Murder in spring

Disclaimer: I don't own nothing 'cept the plot.
It's springtime again. God, I hate this time of year! It was springtime when she was murdered… I bet you don't know what happened, so I guess I will have to explain it to you…

It was around this time of year, when everyone heard the news. My best friend, Karen, had been murdered. Yes, murdered! It had been my mother to discover her body as well. I was the very first person she told.

"Popuri, you're friend has been murdered! Karen's dead!" My mother, Lillia, cried as she approached our Poultry Farm. I turned chalk white when I heard this. I asked her to take me to where she was found. She took me by the hand and took me to the beach. I saw Karen lying right in the middle of the beach, three bullet wounds piercing her chest. I started to cry.

"Does… Does Rick know yet?" I asked her. Mom shook her head. I nodded, and walked out of the beach. I walked back home to find Rick. He was feeding the chickens. I walked towards him slowly.

"Hey, Popuri, what's wrong?" Rick asked me, noticing I was crying.

"Karen… She's been murdered." I whispered. Rick just took a step back, shaking his head.

"No, she can't be dead… Are you sure it's her?" Rick asked. I nodded.

"I saw her with my own eyes. Mom discovered her." I replied. Rick began to cry. He ran into the house, slamming the door behind him. I stood there a while longer, staring at the ground, thoughts and memories of Karen racing throughout my mind.

"Hey, Popuri!" A voice from behind me said, waking me up from my trance. I turned around to see my friend Jill.

"Hey, what's the matter? Did you get in a fight with Rick or something?" She asked.

"No… It has nothing to do with him. It's about Karen…" I said, my words catching in my throat.

"What's wrong, you can tell me." I began to shake violently.

"Some… Some cold, heartless person has murdered her!" I shouted. I then collapsed, sobbing. Jill's eyes widened.

"How many people know?" She asked.

"You, Rick, Mom, and I. That's it, as far as I know." I replied.

"Well, I think we should go and talk to Harris, let's go." Jill told me, picking me up. As we walked away from the Poultry Farm, Gray walked out of the blacksmith shop.

"Hey, what's wrong you guys? Something happen?" Gray asked, concerned.

"Come, we'll show you." Jill said. I lead the way to the beach, and showed them Karen. Gray shook his head and looked again.

"Who… who did this…?" He asked angrily. We shook our heads, telling him we didn't know.

"Let's go see Harris; he might be able to catch the killer." Jill said firmly, walking toward the Mayors house. We walked inside to find my mom already telling him about Karen's murder.

"Popuri told us what happened." Jill explained.

"Right, we better go check out that body." Harris said.

"Hello, are we having a party or something? What's everyone standing at the Mayors house for?" I black haired woman by the name of Manna asked.

"Manna, go spread the news. Karen was just murdered, her body found at Mineral Beach." Harris explained. Manna looked frightened, then sympathetic.

"Ahh, I shall. What a terrible tragedy. Do we know who the murderer is yet? How many people know?"

"Gray, Jill, Popuri, Lillia, Mayor Thomas, Rick, and I know about the murder. As for who did it, we are still clueless." Manna nodded and walked over to the town square.

Within a half an hour flat, everyone in Mineral town knew about Karen's death. Harris had investigated the body, confirming that she was indeed murdered. Jeff and Sasha, Karen's parents, were devastated. Harris decided to call up the city police.

"No, we must keep to ourselves. We can handle finding this murderer on our own." Sasha told him.

"Well, I guess we'll need to make our own team of investigators. I will lead it. Who wants to join?" Harris asked. I felt I needed to help Karen in any way possible, so I was the first to join. Mom wanted to join, but Dr. Tim told her she needed to rest. Soon Gray and Jill asked to join, followed by Mary and Cliff. Everyone else decided it to be too dangerous, except Ann, but Doug and Cliff told her not to do it. Harris told us to go home and rest for the day; we would need all the energy we could get. I walked home. I found Rick standing in front of the fire place, staring at the burnt coals.

"Hey, Rick… We're going to find who did this, I promise." I said. Rick just nodded. I walked upstairs to my room. I flopped on my bed.

"Don't worry Karen, we'll find who killed you…" I thought as I drifted off into a deep sleep.