Wednesday, April 28, 2010
X-ing Off Names
The following is a work of fiction.
X-ing Off Names
I hid in the parking garage behind a car. Waiting. I had to make sure the job was done before I moved on to the next.
A guy's gotta eat... and have a nice car... and a nice house filled with nice things. Let's not forget the hot girlfriends. Can't ask for much more in life. Except that I get the job done. I always get the job done.
I heard footsteps echoing through the garage, keys jingling. A tall curvaceous woman with a tight suit unlocked her car. False alarm. I was disappointed. I was ready to be done with this. I watched the woman pull her car out of the garage.
Not a second too soon I saw my mark. She was certainly a knock out. I'd seen her before, but I rarely looked closely at any hit. She was the kind of woman that I liked to keep at my house. Too bad. I smiled to myself.
I made my way into the open. I approached her. She looked curious and even a little scared. I liked it when they looked scared. "Mrs. Murphy?"
"For the moment. Who are you?"
"Let me show you." I smiled wide knowing the fear that was about to overtake her. I pulled out my gun, and pointed it at her face. She sneered at me. Wait, What?
"Go ahead then." She smiled at me, and I wondered where the flicker of fear had gone when I first approached her. I had to ask.
"Why aren't you afraid?"
"Being afraid makes no difference. Besides it's you who should fear me."
I grinned wide, showing my teeth.
"Tell you what," she continued. "Let me go and this won't be your last hit. Kill me and lose everything. I know who you are. I know who you work for, and I have provisions in place that will ensure that if I don't show up for my appointments tomorrow you will be turned in to the police."
I had had enough. This game was boring me , and I didn't appreciate being threatened. I pulled the trigger and shot her in the head. She crumpled on the ground. I gave her a kick before I slipped quickly and quietly out of the garage.
She'd known what she was doing. She planted a seed of fear into me. She deprived me of the pleasure of X-ing off names. For next few weeks at least.