(Written for Alastair’s Photo Fiction)
It was late when I got home.
The first thing I heard were ominous whispers emanating through the door.
Take the big knife, and cut the thigh here.
O god an evil sadist has got Grandma! , I panicked.
Then take the medium knife to separate the shoulder joint.
My feet seemed to have fallen asleep and wouldn’t accompany my upper body in the sudden dash towards the door. The inertia made me fall. I expected the hacker to lunge towards me at any moment but the whispering continued.
And use the smallest knife for better precision.
Large, medium, small!
HE WAS USING THE SAMURAI SWORDS MOM GOT LAST YEAR FROM CHINA AND WAS CALLING THEM KNIVES!
Shushing the ‘English teacher’ in me, I decided to take matters into my (horribly jittery and sweaty) hands.
I could barely hear the whispers now, because my heart was beating in my ears.
‘..and then grill the meat..’
I couldn’t bear to hear anymore and rushed to rescue (what remained of) Grandma.
Grandma slept on the couch peacefully and a chef on TV was sharing his recipe for making Chicken Tandoori.
Not everything is a murder mystery.