their marital agreement.  Gloria hoovered past on the hardwood floor with the efficiency of an...

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Obsessive Compulsive Amateur Sleuth, Scene 1

Obsessive Compulsive Amateur Sleuth, Scene 1

"Obsessive Compulsion" Scene 1 Bennington Tanskanen fidgeted in the regal phlebotomy chair, ruminating on an article about polyamory he’d discovered in Men’s Health Magazine while waiting to be stuck. His over active imagination bounced ideas of unrestricted love with...

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Obsessive Compulsive Amateur Sleuth, Scene 2

Obsessive Compulsive Amateur Sleuth, Scene 2

"Obsessive Compulsion" Scene 2 Bennington ran the tips of his fingers over the glowing surface of the elm wood tabletop on which he and his wife, Gloria, had consumated their marital agreement.  Gloria hoovered past on the hardwood floor...

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Amateur Sleuth Amateur Hour

Amateur Sleuth Amateur Hour

Welcome to Amateur Hour.   Amateur sleuths. Amateur author. This is not to self-deprecate. My ego remains intact. It’s my acknowledgement of skill deficiency that illuminates the challenge.  When I first started working out details...

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