TITLE: ABSINTHE AND LEPRECHAUNS
GENRE: Mystery/ Fantasy
The lifeless body taunted me with its secrets. "Male. Three feet, two inches tall. Post-mortem weight ninety-six pounds. Ligature marks on the neck suggest strangulation." I turned off the voice recorder and leaned on the exam table.
A dead leprechaun. That's what I have to work with. A dead freakin' leprechaun. At least with a dead vampire I could start with DNA testing and find the family members of his most recent victims, but how was I to find the killer of a leprechaun? Investigate The Gold Exchange?
Searching both of his pouches, I learned two things. One: whoever it was must have known that the single gold coin was nothing more than a decoy because it remained in the leprechaun's pouch. Two: the silver shilling was gone. It was my first break in the case. Once the shilling returned, I could place a reverse trace on it to... to do what? No one uses shillings any more, not even the creatures I investigate in the Mythological Victims Unit.
The sound of the door swinging open interrupted my thoughts. "Alright, Cutter. Whatcha got?"
"S***, Frank. That's what I got. S***." I turned to face my supervisor. Normally, I didn't mind Frank's cocky swagger, but this time everything about him irritated me from his neatly combed hair to his shoes which seemed permanently shined.
He looked over my shoulder. "Good thing he's dead. He might be offended to hear someone call him s***. Respect the dead. He's a leprechaun."