Another short story based on the image shown
from a prompt from Writers Unite! – February 2019
Memories of Murder
A Short Story by Lynn Miclea
Keegan stood there, staring at the chair. He had loved using that chair and he cherished what it represented. The memories flooded back. He remembered tying his victims to that chair. The red-brown bloodstains on the floorboards were still visible.
The memories made him smile. He could see the terror in the eyes of his victims when he brought out the knife. He could still hear the screams. He hadn’t killed again in all these years since then. But that chair brought back the cherished memories, and he chuckled.
Keegan remembered how the police were closing in on him and how he quickly left. He had been careless, and they had gotten too close — they had almost caught him. He had barely managed to stay one step ahead of the cops, but it was not easy. They were good.
He fondly ran his hand along the back of the chair as warmth filled him. He was too old now to kill again — he was no longer interested in that. But the memories were wonderful.
They did not bring back the family members he had lost, but they had brought him some relief, even if it was only temporary.
He silently said goodbye to the chair and the memories. It was dangerous to even be here.
Tomorrow he would retire from the police force. This case would remain unsolved, and his record would be spotless. He thought about retiring on Maui, with endless sun and sand — a fitting end to a brilliant career.
A broad smile erupted on his face. He had done it. He was free.
As he turned to leave, he heard tires screeching out in the street in front. A neighbor in a hurry? Then he heard more tires. What was going on?
A loud voice thundered through a bullhorn. “Police! You are surrounded. Come out with your hands up!”
Images of Maui beaches dissolved into images of a jail cell. Where did he mess up? What had he done wrong? How did they know?
He glanced out the front window. Four cop cars were out in front. His own squad — he knew them all. A huge sigh escaped him. He knew they were already at the back as well. All exits were covered.
He would not go to jail. There was only one way out now.
He opened the front door and saw the shocked looks on the faces of the officers who he had worked next to all these years.
He raised his handgun, aimed it at the cop who he knew was the best sharpshooter … and felt his body jerk backward as rounds of ammunition hit him.
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