Murder Most Fowl – Part C #atozchallenge

For the A to Z challenge, I present Murder Most Fowl, an unedited serial story from the unpublished Cera Chronicles. Please excuse the grammar mistakes. This hasn’t been critiqued yet. If you’re just diving into this story, you may want to start with part A.

Cowboys surrounded us.

The girl aimed her weapon at the furry face of the badged man. Tiny copper gears whirred and cranked on the device. Steam whistled from a valve. The weapon shook in her hands. “Leave me alone, Bobby. I’m warnin’ you!” Her corset seams strained with each inhalation. “You’re unfairly branding me the—”

Bobby’s nostrils flared at the mention of branding.

She flinched. “Sorry. Bad choice of words.”

Bobby’s jaw worked, ruminating over the wretched remains of half-digested vegetable matter. The curled ends of his greasy mustache twitched with each slavering bite like a pinned rodent in its death throes. “Now Miss Molly, you don’t wanna be rilin’ up the boys. How ‘bout you put down that there ray-gun.”

Molly snorted. “Oh yeah? Make me!” Her finger twitched on the trigger. The tip of the weapon bobbed in the air, never holding a steady position. It dipped slightly, momentarily leveling with his waistband.

He cleared his throat and shuffled to the side.

The aim swayed again. Right toward my head.

I scooted to my left and bumped into a pair of legs. Criminy. How did I end up in the middle anyways?

“Who’s this?” Bobby asked, staring down at me. He readjusted his hat. I was impressed it stayed on his head, what with the pair of horns poking out from his skull. His maw opened, gracing me with an unwelcomed glimpse of stained teeth and the foul stench of regurgitated, decaying flora.

I flashed a smile and batted my eyelashes. “Don’t let me interrupt your little feud here. I’m just passing through.”

Molly’s gaze darted to me then back to Bobby. “I’m bettin’ she’s your real culprit.”

Culprit? Why that little— “I didn’t do it!” My hand bumped the fowl corpse of the feathery stalker lying next to me. “What didn’t I do?”

Bobby spat a slimy reddish-brown glob on the ground. It struck the dirt and splattered in a star-shaped pattern. He drummed his holstered gun. A hoof-like shell covered the back of his hand and all three fingers. “Well, Miss…”

“Cera,” I supplied.

“Well, Miss Cera. You’ve just been accused of murder.”

Read D here.

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Loni Townsend

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16 thoughts on “Murder Most Fowl – Part C #atozchallenge

  1. Brilliant! What else can I say! 🙂

  2. Oh no, poor Cera! Have to say I loved her, “what didn’t I do?” LOL. Great dialogue.

  3. Lovely imagery. I think I’m getting a grip on this story world, and way to present such a complex one in so few words!

  4. Gripping! When some one looks at you and accuses you..now that’s not easy at all! Great going! Can’t wait to read more!
    Danny

  5. Cowboys, Culprits and Cera! You, my dear, have a trifecta!

    And my attention! Well done!

  6. You’ve got me hooked. So glad I’m following your blog. Good reading.
    Best,
    Deb@ http://debioneille.blogspot.com

  7. Cat

    Love this, Loni! So imaginative and creative to write a serial story and present it this way. Great writing, too! Can’t wait for the next installment.

    Cat

  8. I’m thinking Mr. Cowboy looks like a cow – in which case, “branded” – LOL!!!! Love the fun tone and puns!

  9. Love this! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by my blog today.

  10. Kim

    I really enjoyed this piece! Love Cera and the cowboys 🙂

  11. My curiosity level is increasing day by day!! Btw our time zone difference -_- now only I read your C, should wait for 24 hours now for D

  12. MAJK

    I am enjoying how this story is progressing, I can’t wait to read more.

    *~MAJK~*
    A-to-Z Challenge 2014
    Mighty Minion of Co-Host Nicole Ayers
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  13. woaa this is becoming even more intense … I love your style of storytelling. waiting for next part

  14. Am enjoying this story. Looking forward to how this is shaping up.

  15. This gets better and better, Loni!

  16. I have such vivid pictures on my head. Good job!

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