Thursday, November 5, 2009

A Mystery

Rushing home from work the other day, I nearly banged into something that had no business perching itself where normally I should be. Looked like a pair of coffins, but of course I was hallucinating.

Took a closer look, and yes, it was a pair of coffins. Made of finely polished wood, with brass crossed embedded on them.

Ours is a fully-commercial building. There are printing presses, gem traders, advertising agencies and even our non-profit, but no residences. Who then was being carried off to their final place of rest? Was it a pair of long dead employees who were discovered hunched over their desks only that day? Was it someone trying to smuggle out drugs or gemstones in coffins? Were they to be used as quirky office furniture?

Nobody seemed to own the coffins - they were just standing there, waiting patiently, like coffins are trained to wait. I was in a hurry, so couldn't stay to find out more.
The Mystery remains. What were the coffins doing there?


Anonymous said...

Bizarre and yet how wonderful that coffins can just stand there - in ordinary life - to remind us that life is sweet and all too short?

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

Vampires! :)

I love mysteries in everyday life. They really make it interesting.

Mystery Writing is Murder

The Old Silly said...

The perfect impetus for a mystery novel my dear!

The Old Silly

Watery Tart said...

Oooh! They ARE a good mystery prop, aren't they? Innocent unconnected bystander gets pulled into solving bizarre murder...

The mysteries I run across tend to be things more like "whose pants are those?" Not nearly so conducive to a good murder mystery... though possibly very conducive to a romance/murder...

Cruella Collett said...

Vampires on vacation! I am positive!

Anonymous said...

Yes, "quirky office furniture" --for that dead-end job.

Elspeth Antonelli said...

"Like coffins are trained to wait". Brilliant! I admit seeing two coffins leaning casually against a wall would give me pause. There weren't any sounds coming out of them was there?

Anyone missing?


Chary Johnson said...

That is so creepy but the coffins are quite lovely. I agree with Mari, definitely vampires on vacation.

Love the pun on words, niranjana. They could be coffee tables too. They would make an excellent conversation piece!

dipali said...

Coffins in transit, as we all are!

Rayna M. Iyer said...

@ Fiona - it is a reminder we can all do with, itsn't it. Not so we worry, but so we enjoy life to the fullest?

@ Elizabeth / Cruella/ Chary - that was my first thought too, but no vampire legends on Indian soil :-(

@ Marvin - wouldn't it be too bizarre for a mystery novel?

@ Tami - those are the mysteries I pounder over the most too!

@ Niru - love the play on words - just what an advertising agency is likely to do, right?

@ Elspeth - not that I could hear, no!

@ dipali - that too, yes.


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