|In the Light of a Shadow (standard:action, 3984 words)|
|Author: Smokey||Added: Jan 19 2001||Views/Reads: 2676/1461||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|A woman tries to escape her violent past...no one said it would be easy. If you like this Part email me. I will provide the actual ending.|
In the Light of a Shadow By Robert G. Hagans “I’m going away for awhile daddy.” Jessica said to the headstone of her beloved father. Her mournful eyes stared down at his final resting-place, hoping he could still talk to her, guide her. The tears started, so she reached into her inside jacket pocket, grabbing her sunglasses, one hand accidentally bumping one of the two Beretta 92C’s in her shoulder holster. Putting the glasses on helped, but Jessica didn’t know why. “No I don’t know when I’ll be back.” She laughed, rubbing the residue of fallen tears from her eyes. “It won’t be for a long while.” The wind blew, whipping her shoulder length brown hair around, which she gently tucked back behind her ears. It may have been her imagination, but as she sat there listening to the wind blow the leaves around the old empty cemetery, she could swear it carried the voice of her father. Why? He asked. Jessica was only too glad to answer and get it off her chest. “Gelati’s got a hit out on me and it’s too dangerous for me to stay in town, and he’s got too much muscle for me to try and take down by myself.” The tears threatened to come again. “I know you told me not to get involved Daddy, but it was the only thing I had left.” She could hear her father’s voice again. C’mon Jessy, you know that’s not true. She argued. “Yes it is Daddy! I wanted to follow in your footsteps...to have some part of you left for me.” But to be a killer Jessy? She laughed again. “It’s what we do best Daddy. You taught me everything I know.” The wind blew around with increased ferocity at that statement. I also taught you that killing was wrong Jessica. She bowed her head. “I know Daddy, I know. I just....you were right.” The wind decreased its chilling assault. “Fine time for me to realize that.” Jessica said, laughing again and bending down to brush the leaves away from her father’s headstone. She read the words engraved in stone for the millionth time: Here Lies Donald James Wentling, Loving Father and Beloved Friend. Her father’s voice carried in the wind again. What do you mean sweetheart? “Well I finally realized that killing people is wrong Daddy. Actually I’ve always known, but I never let it get to me. In our profession you can’t afford to.” The leaves began to swirl around her; Jessica tucked her hair behind her ears again as it fell into her eyes. “But that last job...It was horrible...I just couldn’t bring myself to do it anymore.” Jessica fought back a shiver, but from memory and not from the cold. What happened Jessy? Her father asked. “The job was to do some punk that Gelati found out was snitching to the cops about his organization. No big deal. Gelati sent me and Berlett to do the job, Monday night.” The wind picked up again as Jessica relayed her story to her dead father. Her face hardened, taking on that grim look that made her seem so intimidating. That look, one that her father often wore, combined with the dark sunglasses was enough to cause people to wet their pants when they saw her coming. Everyone knows that in spite of her size, Jessica Wentling was just as good a killer as her father. Despite her 5’0” height and small frame that was maybe 115 pounds, soaking wet. Still if you saw her coming, it was best to get out of her way. Her angelic face-hardened even more remembering the incident. “We went downtown to his apartment at about 10 o’clock that night. The streets were dark.” She shook off her guilt. “We busted in the door, startled the poor bastard and I shot him, point blank, in the head.” The wind blew harder. “We didn’t see the woman...till his blood was splattered Click here to read the rest of this story (345 more lines)
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