Jessica Francis Kane, "The Inquiry"

Investigating deaths in a bomb shelter in WWII.

(from VQR, Spring 2009)

Everyone in the audience was staring at the screen, but when the Museum Cinema in Bethnal Green went dark, people turned to the shapes in the seats next to them and asked, “What happened? Did you see?”

Some described what they thought they’d seen, some what they imagined. Several boys switched on torches and when the voices began to subside, the cinema manager, standing on stage, said the usual bit about a raid: “If you wish to leave, please do so quietly.”

Cool. Nonlinear sorta mystery. I had a little trouble following it, but I blame myself. Read it here.
I love the VQR.

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