Story :: Going Missing

Going Missing
(128 words)

She hesitated at the door to the corner shop. There were only two minutes before it closed for the night, and she desperately needed cocoa powder, but she couldn’t move. The poster had nailed her to the spot.

MISSING: Luca Brevig

26yo blond male, 5’6”

Last seen, Salford Royal hospital, 26/12/12

Any information, call: ####

The picture was old, and hadn’t come out well in the photocopying. Marina had obviously gone back a long way to find a picture of him without bruises. Still, Gutter took it and carefully folded it into her coat pocket just in case a neighbour got suspicious. She thought about sending an anonymous message, let the woman know that Luca was gone forever, or feed her some false information.

Then again, Marina hadn’t bothered to offer a reward.


Written for the CAKE.shortandsweet Wednesday Write-in. Read the rest of Gutter and Luca’s story here!

Read my other free stories here.


About sarahgracelogan

Sarah Grace is an itinerant scribbler and general layabout. She runs a writing group called CAKE.shortandsweet, because any form of procrastination from actual writing is always attractive to the serious author of refined taste. When not distracted by laser pens, Sarah Grace writes novels, short stories and flash fiction, poetry, stage scripts and screenplays. She has performed her work at Stirred Poetry, Bad Language and Tongue in Cheek Manchester. Her first publication, Humping the Boonies is a self-published chapbook available directly from the author, or from Travelling Man, Manchester. You can find more details about her ongoing projects, not to mention a selection of free stories up for grabs right here on her blog. She also likes to talk about theatre, film, books, photography, and especially games and other things that involve collaborative storytelling. Sarah Grace likes feedback, in whatever form it comes.


  1. It’s a bit early to be writing/reading sinister pieces like this. I hope Gutter refers to where her mind is rather than how she handles a knife.

  2. Brilliant! I love stories like this. Punchy, powerful and dark. Really fantastic work!

  3. Tessa Sheppard

    Short and full of descriptive details. A great set up for a mystery or crime story. 🙂

  4. Elaine McKay

    Intriguing. Has Gutter helped him? Or killed him? Poor, poor Luca! And definitely looking forward to more.

  5. Elaine Peters

    Dark. I really like the last line – no reward, no info.

  6. This is great! Especially love the use of the name Marina- tells so much- really chilling:well done!

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