It stood there, a monochrome structure, unusual in appearance as tourists and curiosity seekers descended upon its immaculate grounds like a swarm of locusts. They came every year to see if it would cave in. The owners of the property were determined that it never would. As long as it remained standing, the money would keep coming in. They made sure it was properly maintained and repaired.
They didn’t, however, imagine that their cash cow would one day go up in flames. It turned out that the caretaker set the house on fire in an attempt to cover up the accidental death of his girlfriend. Following a heated argument in his office, he struck her in a fit of rage and she fell, hitting her head against the concrete wall.
Panicking, he grabbed a can of kerosene and doused the place, set the flammable liquid on fire and then fled. Riddled with guilt and remorse, he turned himself in a couple of days later. He is serving time in jail for assault, involuntary manslaughter, destroying and concealing evidence and arson.
Tourists still flock to see the burnt remains of the house. Donations are flooding in for its rebuilding. The owners are raking in more money now than before. They are hoping to have the new structure finished by the year 2021.
This was written for the #writephoto Prompt – Monochrome at Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo.