By Adrian Ludensi

Rebecca knows that ice floats on (and in) water. The suspect may have concealed the diamond ring in a bag of ice, and then pushed the bag under the water at the edge of the hole. If the thief maneuvered the bag a few feet farther under the sheet of ice, the police diver will have little chance of finding it. The bag is well concealed in water made murky by his repeated dives while searching in the wrong direction; down. The thief could return during the ice swimming event to retrieve the ring — as long as he remembers the location of the bag of ice cubes.

Adrian Ludens is the author of Bedtime Stories for Carrion Beetles, available online on Smashwords and Amazon in multiple formats. His short fiction has appeared in: Blood Lite 3: Aftertaste, Blood Rites, the Stoker-nominated Slices of Flesh, and upcoming in Darker Edge of Desire, among others. Magazine and online appearances include Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, Woman's World, Big Pulp, and Over My Dead Body!. Visit him at

Last year, omdb! published a longer story by this author; "Monday Mourning at the 'Curl Up and Dye'" (June, 2013)

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