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Posted on February 13, 2012 at 5:35 AM

 

Heart Shot

 

 

by E. A. Irwin

 

 

Bad news never got better. Horrific news ate your core. Walking through my house became surreal—a plod through wet cement while my shoulder bag beat against my side like a metronome measuring each pace.

 

 

Sounds registered despite my brain splintering. Keys clattered when tossed in the copper bowl by the front door, the odd plop of a leather jacket on a chair in the living room, ice clinking in a glass that would soon hold scotch. Sounds of normalcy from my fiancé.

 

 

His voice sliced off the veneer of my thoughts. “Want a drink, Elizabeth?”

 

 

I continued walking through the room. “No thanks. I had a few on the plane.” I would have drunk more but even mainlining alcohol straight into my veins couldn’t deaden the pain.

 

 

The sound of liquid sloshed over ice. “Do you want to go out tonight? You know, you could use cheering. You’ve been in a funk for months.”

 

 

Perhaps the screaming in my head would make me deaf. “Maybe.” I made it inside the bathroom and flipped on the light as I hurriedly locked the door. A stranger stared from the mirror. Hollow-eyed and wasted. Grief etched itself across grayed skin as if it had been sandblasted with concrete.

 

 

I sank to the floor. The tiles were cold but not as chilling as the horror written in letter form lying in my purse. Jerking open the cabinet below the sink, I withdrew my favorite things—a bottle of Royal Crown Black and my Para-Ordinance Warthog Pistol. I removed the ammo clip and settled against the door to reread the unsettling missive and decide what to do. Clicking the trigger, I swilled whiskey and read each word of doom now with complete understanding.

 

 

 

Gerald’s voice startled me as it reached through the wood and registered in my brain. “Elizabeth, are you okay? You’ve been in there forever.”

 

 

“Yeah, I’m going to take a bath and try to relax. I’m really wound up from the flight.” I got up and started the water flowing, and then resumed my previous activities. Despondency flooded my soul as I clicked the trigger faster. How could I continue when I finally knew the truth? I reread the letter once more, honing in on the last paragraph.

 

 

“Gerald Morris is a professional hit man. He was hired to kill your parents, thereby securing the corporate takeover. Enclosed is his photograph. Consider him extremely dangerous.”

 

 

I shoved the clip in my gun with a trembling hand and glimpsed one last time in the mirror for courage. Pounding on the door shoved my brain into hyper-drive as I quickly raised the pistol.

 

 

Gerald’s voice sounded menacing as it hissed against the door. “I’m giving you ten seconds to come out, Elizabeth, or I swear I’ll kick the door in!”

 

 

My screams ricocheted off the tile, reverberating insanity through the small room. “Do it!”

 

 

As the door splintered, I took aim. Pumping the trigger as fast as possible, I emptied the clip of its 12 rounds, dropping Gerald with a heart full of lead that matched my own.

 

 

 

©E. A. Irwin

 

 

 

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16 Comments

Reply E. A. Irwin/Patricia
4:55 PM on February 29, 2012 
Stefan;

Hope the intensity wasn't too much. ;) lol Thanks for stopping by and reading.

Patricia
Reply Stefan
12:09 AM on February 20, 2012 
Wow that was intense.
Reply E. A. Irwin/Patricia
4:42 PM on February 16, 2012 
Blaze, ne friend!

Ah misdirection, misdirection! It's good to know everyone thought that as well, so I was on the right track. Thank you for liking my story. I really appreciate you always taking time to read my little ditties.

Patricia/E. A. Irwin


Blaze McRob says...
Lovely story, my friend! At first, I thought she was going to blow her own brains out. Nice ending!

Blaze
Reply E. A. Irwin/Patricia
4:39 PM on February 16, 2012 
Thank you, Cathy;

Riveting is good! Happy I could paint a worthwhile picture with words so everyone could 'see' the action. Thanks for stopping by.

Patricia/E. A. Irwin
Reply E. A. Irwin/Patricia
4:37 PM on February 16, 2012 
Christina;

Thank you for taking time to visit and read! Love the word 'chilling.' I'm happy you liked the story and thought it suspensful. I keep trying. :)

Patricia/E. A. Irwin

Christina Cole says...
In a word: chilling. I like the way you drew out the suspense.
Reply Blaze McRob
7:27 PM on February 15, 2012 
Lovely story, my friend! At first, I thought she was going to blow her own brains out. Nice ending!

Blaze
Reply Catherine Greenfeder
5:55 PM on February 15, 2012 
Riveting and powerful! Wow! I could picture every detail and felt for the heroine.
Cathy
Reply Christina Cole
10:57 AM on February 15, 2012 
In a word: chilling. I like the way you drew out the suspense.
Reply E. A. Irwin/Patricia
3:33 AM on February 15, 2012 
Welcome to my blog, Selah;

Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. I'm happy you liked the story and felt it had good suspense and imagery. That's a nice compliment.

Patricia/E. A. Irwin
Reply E. A. Irwin/Patricia
3:31 AM on February 15, 2012 
Thank you, Lindsay. It's nice to know I can still write surprise endings. lol

Patricia/E. A. Irwin
Reply Lindsay
11:06 PM on February 14, 2012 
I didn't see that ending coming. Kudos
Reply selah janel
10:04 PM on February 14, 2012 
Great imagery, great suspense, great way to leave it off. Love this!
Reply E. A. Irwin/Patricia
4:40 PM on February 14, 2012 
Kharisma;

Thank you so much for stopping by, reading and leaving a comment. I'm pleased you like the story! :) Drooling for the professional hitman? *shaking head* Okay, I'll leave you to your fantasy. lol

Patricia/E. A. Irwin
Reply E. A. Irwin/Patricia
4:24 PM on February 14, 2012 
Tai;

Well I'm happy you enjoyed the read and found it amazing! Very nice compliment. Yeah, occasionally my characters get to mete out justice where it's deserved. Heaven knows I've let so many of them get away with murder gone unavenged. lol

Patricia/E. A. Irwin


Tai says...
AMAZING, best I've read so far. I was like is she going to kill herself....then I was so happy that she was able to dish out some justice. Thank you for a spectacular read.
Reply Tai
12:20 PM on February 14, 2012 
AMAZING, best I've read so far. I was like is she going to kill herself....then I was so happy that she was able to dish out some justice. Thank you for a spectacular read.
Reply Kharisma Rhayne
11:52 AM on February 14, 2012 
oooh professional hitman *drools*
love this :D

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