CHARLES SPLINTS – The Man That Can Do It All!
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Charles “The Solver” Splints first made an appearance in my story collection Blissfire in the story “Losing Focus on Reality”. In this story he’s fallen too far from his hard boiled days to be able to return to them alone. A young woman knocks on his door and gives him a case. She needs to find someone…but who?
Since his first appearance in “Blissfire” I’ve brought Charles Splints back and into his more hard-boiled days. His newer stories taking place before “Losing Focus on Reality” and getting a closer look at what his expulsion from the police force is doing to him. Once the city’s greatest cop Charles Splints becomes the only man willing to do whatever it takes clean up what the police force can’t.
What did I do the first day of 2014? I woke up super early and started writing…here’s the result.
Charles “The Solver” Splints is going to have a pull out a few new tricks to cap off his latest case. Will the wise-cracking detective be able to take down his latest threat known as the Grid? He has the city against him, but that’s how he likes it. No rules and plenty of insults, Charles steps into another impossible case.
Charles is back an his latest case has his client getting their moneys worth. He was hired to clear the name of a man who was framed for murder, but the small time dealer that made the hit was working for the Grid. Charles is going to have to climb his way to the top in order to make sure that his client gets out of this alive. But what about Charles? Can he really put a stop to this new threat known as the Grid?
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Splints is sucked into yet another case and this time it may be a bit more than he can handle. He needs to come up with a plan and he needs to come up with it FAST!
The day started just as the others. Girl walks in. Case get’s laid down and there’s the money right beside it. She wants something done and Splints questions her motives, so she proves it to him that her task needs to be done. Good luck, Splints. You’ll need it.
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Charles is back and his latest case has his client getting their moneys worth. He was hired to clear the name of a man who was framed for murder, but the small time dealer that made the hit was working for the Grid. Charles is going to have to climb his way to the top in order to make sure that his client gets out of this alive. But what about Charles? Can he really put a stop to this new threat known as the Grid? (Short Story 1 of 5)
Charles Splints has a reputation for never leaving a case unfinished. He brought an end to the leader of the Grid, but now someone else has taken the role and has put a hit out on the “The Solver”. Splints has to fight his way through members of the Grid in order to find where the new leader is hiding. Who is the Grid’s newest leader? What will Splints do if he finds him? Will there be any black coffee left this time? (Short Story 2 of 5)
Charles Splints is put into a situation that forces him to change his attack against the Grid. With members now looking to him for the answers he tries to keep wannabe King’s from following his previous actions to claim the throne, all while trying to use his new power to help save the city. (Short Story 3 of 5)
Charles Splints has been challenged and his spot atop the Grid is in jeopardy. With a poem as his only clue to a murder he storms out and goes searching for answers. Will he be able to solve the case before he ends up being next? Or will the next challenger finally take out the infamous detective? (Short Story 4 of 5)
Charles ‘The Solver’ Splints is no longer the leader of the Grid, but he still lives! Venus thinks she’s finally beaten the old detective as she has the city in her grasp, but with a fresh cup of black coffee Splints is back on the case. And this time he’s not willing to leave any trace of the Grid behind once he’s done. (Short Story 5 of 5)
Charles leads a group out to get him to a bar for a final showdown in Home
Other Charles Cases written in poetic short-short stories –
A young seven-year-old Charles (don’t call him Charlie) Splints takes on a case during recess in Gumshoe
The Bubblegum Bandit – Another case for young Charles (don’t call him Charlie) Splints
Hear about Charles as The Hall Monitor
What happens when Charles is sent to the Principal’s Office?
temptation they call it
the wandering of the mind from the needed to the wanted
sometimes the mind just gets totally confused
it’s like they were both tossed into a blender
put on frapé
i used to pronouce that word like i do grape
sounded better my way
“there a point to all this, Splints?”
“just trying to solve the world’s problems, barkeep.”
“you can’t solve them all, Splints.”
“it’s worth a shot.”
They get in the way of people being realistic about life, but without them what’s the point anyway? I wake up every single day doing what I love. The money, heh, it hardly pays for my drinks here. That don’t matter though. I’m happy, I feel like I can say that.
“You finished, Splints?”
“No such luck, barkeep.”
“We can’t all have our dreams come true…”
“Ha, aim lower.”
“why don’t you have a drink, writer?”
“because i’m writing this poem we are in.”
“all the greats used to drink.”
“yea, they used to.”
“don’t you want to be one of the greats?”
“of course. but times have changed.”
“suit yourself then…”
“Deel? well that’s never going to catch on. you need something like my name, Charles ‘The Solver’ Splints.”
“that is quite catchy.”
“i thought of it myself.”
“no you didn’t.”
“hmmf, like you would know. barkeep, one more go of the same.”
“any jobs you working on, Splints?”
“two right now. they’re sitting on your desktop, you started them because ediiting your novel gets boring.”
“it doesn’t get boring, i just like to create new stories a lot.”
“yea, okay. well finish that novel up so i can take a few more jobs. my apartment could use a few refills.”
“i’m sure it can. i’ll get right on that.”
“you know…you’re not such a bad guy after all.”
“good to know i suppose. were there really ever any doubts?”
“oh, you know…the guys talk. Hank and his crazy stories, you know how he gets. Banton and Jaki always arguing. it’s just nice to finally meet you.”
“same to you.”
“can you write me up a dame?”
“worth a shot. barkeep!”