Murder Mystery-Bloody Footprints

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Johnny- Intuitive Boy Since Birth

Johnny couldn't seem to fall asleep; tossing and turning for what seemed hours. "Why cant you turn on the air conditioning mom", he said under his breath. Johnny was a very unique boy, as his mom was well aware. When he was only six years old he was playing with someone in his bedroom, but his mom knew it was only she and Johnny in the house. When she stepped into the room he was chasing something, but whatever 'it' was, she sure couldn't see it. "Johnny, who are you playing with?" she asked with hesitation. "I'm playing hide and seek with grandpa Mike." Johnny's mom started sobbing, knowing full well this was real. She missed her dad so much! It was hard to believe he'd already been gone for a year. She tried to compose herself so her son wouldn't feel the deep despair she had from losing her dad.



Johnny's Big Dream

Please! let me wake up. Johnny was having one of his notorious, psychic dreams he'd experienced since he was a young boy. He tried making out the face in the dream but it was just a dark, fuzzy profile. " Who are you?" What do you want from me?" he said to the dark shadowy man. "I need your help-Just follow me and you'll get the answers you need." Johnny followed the man down a dark,dusty road. The roads were lined on both sides with thick brush and the tallest white oak tree's you'd ever seen. "Where are we going and who are you?" Johnny was beginning to feel light-headed and was ready to pass out. As he stopped to catch his breathe, he noticed in front and behind him were bloody footprints that marked the path they had taken. The last thing Johnny remembered before waking up was feeling weak and falling to the ground.

He woke up trying to catch his breath. The time on the alarm clock showed 8:18 A.M. Just then the door flew open and his mom was screaming. "What's wrong mom?" "What do you mean what's wrong, you woke me up with your screaming." " Did you have one of your bad dreams honey?" "Yes, someone from the other side needs my help." His mom laid next to him Caressing his hair until he calmed down. Somehow, Johnny's mom knew how to make everything alright after one of his big, disturbing dreams.

Monday Morning Already

Monday morning seemed to come so fast. Where did the weekend go? He hopped in the shower and let the water beat on his face and body. Ah! Nothing like a cold shower on a humid day. He poured milk and his favorite cereal into a bowl. Froot Loops, he thought to himself, had to be created by a really smart kid. Johnny ran out of the house and down the steps. It was nice that he didn't have to walk far to wait for his bus. Some of his other thirteen year old buddies couldn't just stand at the end of their driveway to catch the bus. It might not be a big deal to other people but he thought it was pretty cool. Johnny was sweating beads waiting for the bus. The sun already warmed up to about 72 degrees at 7:30 A.M. Finally, the bus was approaching and he knew it would be cool in there. When he looked back at the house to say goodbye to his mom, he couldn't believe his eyes. Again, just like in the dream the other night, he saw bloody footprints from where he stood at the bus stop and back to the house. Past experience told him that his mom didn't see this terrifying vision which made him feel a little better about the whole thing.

Throughout the school day, Johnny tried to figure out what this man in the dream was trying to tell him. "Give me more clues and maybe I can help you," He thought to himself. It was 1:30 as he pulled out his science book during his free study period. While catching up on homework, he noticed a red headed girl walking toward him. She introduced herself as 'Margaret'. "Hi, I'm Johnny." "I know who you are," she said. "What do you mean you know me? I've never seen you before." She sat down and began explaining an incredible story that involved Johnny. She nervously told him that her dead father had sent her. She lost him two years ago in an unsolved murder mystery. The police had very few leads and were having a hard time finding the suspect. "Through my dreams, my father has been filling me in about your gift of intuition and how you solve cold-cases. He said he's giving you clues about who murdered him. Through choking tears she managed to ask, "Can you help me?" Johnny reassured her that between the two of them, the mystery would be solved. "Let's go over all the messages your dad has been sending us" Johnny said, "and get this cold case closed."

Johnny Solves the Murder Mystery

Johnny got home from school and turned on the t.v. "Breaking News on a two year, unsolved murder mystery."

After he and Margaret pieced all the clues together, the police were able to find the man responsible for killing Mr.Murphy. It turned out to be the crazy neighbor that lived next to their lake cabin. The reporter who broke the story was standing outside the suspect's cabin. Johnny could see that it was set back in an isolated location. It was a dark, dusty area, lined with thick brush and the tallest white oaks you'd ever seen.....


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Do you like curling up and reading a good mystery or who done it

  • Yes-I find them captivating
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  • Never Have but it's not out of the question
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© 2011 Linda Rogers

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Twilight Lawns profile image

Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

Well constructed story. I enjoyed reading it, thank you.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Well done! I'm impressed.


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b. Malin 5 years ago

Very creative, seeing it all through a thirteen year olds mind...Well done!


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Healing Touch 5 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

Totally CSIish, Love it twinhead. Great job.


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Michael Adams1959 5 years ago from Wherever God leads us.

great story well written and interesting, thanks for the hub


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Robwrite 5 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

Maybe you could do a whole series of "Johnny" adventures", with him solving crimes.


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Aris Budianto 5 years ago from Lying along the equator Country

Nice reading, Makes me remember about Conan the detective, good job.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks Twilight Lawns. I love writing short stories and thought I'd get one out on hubpages. I enjoy shows like CSI, Medium, Criminal Minds and 48 Hours Murder Mystery and anything with a twist. It means a lot that you took the time to read the story. Thanks :)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks Will, that means a lot. I really appreciate that you took time to read it as I know you kinda have to be in the mood to read a short story.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thank you b.-Malin. I think kids are such an open vessel that they are usually the ones to see things adults can't. My story is of course fiction but bits and pieces had some truths to it. It feels really good to get support on my first short story on hubpages. I'm jazzed you and others here are reading it-YAE, YIPPEE:)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks sis-Yes, you know how I love the mysteries. It's really fun getting one of my short stories out on hubpages. No better place to get support of good friends and fellow writers. Love you


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

You are so welcome Michael and thanks for taking time out of your day to read my first short story here on hubpages. I am thrilled:) Picture me skipping and dancing around my kitchen. LOL


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

OMG Rob-That is such a great idea. I have sooo many stories I could write with Johnny as the so-called medium. You just pumped me up so much. OK, I am jumping up and down now. Thanks for your great idea:)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Aris-I don't remember Conan but I remember reading the hollisters as a kid. They solved mysteries and murders. I just thought of another cool mystery. Did you ever happen to listen to Mystery Theatre on the radio back in the 70's??? My sister, dad and I use to sit down at night with popcorn and blankets and listen to it. What a great memory. Thanks for taking time to read my short-story. The support means very much to me:)


JASON NICHOLS 5 years ago

I liked it. I like to read mystery novels and this one is a very good one. I am making my own series of Mystery novels which i am going to publish soon. I have already finished like 20 books or so.

I want to read more of your Jonny adventures. Please give me more.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Man does that mean a lot coming from a mystery writer. I will write more with Johnny as the detective. There are soo many ideas in my head-Where do I start....

I'm really psyced to read yours. Would you send me an email when you publish yours because I will be your number one fan. I can't get enough of this stuff. Thanks for taking time to read this JASON:)


JASON NICHOLS 5 years ago

And yes Minnetonka Twin, I will send you an email when i publish mine. The idea given by Robwrite is a very good one! Your stories are so good that they could be printed in the form of a book. You can easily prepare a medium out of Jonny adventures.

This is just a suggestion what i am telling you now. You have shown that Jhonny is alone so why not give Jhonny a good friend, Like a DOG!!! It's up to you now. You are the author.

And be careful before you start publishing Jonny adventure series. There are spammers out there who may try to copy your work. So before you start publishing these series, Copyright you work. Below is a link there you can make your work protected. Here all work is protected by http://myfreecopyright.com/ and has been licensed under Creative Commons license.

I hope this helps you:) Lots of good luck for your Jonny adventure series. JASON.


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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa

How I wish we had many more Johnnies in this world – just imagine: no unsolved murder cases. This was a fascinating story, MT. I’ve voted it UP in all ways.


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Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

Great little story and with kids always fun too!


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

JASON-Thank you soo much for these great suggestions. I agree that Johnny needs a partner and why not a dog. The Johnny in this story is someone I am close to in real life and he does have a dog. This is soo exciting. I also want to thank you for the copyright thing. I had no idea how to go about that. I will do it right now. Your brilliant about the dog idea and it fits perfectly for this character. I'm so pumped up right now. So many thank you's.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks for the compliment Martie and for hitting buttons for me.

