Thanks to Sadje for continuing this popular photoprompt in memory of Hélène who passed away last year.
Image Credit; Hoi An- Unsplash
( For visually challenged viewers, the picture shows an old bicycle parked in some bushes. There are old tools on its rack and a basket in the front)
When asked, no-one could remember when the bicycle had first appeared.
Neither could anyone recall how long it had actually been there.
There was also some confusion as to who it belonged to.
As no-one had been missing, imaginations went into overdrive.
Mrs Pierce said it belonged to the vicar.
Tom Rubble said it belonged to the delivery boy from the local store.
Ada Wright believed it was the property of Alice Webb to get to her rendezvous with her own husband, Peter.
Peter denied it of course and said Alice didn’t have a bicycle. When questioned later by the police, he admitted he used to meet her in the supermarket car park. He was handed divorce papers within a week.
After the body was found, the bicycle was taken away for examination and fingerprints.
It turned out that it didn’t belong to anyone in the village, just the unfortunate
owner who had come round the hairpin bend at the bottom of the hill too fast, hit a tree and gone flying into the undergrowth, breaking his neck as he landed.
No-one knew who he was or where he’d come from, but for one person, the bicycle was familiar, and they were keeping quiet.