Archive for July 12th, 2011

12th July
written by amber

The Murderer

I went to Calgary to kill a man.

The man who killed my brother.

The police had him but I paid their only witness not to testify.

I didn’t want it to go to court because the maximum sentence for the man who tortured and killed my brother would have been too few years.

I wanted to torture and kill him exactly as he did my brother.

But I decided to show mercy and give him a swift death.

After a little bit of torture.

My brother was a street pastor to the homeless.

But recently he had started using drugs.

He was taking oxycontin for pain from being mugged six months ago.

At first he had his meds on prescription but his friends told me he’d begun to buy them on the street, and to steal money to finance his addiction.

He called me last week to ask me to help him go to a rehab clinic.

I was so busy last week, I told him it had to wait until this week.

I was helping a friend with terminal cancer move from her apartment to a hospice, but that’s no excuse for turning your back on your brother.

The truth is, I never liked my brother and I probably would have found an excuse not to help him this week either.

When you find this note, you’ll know I’ve put everything right.

The Story 365 project is a year-long marathon of short story writing, with a new story posted every day on this website from May 1, 2011 – April 30, 2012. Stories must be a minimum of 200 words. Please help me by adding first line suggestions in the Comment section.

I wanted to create a story in a sort of ‘good cop, bad cop’ format, with one sentence giving you a negative view of the protagonist and the next sentence changing your mind.