January 2005 Winner: Bill Berg, Closure in a Morning
Honorable Mention: Victory Crayne, Who's
Honorable Mention: Mike Dunn, Lost
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January 2005 Honorable Mention
by Victory Crayne
When I was young, my dad was my idol.
Anything he did, I wanted to learn. When he told me what he does, with the
innocence of a child I asked why.
He shrugged. "Some
folks deserve to die. Why not get paid for it?"
taught me how to shoot. When the stray dog came in my sights, I squeezed the
trigger slowly. The mutt just plopped and lay still. I grinned up to him. "That
He had cautioned me, "Always
give a fake name to a client. A man's gotta have some privacy."
got hooked on the money, but never liked the work. Dangerous too.
got separated a couple months ago and I lost him. Maybe he went undercover
My new client stepped out
from the fog. "John Carlos?"
looked around nervously. Don't know why he worried. The mist was so thick you
couldn't see more than a dozen feet.
said, "I found his real name and where he lives. George Henderson,
in LA. Here’s the money."
almost dropped it.
shook my head and took a deep breath. "Not now." I pulled
the .38 out of my jacket and squinted my eyes like I always do.
backed away, his eyes open wide. "What the hell?"
shot is all I ever use. I glared down at him.
my dad, you son of a bitch!