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“Good evening, Jack. I heard about that candlestick business; too bad.”

“Yeah.” Jack swept a hand through his dark, nearly black hair. “It was an unwise venture on my part, but there’s no use crying over spilt milk. What do we have, Hound?”

“Forensics hasn’t come back on it yet, but we believe that it was little Ginger.”

“Ah, no, not little Ginger. That poor kid has had the worst of luck.” Jack crouched down as he pulled on a pair of rubber inspection gloves. “Any suspects?” he selected tweezers from the pack on his waist and tweezed a few crumbs off the floor, placing them gently inside an evidence bag.

“The usual.” Hound’s somber face inspected the floor. “T. Wolf is prime, but, then again, so is Fox Sly.”

“Has the Breadman family been informed yet?”

“We sent Redd over a little while ago, but we’re not expecting too much assistance from the family.”

“Why not?”

“You know how the Breadmans felt about Ginger; he ran away so often they’ve rather given up on him.”

“Are they suspects as well?”

“’Fraid so.”

“Inspector Jack!”

Jack twisted around. “Ah, Redd! Where are the Breadmans?”

“They’re being interrogated at the station right now.” Red crouched next to Jack. “Poor Ginger. Are they sure it was murder? I mean, the body hasn’t been found, so it’s possible that Ginger is still alive somewhere.”

“The kid’s most likely dead, Redd.” Hound glanced up with his doleful eyes. “The scattering suggests that,” he raised an arm and gestured around the scene, “even if he is alive, he’s in critical condition.”

“This makes me sick.” Redd spoke as if she held something distasteful on her tongue. “He was just a youngster. He had his rebellious traits, but… it had to have been that Wolf fellow. He’s a criminal to the core.”

“No matter your personal opinion, Redd,” Hound’s voice had a warning tone. “T. Wolf has not been indicted of that crime. Innocent until proven guilty.”

“That gluttonous stomach of his should be evidence enough.” Redd scowled.

“My money’s on Fox.” Jack tweezed some hair off the ground. “He’s a tricky, slippery character.”

“Fox has, at most, been found guilty of stealing cheese and an attempt at grapes.” Hound chided. “That’s quite a way from murder.”
I know it's not really finished but I wanted some reactions. ;P

I got the idea for this earlier today and I plan to play it out to completion. Wish me luck on that.

If anyone can trace all the folklore and other such allusions then more power to them. Huzzah. ^.^

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KaliantA Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2007
I think I've asked you this before, but, who is Hound supposed to be? I've gotten all of the others....
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Hakidasu Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
It's my tribute to the playwright Tom Stoppard and his amazing Inspector Hound. That and dogs/bloodhounds just make a good police figure. (Like in the Muppets.) They snoop, they find, they tear to bits! ;P
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Killer-Kame Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well the victim in the gingerbread boy. XP
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Hakidasu Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
Seriously. With how many people were after him, it's a wonder he survived as long as he did! ^.^

I can't wait until I get to the part about the jury. ^__^
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