Niccolò Finato is a 19-year-old student at the Green School and has written an amazing and creative thriller/crime story completely in English. He not only writes stories, but also writes reviews for games and films.
A truly talented student and writer who has worked so hard over the past year and successfully passed all his exams with flying colors! We hope you enjoy the story as much as we did. It’s very tense, with a genius concept and will have you on the edge of your seat! (scary stuff)
There was a new case for Julia and Anthony.
Currently, Julia is one of the most famous coroners in the city and Anthony one of the greatest private detectives in the world. They still live in 221B, Baker Street, the old house of Sherlock Holmes.
It was early in the morning and Julia, as always, was doing an autopsy for the police, while Anthony was having breakfast.
The unknown body was found by an agent near Victoria station. The body of the man was checked carefully by Julia, outside: his eyes were without any colour but the body was perfect, neither hurt nor scratched; inside, the organs were perfect, too, but in the stomach there was a little match to make fire. It was so strange.
The facts weren’t clear and the cause of death, too.
She decided to tell Anthony everything. Julia described the dead body to him and immediately Anthony ran to the autopsy room, on the third floor, he said that he had seen similar cases a lot of years ago, before he knew her. The cases were archived without anyone being involved in an arrest, despite the fact that he had been working hard during that time to find someone responsible.
So Julia was frightened, a bit, because every case with him had been solved.
Anthony told Julia the main points of that killer: he was without fingerprints and hair, too, because every time they couldn’t find proof or traces of DNA, and always there was a matchstick in the victim’s stomach.
It was 10 o’clock.
The police called old Sherlock’s home. The phone rang three times before Julia answered.
She answered the phone, the policeman said to Julia that another dead body had been found in the same place as the previous. The couple went together to the crime scene.
Also this time the victim was a young man.
The police needed their help, but Anthony was not so happy to have a case with the police and he told Julia not to tell them everything.
A lot of things were really strange: there was still the match in the victim’s stomach, no colours in his eyes, no witnesses despite the busy area and the body was perfect, not hurt.
‘If there aren’t any witnesses, the killer must bring the dead body to the scene after their death, without any doubt!’, and he added: ‘He must be a professional’
Shaky, Julia and Antony went to eat a jacket potato and think on it.
Everything depended on Anthony’s mind. However, the coroner once at home, did some tests with both of the dead men. She had graduated in biology and she was very able in chemistry.
The evidence from the tests was that on the skin of both, there were traces of sewer bacteria, even if the body were perfectly clean. It was late, 2 a.m., so Julia thought about telling her new discovery to Anthony the next day.
She went to bed.
The alarm clock sounded and Julia went quickly to her mate’s room, but he wasn’t there! He was already awake, and he was having breakfast with his classical English tea and some bacon and eggs.
When he saw Julia’s countenance he was immediately curious. He knew her very well. She talked about her tests and Anthony like a leopard picked up his French coat and went out speedily, he knocked over his tea. Julia took her jacket and she went with the detective.
The tea dripped onto the carpet.
Anthony surely understood something. They went near the place where the previous two victims had been found by policemen. Paying attention to keep his expensive French coat clean, Anthony lifted a sombre and with Julia he went inside the sewer.
There was incredibly pure water. They started walking, the lights were unstable, they blinked continuously. It was really disturbing for both of them. There was a tiny buzzing noise of electrical cables, and they could hear a small mechanic noise, too. It came from the right of the crossroads in the pipes, they decided to go that way.
There were 2 rooms at the end of that sewer corridor and in the second room Anthony saw a black shadow in the darkness just us the light went out! When the light was on again, there wasn’t anything nor anyone. The couple took their steps slowly, with extreme caution.
They entered the first room, immediately the glass door closed, they were trapped.
Anthony immediately looked around in search of an escape, but from two gas cylinders a gas began to leak out. In a few seconds Anthony began to sleep and Julia too.
He hit his head on the floor and Julia on him.
Nearly two hours passed and they were awake again but tied with a rope abreast
A shadow was sitting in front of them in the darkness, he looked like he had no hair; Anthony thought that the solution after all these years was finally in front of him but he was with hands and legs trapped and Julia the same. The shadow was coming near them and the view was not so nice: his face was completely destroyed, maybe due to a fire, his body was almost completely covered by old, serious burns.
The man now was sitting behind them and he said:
‘I have to say something’.
So he started to tell them his story:
‘It was about 12 years ago when me and my wife had an accident’.
He was extremely quiet and his breath was so slow that he seemed without any emotions.
He continued with his scratchy and frosty voice:
‘We were on our way, I was driving at 90 towards home and a truck came upon us, we went outside the lane, the car was losing fuel and it was close to exploding. My wife was trapped inside the car and I tried to free her but the car exploded and I was near’.
Anthony interrupted him:
‘Why are you telling us your past?’
The killer answered:
‘Call me Robert detective and shut up’. Always with extreme calmness.
He added: ‘ I have to say something’.
So he continued with his story:
‘I had been in coma for 2 years, when I woke up I remembered my name only, but then time went by and I realised the person that I was; I was a doctor, a biotechnologist and I was searching a new formula to make a new amazing material…’
So Anthony asked him what he meant. A moment of silence and then Robert decided to take both Anthony and Julia in his laboratory. He put them on two wheelchairs. They were tied so that they couldn’t hit him.
The trio passed 3 rooms, it was like a house.
Robert said that in the last 7 years it had been his own house, because before he lived in another city close by but a detective was close to discovering his laboratory, so he moved lived here now.
Finally, they were in front of a steel door. Robert typed in the code and they entered together. It was a fantastic laboratory full of the latest technologies. There was a big door of a huge freezer. Anthony said:
‘You keep your victims in there, don’t you?’.
‘You don’t understand anything detective’.
A moment of silence.
Then Robert pushed the wheelchairs over the door of the big fridge.
There were many organs in glass boxes, Anthony and Julia were disgusted. Livers, lungs, kidneys and eyes, just white eyes.
Only for a moment did they stay in that fridge room and Robert took the wheelchairs again and he pushed them to another room and before entering it he said:
‘Now you are going to discover the truth’.