The Smell Tester

Photo by: Yarnspinnerr.

Detective Sarawut Kurusarttra had solved an amazing twenty-three unsolvable cases in the city of Kanchanaburi, Thailand. Chief of Police, Kongpaisarn, demanded to know how he did it. Always honest to a fault, Sarawut showed him.

Chaiprasit sat beside a row of incense oil burners. The thin, weathered man looked homeless.

“Him?” scoffed Chief Kongpaisarn. “A beggar is your source?”

“His sense of smell is astonishing!” enthused Sarawut. “Chai can tell you almost anything. He burns these oils to avoid constant information overload from smell.”

Kongpaisarn spat angrily. “Bullshit, Kurusarttra! This worthless beggar knows nothing! You’re avoiding telling me your real source. I am your boss! You must tell me by tomorrow or you’re fired!” He stomped away angrily.

Sarawut sat on the curb, dazed. He wondered aloud, “I solve more cases than anyone, and now I’m losing my job?”

“You won’t lose your job,” said Chaiprasit.

“Really? Do you smell a lie?”



“Chief Kongpaisarn’s mistress is pregnant. His sexually deprived and depressed wife regularly cleans her gun. You do the math.”
Written for: Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers:

About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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23 Responses to The Smell Tester

  1. James says:

    That was fabulous. My wife’s sense of smell probably isn’t that acute, but she definitely smells things I am totally oblivious to.

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  2. joetwo says:

    There are no guarantees. The wife might miss.

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    • EagleAye says:

      Very true. Then again, the detective might simply use good old, tried and true, blackmail. The threat of his wife learning and shooting might enough to keep his job. 😉


  3. bbryanthomas says:

    I like it. I sense we both are on the same wavelength

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  4. Jelli says:

    Had to laugh at that ending. Funny one.

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  5. Hahahaha! His sexually deprived and depressed wife is going to rid the world of this awful man! LOL! Great story as always!!

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  6. kiwi says:

    Now that was handy lol that the chief of police had been unfaithful. Karma is working on all levels. Fantastic story

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  7. Lyn says:

    Hmmmm Chief Kongpaisarn has been a very naughty boy. Serves him right.

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  8. Wonderful dialogue – I could almost hear them! As for the ending…brilliant!

    Click to visit Keith’s Ramblings

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  9. tedstrutz says:

    Good one, Eric. I enjoyed the names.

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  10. I love the twist at the end. Now the sauce thickens 🙂

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