"Detective Inspector Hannah Granger." She said sombrely "Where's the body?"
The PC indicated the edge of the lake and there, amongst the small, laping, waves, was the dead body of a woman in a sodden dress. She had long black hair that lay in wet sragles and her skin was as white as the dress she was wearing.Other than the dress she wore nothing else.
Hannah knelt down by the edge of the water and looked at the dead body. Her eyes briefly scanned the icy form of the dead girl that lay before her. As far as Hannah coudl tell the girl that lay before her was barely out of her 20's.
"Did she drown?" Hannah asked.
The PC stayed silent for a minute before breaking the silence and saying "She probably drowned."
"Drunk?" Hannah added.
"Who knows..." the PC quietly replied "The Post Mortem'll probably tell us."
"How long until they come and pick her up?" Hannah continued.
"I dunno." the PC said "They'll radio ahead."
"Thank you." Hannah said, a hint of a smile on her lips. Moments later the PC departed and Hannah was left alone with the dead body that was before her.
She looked around. As she exhaled smoke escaped Hannah's lips in the chilled air. It twisted and danced before her eyes like a ballet dancer. An act that never failed to amuse her.
For a moment Hannah caught herself wondering why anybody would kill a young girl like this. What possible motive could they have? Did she have parents that were mising her? That were worrying about her?
Hannah quickly banished any such thought from her mind. She couldn't risk getting emotionaly involved. That never helped and often brought back unpleasant memories. Unpleasant memories of the last time she'd gotten emotionaly involved...
Again Hannah banished the thought from her mind, silently cursing herself.
After several moments of prolonged silence and the chill of the unforgivingly cold air against Hannah's warm skin a second, female, PC approached Hannah. There was a look of concern upon her face.
"Can I help you?" Hannah asked, her voice devoid of emotion.
"There's someone here to see you ma'am." the PC replied. She looked young to Hannah but not as young as the dead girl lying on the edge of the lake. She looked as if this was all new to her so she couldn't have been in the job for long.
"Who?" Hannah asked "And what do they want?"
"Detective Chief Inspector Vile." the PC replied "He's here to investigate the murder."
"But this is my case." Hannah urgently exclaimed.
"Not anymore, love." a strng, male voice said with a MAnchester accent twining it's way through it like a wild vine. Hannah turned to find a man stood behind her.
He was a tall, not exactly thin man with mid length, wavy hazel hair and pale blue eyes thatmade Hannah shiver. He wore a dark grey suit with a purple short and a black tie and a pair of smart shoes all of which was cuddled together by a shin length, charcoal Crombie overcoat with a belt wrapped around it and dangling freely about the place as a brief wind picked up.
Hannah had a bemused expression drawn across his face and she was staring right at the man.
"Don't you worry." the man smiled mockingly "Beneath my aftershave I'm a very nice man!"
"Vile?" Hannah deduced "Are you DCI Vile?"
"The one and only." the man replied "I'm here to investigate a murder."
"Yeah, the PC told me, but this is my case."
"As I just said..." Vile said coldy "This was your case. Mine now, bye bye."
"A...actually I'd much rather stick around." Hannah bargained "And... help."
Vile rolled his eyes and sighed loudly, "If you must. But if you are I'm gonna need a name."
Hannah extended her hand with a brief smile "I'm DI Hannah Granger."
Vile ignored the hand and neglected the smile. He simply walked over to the body and looked down at it, the gentle tipples of the stagnant lake lapping against the bottom of his shoes and glistening the black leather against the dim light.
"Well then." Vile said coldly "Let's solve ourselves a murder.
TO BE CONTINUED