This house has a beautiful look, filled to the brim with magic and beautiful porches. It’s a sight to behold. It has a beautiful porch and a housekeeper named Nashela, who was the new housekeeper since the other one quit. For the time being, she was there and was very surprised with the house and how it looks.

Soon, she discovers the secrets of what’s to come. She was in the house and heard a screech coming from the basement door. “What was that?” Nashela asked. She opened the door to see a basement, which was very dark. Knowing her curiosity, she went down with a flashlight. All she sees are boxes, but she hears the screeching again. “Where is that sound coming from?” she asked, overwhelmed. She looks at one of the boxes and hears it again. “It’s coming from there.” She looks inside to find a horrific scene. She sees a bloody cat in the box and tries to get it out.

Nashela takes the cat out and patches it with bandages, stopping the bleeding. She wonders why there is a bloody cat in a box and names it Smiles. She is still trying to figure out how and why the cat is there when the house owner arrives. She quickly hides the cat in her purse.

“Nashela, why is the basement door open?” Mr Herbert asked.

“The wind got in and it opened,” Nashela said. “Ok your shift is done and as promised here’s your pay.”

“Thank you,” Nashela said. She quickly went home, hearing the cat’s voice talking and calling her name. “You must be hungry, let me feed you some food.” She smiles and makes a plan to go back to the basement the next day.

Nashela is in the kitchen waiting for Mr. Herbert to leave. “I’ll be gone for a while please keep the house in good shape.” As soon as he leaves, Nashela goes down to the basement, turning on the light. She sees the boxes and opens one of them, finding a horrific scene of a dead dog with an open cut wound on its head and stomach. She checks the other boxes to find more dead dogs and cats with cut wounds from knives.

“Oh my god!” Nashela calls 911 as fast as possible. “911 what’s your emergency? I’m calling because there is a murder going on.”

The police arrive and ask Nashela questions. “Who is the house owner?” Officer Jerry asked. “I’m the housekeeper. He is at work.”

“Where is the scene of the murder?” Officer Jerry asked. “Downstairs in the basement,” Nashela said.

They go downstairs to see the boxes and Officer Jerry opens them to find dead dogs and cats with open cut wounds. “What in the world?! There are so many dead animals, how could this be?!” Officer Jerry said.

Officer Jerry and other officers investigate the crime scene until Mr Herbert arrives. “What’s going on here? Nashela, why are there officers here?” Mr Herbert asked.


“What are you talking about? I never did a single thing,” Mr Herbert said. “You have killed animals to use their body parts,” Officer Jerry said.

“Where is the evidence?” Mr Herbert asked. “In your basement,” Officer Jerry replied. They look in the basement and show the bodies of the dead animals in their body bags to Mr Herbert.

“HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE?!” Mr Herbert screamed with rage. “You are under arrest,” Officer Jerry said.

Then something monstrous happened. By luck, Mr Herbert was able to get out of handcuffs and escape. They tried shooting him, but it was too late. Mr Herbert escaped into the woods.

“How did this happen?!” Nashela cried loudly. The police went searching and made wanted posters for a $1000 bounty. The whole neighborhood was after Mr Herbert.

Two weeks later, on a dark and stormy night, Nashela was sleeping when something crazy happened. The window broke and Nashela heard it. She tempted herself to go down and brought a hammer for protection. Smiles woke up from the noise and hid under the bed.

Nashela checked downstairs and saw a man with a ski mask looking in the kitchen. She immediately hid behind the wall. She got closer to the mysterious man and hit him with the hammer. She brought him down to the basement and tied him to the chair. She unmasked him and was flabbergasted.

“The donut delivery guy?!” She asked while screaming. “Why would he break in?”

He explained that her cat had stolen and eaten the donuts he was supposed to deliver, and his boss got mad at him. Nashela apologized and asked him to do two favors: tell her when Mr Herbert was last seen and repair her window.

The donut delivery guy told her he had seen someone hiding in the woods near an abandoned wooden shack. He gave her the keys to repair her window and she left for the woods.

35 minutes later, Nashela found the shed and saw someone at the window. She looked closer and saw a very drained Mr Herbert. She called the police and they arrived to arrest him.

“HOW COULD THIS HAPPEN?!” Mr Herbert said angrily. They finally arrested him and the town was safe again. Everyone was happy.

The end.

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December 11, 2023 5:42 pm

Dear Riudy,’
Your post made me think there are concerning people with concerning problems. Even though this might be fiction I am stunned by the fact this can be true. Something I wonder is if other would think this would be a murder house


September 22, 2023 3:42 pm

Dear Riudy
I am shocked by your post, “The Murder Animal Mystery” because I was unaware that animal murders or mass murders were an existent crime.

One sentence you wrote that stood out to me was “‘The donut delivery guy?”‘ I think this is a clever added detail because as you’re reading the text you dont expect a complete turn of events.

Thank you for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you have a great way of making the stories interesting and unable to predict. I love it when writers make stories unpredictable because it keeps you engaged with the story.

Sarah Portillo

September 21, 2023 6:47 am

Dear Riudy 

I am impressed by your short story, “The Murder Animal Mystery” because it was really interesting to read. I like murder mysteries myself and this was also funny to read. I liked how when I was reading I was able to visualize the events in my head. 

One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is: “By luck, Mr Herbert was able to get out of handcuffs and escape. They tried shooting him, but it was too late. Mr Herbert escaped into the woods.” This is just so bizarre to me because how did he get out of the handcuffs and if cops were shooting him, how did none of the bullets hit him or even graze him. Although this is quite strange I also find it very humorous with the donut delivery guy trying to come get his revenge on a cat. 

Thanks for your writing. I look forward to reading what you have next, hopefully some more murder mysteries. I really enjoyed this short story and had very much fun reading it. 

Edward Hernandez

September 21, 2023 1:40 am

Dear Riudy,
I am very intrigued by your animal murder mystery because I myself am a murder mystery lover so this was something that caught my attention. I liked how you described what was going on, and I even pictured it in my head the scene. Thank you for your writing and I can’t wait to see what you post next because you are very creative and a good story writer!

  • Janet Rodriguez

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