by Allison Symes
Stone Cold Tea
'There's another one on the news, Ben.'
'Another what, Mum?'
'Don't you watch anything? Another poor sod has been found strangled with a deflated balloon.You be careful out there.'
'Mum, I'm off to the pub with Rob and Steve, as usual. Stop worrying. You should watch out. I at least look like a rugby player. You look as if a strong gust would knock you off your feet these days.'
'I'm not going anywhere.'
The knock startled Moira. Bloody Ben's left his key behind again, I bet.
But it wasn't Ben at the front door. The guy looked her own age.
'Who are you? What do you want?'
It was just after midnight Ben found his late mother in the hall where she fell. On her face was a red balloon.
Allison Symes, who adores reading and writing tales with a twist, is published by Chapeltown Books, Cafelit, and Bridge House Publishing. She is a member of the Society of Authors and Association of Christian Writers. A round-up of her writing is at http://allisonsymescollectedworks.wordpress.com and she blogs for Chandler’s Ford Today - http://chandlersfordtoday.co.uk/author/allison-symes/