The man behind the counter stirred.  (There are your six words! And how about some more?)

He’d been sitting perfectly still for over half an hour, the kneading of his powerful jaw the only sign of inner turmoil. The man stretched and looked around his shop. Nothing had changed. No one came to eclectic Baraway Lane when the weather was bad, and oh.. it was bad. It had been sleeting cats and dogs for three days keeping the buskers, and the onlookers, at bay. It was bad for business, but great for thinking.

It was three weeks since the girl had gone missing from Ringer’s shop. Vanished, into thin air. Leaving nothing but a smell of perfume and a phone receiver, swinging from its cord. That rhythmic swing haunted Ringer, taunting him in his dreams. Every lead he’d followed led to a dead end and even three days of thinking hadn’t left him with anything new to follow up on...

This month I am participating in the April A-Z Challenge! My theme for the month is ‘character development.’ Some days will be exercises from John Gardner’s The Art of Fiction, others will be profiles of characters from my book Armageddon: Pick Your Plot, and some will just be random characters I make up. I hope you enjoy! Ringer is a character I created last spring who is part of a work in progress.
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