This is the first part of a fiction serial, in 770 words.
The first line was suggested as a short story, by writer and blogger, Jon Risdon. https://wilfredbooks.wordpress.com/
I decided to expand it into a longer serial.
After the postlady had pushed the letters through the letterbox, Jon noticed a smear of fresh blood on one of them.
Below the usual stack of bills, circulars, and card statements, the envelope stood out. It was small and square, like the kind that usually contains a greeting card. Sand-coloured, the edges were decorated with maroon squares, in a geometric design. The wide smear of blood was around the stuck down flap at the back, as if whoever had licked the glue had blood around their mouth as they did so.