I too wish we had more intuitives like Johnny in the real world.

I do plan to continue this as a series, thanks to Robwrite.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks a lot Polly. I appreciate it:)


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Dr. Amilia 5 years ago

This was a very interesting read.


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Emily40 5 years ago

Minne this was awesome you made up this? wow love it.

If you dont mind me asking how old are you? Jus askin was wondering if your profile picture is recent,looks young and cute!

Cheers:)


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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden

What a great story! It is both exciting and written with warmth. You are such a gifted writer! I enjoyed reading this!


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Aris Budianto 5 years ago from Lying along the equator Country

I never listened to Mystery Theater but I agree with Jason's idea about a dog, waiting for the next Johnny adventure series.


JASON NICHOLS 5 years ago

Yep Aris, I can't wait for the next Jhonny adventure series to come out!!! I know it for sure that Minnetonka Twin will do a very good job on the next series. Good luck:)


JASON NICHOLS 5 years ago

Minnetonka Twins i cant wait anymore. I want to read the next Jhonny adventure series now. I am so excited when jhonny adventures will come out and when will i read it. Can you at least tell the date when it's gonna be published? I promise you that i will take leave from work so that i can come home and read Jhonny adventures. Please tell me when you are gonna publish it.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks Doc-:)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Emily-Yes this is a picture of me and my identical twin sister many years ago when we were in our older cousins wedding as flower girls. I am 48 years old now. Wouldn't it be wild to have a kid this age writing on hubpages. Thanks so much for stopping by:)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thank you thoughforce-That means so much to me:)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Aris-Oh, mystery theatre was so cool. I am so very pumped about people waiting for more on Johnny and his adventures. This is why Hubpages is so amazing. The people that support us make us better writers and give us ideas that we may never come up with. Thanks:)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

JASON JASON JASON-You humble me. I am so excited about this and am coming up with my next one as we speak. I will let you know via email as soon as It's coming out. Thanks so much-I am very choked up right now:)


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VividImage 5 years ago from Chandler, Arizona

I'm speechless. What an amazing piece of work this is. Like Jason, I look forward to reading more as well. Thank you again for sharing your talent. It gives me something to strive for!


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thank you so much VividImage. You humble me:)I am working on my next chapter from Johnny.


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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Wonderful awesome work Dear hesart. God Bless You.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thank you stars. God Bless:)


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epigramman 5 years ago

...well this is very absorbing and well put together containing so many narrative elements that usually constitute a full length novel and you have skillfully

condensed it all into short story form - and I am just in the mood for this kind of genre because I have just finished watching my favorite TV show on CBC - 48 Hours Mystery!!! I think Hubpages has a new Agatha Christie!!!!!


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

OHH Colin, that is so sweet of you to say.

Too funny because I just watched 48 hours murder mystery too. They were re-runs though:(

I'm a sucker for all those psychological thrillers. I watch CSI, Criminal Minds, Medium, Ghost Whisperer, Law and Order, NCIS...I think you see my point. Now that two of my favorite ones have been cancelled, I feel the need to write mysteries on hubpages. Thanks for your kind words my friend:)


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

This would be an ability which would be wonderful yet rather scary at the same time. I am sure there are people who have it. Your story kept my interest the entire way...thanks for sharing! WB


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poetvix 5 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

Wow! You made this kid come alive. This is the foundation not of a book, but a series of books. Your ability to write this boy so vividly is truly impressive. I want more!


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks for your comments Wayne-It means a lot that it kept your interest. I love writing short stories and plan to keep going on this one.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Poetvix-You humble me and your kind comments made my day. On the suggestion of a couple hubber friends, I will be making this a series where this boy solves cold cases. Thank you so much for reading this:)


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Great story! Thank you - also - I think my kids need some more DS time of your kind, rather than playing on their DS games:)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Amen to that RealHousewife. I so relate to that! Thanks so much for reading my short story. It means a lot. I appreciate that you were patient enough to read it. I will be making this a series but have to get inspired to keep going on it. My nephew that I live with is "johnny" in this series. He's a great kid and very intuitive since he was born.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

You should write a series! That would be great:-)! I loved the story too!


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

I plan to but I've just had writers block. Thanks for reading my short story.

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