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Title: Missing Movie Mystery
Author: jsblume
Style/Genre Prose / Fiction / Mystery
Description: A surgeon can't find his favorite movie, or the video store manager.
Notes: Write a Mystery piece about a surgeon who rents a movie. At some point, the surgeon must appear in an office and encounter a plumbing snake (not necessarily at the same time).

Dr. Petrucelli paused for a breath at the video store entrance. Sliding his spectacles back up the bridge of his nose, secured his cane in his hand, and pushed through the door.

The store was vacant except for one other customer. Dr. Petrucelli headed straight for the M’s in the comedy section. Peering at the titles, he tapped each one and read the first word.

"Mad, Magic, Malena, Mamma, Man with One Red Shoe, March, Margo."

He stopped and tapped back three. "Mamma, Man with One Red Shoe, March. Where is it? It’s not here."

The other customer, a young, curly haired woman, looked over the rack at him.

"Whatcha looking for?"

"The Man with Two Brains. It’s not here."

"What’s it about?"

"Heh. It’s about this brain surgeon who invents the cranial screw top method and falls in love with a disembodied brain."

"Sounds gross."

"Oh, it’s quite amusing. I used to be a brain surgeon, you see."

"If you say so."

Dr. Petrucelli tapped through the titles one more time. "I don’t understand why it’s not here."

"Maybe someone rented it."

"Oh, maybe so. Where’s Tom?"

"The owner? Don’t know."

"Ah, oh."

"What’s wrong?"

"I, ah, have to use the, ah--" Dr. Petrucelli pointed to the back, and then walked to the men’s room.

While using the urinal, he noticed a plumbing snake in the bowl. He finished up, washed his hands, and stopped at the manager’s office. The door was locked.

"I’m sorry, young lady but I didn’t catch your name."

"Terry."
"Well, Terry, I need your help."

"Not with any old person problems."

"No, no. There’s a bit of a mystery going on here."

"Okay."

"The door to the manager’s office is locked and there’s a plumbing snake in the men’s toilet."

"Ew."

"They must be related somehow. I need your help in the men’s room."

"Ew!"

"Just to pull the snake out."

"Well, okay."

Pinching her nose and grimacing, Terry pulled the snake. It came out easily, and the key was dangling on the end.

"Ah. Just drop that in the sink. Thank you." Dr. Petrucelli washed the key thoroughly. "Now, on to the office!"

Terry followed Dr. Petrucelli as he hobbled to the office. He unlocked the door and pushed it, but could only move it an inch.

"Terry, if you would be so kind?"

Terry pushed hard, and the door opened wide enough for her to peek in. She craned her head and screamed.

"I think he’s dead!"

Tom groaned and stirred. "Uhn, my head."

"Tom, are you okay?" Dr. Petrucelli called.

Tom stood up and opened the door the rest of the way. "I came looking for cleaning gloves. I dropped the office key in the toilet. Must have slipped on the floor."

"We should call an ambulance."

"No, no, I’m okay. Oh, I have your movie right here."

"I was looking for that!"
"Okay, well I’m gonna go now."

"Thank you, young lady, for all your help."

"Okay."

Copyright @2013 by jsblume. All rights reserved.
jsblume has granted JS Blume Publishing™ non-exclusive rights to display this work.

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