He Deserved It

Another day, another sensless murder.  Shit, when will this end? 

I joined homicide fourteen years ago.  I never imagined the amount of cases would increase so much yearly.  My cell phone rings at all hours of the day.  On a dinner date with my girlfriend.  On the shitter reading a Steven King novel.  At my son’s eleventh birthday celebration.  During triathlon training.  I suppose there is never a good time for a murder. 

Today a shooting interrupts my church service.  Nothing like my phone vibrating when in line for communion.  Is this a good time to say “Holy” crap”?  I slowly step out of line, do my best sign of the cross facing the altar then exit the church.  Out the door I go into a beautiful sunny day.  A day that others will enjoy.  A day I will see yet another dead body. Probably someone far too young to be laying face down on a sidewalk or in an abandoned home infested with needles.  I won’t see a beautiful day for a week or so when I able to purge yet another unsitely scene from my mind.  I hate my job!  I love my job.  It’s all I know how to do. 

I arrive at the scene and meet with the officer in charge.

“Detective Marshal, I am Officer Brently,” he says.

“Nice to meet you Brently, what do we have.”

“Fifteen year old shot his dad.  Mother was out drinking.  He’s an only child,” he explains matter of factly.

As always I am baffled by society .  Senseless.  It is all senseless.  It’s like the old west.  Everyone enforces their own law.  Why do I do this?  Fifteen years old.  I don’t know his story but I am sure it isn’t a pleasant one.

“Where is the suspect?”

“In my car.”

“Did he say anything that I should know about before I start my investigation?”

“All he said was he deserved it.  Aint it a bitch.”

In homicide it sure is.

This is fiction.  Written for Trifecta Writing Challenge Week Sixty-One

This week’s word is:
BITCH (noun)

1: the female of the dog or some other carnivorous mammals 2 a : a lewd or immoral woman    b : a malicious, spiteful, or overbearing woman —sometimes used as a generalized term of abuse 3: something that is extremely difficult, objectionable, or unpleasant
Please remember:
  • Your response must be between 33 and 333 words.
  • You must use the 3rd definition of the given word in your post.
  • The word itself needs to be included in your response.
  • You may not use a variation of the word; it needs to be exactly as stated above.
  • Only one entry per writer.
  • Trifecta is open to everyone.  Please join us.


36 thoughts on “He Deserved It

  1. Good writing, in the sense of how you were able to convey the toll the job takes on the Officer’s life as the murders pile up. I tip my hat sincerely and appreciatively to all men and women who dedicate their lives to going into situations that I seek to avoid. You did a great job this week! Thanks.

  2. Great piece, very intense! I like how you added the little bit of “it’s a bright and sunny day out… too bad I won’t get to enjoy it… again!” 🙂 It was a nice contrast to what was going on under the bright skies!

  3. Great story-wish there was more!

    It’s sad that this is so commonplace in real life–I just saw headlines about another kid-turned-killer that happened over the weekend…too depressing to even open & read the article 😦

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