#FF — The Wrong Shoes


PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot

It was so simple to don scrubs, ID, and mask. No one glanced her way on the graveyard shift as she wheeled the newborn pod from the nursery, into the elevator, and abandoned it; then carried her precious cargo out of the hospital’s delivery dock doors.

Baby June, being the child of a one-percenter, meant the kidnapping investigation continued. DCI Mathias and team were called in after six months.

Mathias freeze-framed the surveillance tape and said, “The shoes.”

DS Owen searched databases and interviewed orthopedic specialists until she hit.

Baby June was recovered and the kidnapper was arrested. Case closed.

[100 words]

DCI Mathias and DS Owens are characters in a really good new (to me) show I just started watching on Netflix called “Hinterland.” IMDB describes it as, “A noir crime drama set in Aberystwyth, Wales, where troubled DCI Tom Mathias solves murders while searching for redemption.”

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields is the artiste host of Friday Fictioneers.

65 Comments Add yours

  1. neilmacdon says:

    Shoulda worn the overshoes

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  2. Anita says:

    Happy ending!
    Wish all kidnappers will be exposed this way.

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  3. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? is a 1962 American psychological horror thriller film produced and directed by Robert Aldrich and starring Bette Davis and Joan Crawford.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I saw it and it scared the hell out of me as a kid.

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  4. Iain Kelly says:

    I’m still resisting Netflix, but this sounds a good show. Liked the little detail about the one-percenter. It makes all the difference.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      It’s not your typical TV show as the two “episodes” have been 90 minutes each. Thank you for your comment, Iain.

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  5. Sadje says:

    Love the happy ending.

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  6. I am glad for Baby June. Hopefully she was not too scarred 🙂 Nice one, Lisa.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Jolly 🙂

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  7. pennygadd51 says:

    I’m glad baby June was rescued. I hope the kidnapper received the help she needed; your story read very much as though she was motivated by a desire for a child rather then anything more sinister.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes, yes, and yes. Thank you for reading and your comment 🙂

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  8. Sandra says:

    All it takes is more careful observation. Sometimes at least.

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  9. Sue says:

    Great attention to detail! The shoes! Fun read😊

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  10. notestowomen says:

    Great ending to the story. If it hadn’t been for the surveillance tape and DCI Mathias’s sharp eyes.

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  11. Dora says:

    Neat mystery, neat clue, Lisa! A detective’s sharp eyes are his best tool 🙂
    As good as Hinterland is, I can only take it in small doses. The melancholic DCI tends to depress me, poor guy.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I just finished episode 2. Each episode is like a movie at 90 minutes. Pretty in-depth coverage. Yes, he is an all-business glum one. From the clues I’m seeing, it seems his wife has left him and they have twins between them. The location is magnificent landscape but where he lives seems isolated and lonely for him.

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      1. Dora says:

        Yeah, I definitely got as far as figuring out that he was running away from something haunting, and in that sense, the isolated setting is sort of his melancholic refuge. I like the landscape too, one of the major reasons I keep going back to the series. It speaks volumes on its own.

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  12. plaridel says:

    good detective work. somebody earned his spurs. 🙂

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  13. Dale says:

    How often the shoes give it all away. Happy ending for baby Jane and hopefully serious help for the kidnapper.
    And I’ll be looking into that show, thanks!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks for reading and good on Hinterland!

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  14. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    Good mystery Lisa! Columbo would be happy about that case.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 Thanks, Max! Have you seen Knives Out yet?

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      1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

        No Bailey went to see it though when it came out…I haven’t seen it…It looks like a demented version of Clue…Is it good?

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        1. msjadeli says:

          You have to pay attention and the actors make paying attention easy and fun. Yes very good. Daniel Craig and the actress who played the AI gf of Ryan Gosling in Blade Runner 2049 stole the show, but Chris Evans gave them a run for their money.

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          1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

            I asked Bailey again when I got home and he really liked it….he wants us to see it so it will be soon. He is a huge Ryan Gosling fan and a even larger Blade Runner fan.

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  15. They always leave something behind at the scene. Happy ending for the family of the child.
    Nice take on the prompt … Have a great day … Be Safe
    Isadora 😎

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks Isadora!

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  16. Dee | Grammy's Grid says:

    Well done!

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  17. Dear Lisa,

    Brilliant deductions. And oh those addictive Netflix series. I’m being held captive by one. 😉 Well written.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Rochelle, thank you much.
      Shalom,
      Lisa

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      1. You’re most welcome, Lisa. 😉

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  18. Chilling story. There was a child kidnapped like this years ago and she wasn’t discovered until she was in her teens. Her parents must have been in despair all that time.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes, it was nerve-wracking for the parents in the story and thankfully their relief was sooner. Thank you for reading.

      Like

  19. oldentimes says:

    So well done!. I will be looking for Hinterland too.

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  20. Danny James says:

    The 1% always get their way. Another similar series on Netflix is “Broadchurch.” Somewhat on the same topic and geography.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes, Danny, they do, until we put our collective feet down. Will keep “Broadchurch” in mind. The town and the terrain near it are so beautiful.

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  21. A chilling story. So relieved he solved the case!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 Me too, Brenda!

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  22. James McEwan says:

    A nightmare for new mothers when their baby is snatched. A full detective drama in so few words.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, James.

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  23. draliman says:

    They always make one small but vital mistake…

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yep. One of my old CJ professors used to say that every criminal subconsciously leaves clues (at least one) because of conditioning that says they need to pay for their crimes and get caught.

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  24. subroto says:

    Nice, a soleless kidnapper will always get caught.
    I think I am going add Hinterland to my watch list now.

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  25. ahtdoucette says:

    Whew, glad that the baby was found in this one. Great story in a few words.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Anne, yes, I didn’t have the heart to have it be otherwise.

      Like

  26. kittysverses says:

    Loved the ending, Li. Enjoyed your story telling. 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks again, Kitty 🙂

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      1. kittysverses says:

        You are welcome, Li. 🙂

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  27. Bill says:

    “Just the facts, Ma’am, nothing but the facts.” Well done.

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  28. Nobbinmaug says:

    I’ve never heard of “Hinterland.” It looks interesting.

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  29. Laurie Bell says:

    A clever detective spotting an important clue! Nicely done.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Laurie!

      Like

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