January 2005 Winner: Bill Berg, Closure
in a Morning Fog
Honorable Mention: Victory Crayne, Who's Next?
Honorable Mention: Mike Dunn, Lost
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January Story of the Month
Closure in a Morning Fog
by Bill Berg
Two men walked along a tree-lined lane
just outside Bayline, Maine—a
young man on his regular morning walk and an older stranger who seemed to
appear from nowhere in the early morning fog. The younger man was not pleased
to share his walk with a stranger and said so.
The older man said, "took me a long
time to find you, Eddie. And I might not have if you hadn't sold your antique
car on e-bay. I had a friend buy it, and all the paperwork finally led me
to you. I'm glad you came to Maine."
"Who the hell are you?"
"Remember Amber, Eddie?"
"Yeah. So what?"
"She was my daughter, Eddie. And you killed
"That's not what the jury said."
"You know they were wrong, Eddie. And I know
"So? They can't change the verdict.
I know about double jeopardy."
"You're right, Eddie. But Justice does not always turn on a legal technicality.
You and I know you killed my daughter. A good lawyer and a bad jury can't change
"You can't change the verdict either, old
"Right again, Eddie. But I'm prepared to
stay right here in Maine."
"So you can give me a hard time? Won't work.
I'm leaving Maine."
"Yes, in a sense you are. But I'll stay Eddie,
because there's no death penalty here."
The older man fired a single shot, dropped
the gun, and walked away in the fog—alone.