Challenge. It’s a 6.

When last we read about the horrific murder of yet another prostitute in London’s Whitechapel district, Chief Inspector Winston Wendall Wentworth, III was staring into the eyes of, as we will soon discover, not simply a worthy “opponent” but rather, an enigma in one Sister Mary Ephraim…

The Mystic And The Warrior | Leslee Goodman | Issue 475 | The Sun Magazine

… Sister Mary Ephraim’s foot fell silent, her steadfast, upward gaze communicating far more than words alone – “yes, you heard me correctly, it is the English language we both speak, is it not Mr. Wentworth?”

Brows reluctantly creased to form a furrow, allowing self doubt to rapidly seed, a feeling foreign to the imposing police official, instinct now whispering warning, stature was not relegated to physical height.

“It is imperative I take our sister back to our convent for proper burial preparation, our Order is specific to funerary rites; seeing as you appear to have determined this as another “Ripper” victim, there is no reason for further delay. I’ve arranged seating on the tram to Bow and will hence take passage on the North London Railway straight away so time is of the essence Mr. Wentworth, do not hinder me further in fulfilling my duties and responsibilities, I answer to a far higher power than you.”

Mesmerized, as if one of the rabble of bystanders left loitering on the perimeter of the crime scene straining to catch a glimpse of something horrific, a tidbit to share and shock amongst friends and family, Chief Inspector Winston Wendall Wentworth, III stared down at the figure speaking orders to him; feeling a gear skip inside his brain, he realized he was literally unable to respond.

Who was she, this tiny woman telling him what to do, he helpless to utter a single syllable to put her in her place, to remind her who was in control (but are you Wentworth?)

20 thoughts on “Challenge. It’s a 6.

  1. UP April 3, 2021 / 1:55 pm

    “ rabble of bystanders” excellent! Yeah you. Super six

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  2. The Vintage Toy Advertiser April 3, 2021 / 3:32 pm

    Wentworth might have to go back to his ages-ago training to pick up some details of how he might deal with Sister Ephraim. She’s stating facts and calling the shots.
    I like the perspective of: “the rabble of bystanders left loitering on the perimeter of the crime scene straining to catch a glimpse of something horrific, a tidbit to share and shock amongst friends and family” – so true.

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge April 3, 2021 / 7:20 pm

      I’m not convinced Winston’s training is going to much help to him with this particular “adversary”, lol
      Spot on, V. Sister Ephraim is definitely calling the shots.
      Yes. Sadly, such behavior is true to this day.
      Missed you in the lineup this week 😎

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      • The Vintage Toy Advertiser April 4, 2021 / 3:43 pm

        Sister Ephraim seems a formidable adversary!
        Nice to be missed, D, thankyou, but I enjoyed reading everyone’s contributions. Missing for a good reason anyway… see my next post; a case of out with the old, in with the new. Promise to not be a stranger, on the contrary 😀

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  3. Liz H April 3, 2021 / 5:43 pm

    Oh I do love your characters! Bravo and on the edge of my seat!

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  4. Frank Hubeny April 3, 2021 / 9:02 pm

    I like your description of the seeding of self doubt to the point of Wentworth seeing himself as “straining to catch a glimpse of something horrific” but not sure what it is.

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge April 3, 2021 / 10:33 pm

      Thank you, Frank. Self doubt is not part of Winston Wendall Wentworth’s personal reality. At least up until meeting Sister Mary Ephraim, that is!

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  5. Chris Hall April 4, 2021 / 3:58 am

    I love this on-going story, Denise! Your characters literally leap off the page and I’m gripped!

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge April 4, 2021 / 7:20 am

      Thank you, Chris. I appreciate the positive feedback! I’d like to see where this story goes. Think there’s something just under the surface waiting to be told 🙂

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  6. clark April 4, 2021 / 7:47 am

    excellent continuation of the serial… (the fun is not just the narrative, but the implications, present in what seems to be mere descriptions, i.e. North London Railway, plying distance from the city and a whole new setting….
    cool

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    • GirlieOnTheEdge April 4, 2021 / 7:58 am

      Thank you, Clark. Yes, it is fun. I am beginning to see the building blocks to utilize.

      Like

  7. ceayr April 6, 2021 / 10:37 am

    Delicious, Denise.
    You could not have painted a more vivid picture with a movie camera.

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