Margaret – Martin Gosling – 1900 words (Crime)
An embittered former Army officer sets out to kill his cousin who, he believes, was responsible for the failure of his pursuit of the woman he had loved.
Charcoal clouds that had loomed all afternoon now broke near the horizon and steamed crimson across the setting sun.
The tall man patted the pocket of his tweed jacket into which he had earlier placed four shotgun cartridges. Away to his left, beyond the oak-studded park, the Grange seemed to blaze as each window reflected the orange disk of the sun. In the tower above the stable, a clock struck seven, the cracked bell giving its familiar dull, anvil ring.
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