A Four part collaboration by Pierre C Arseneault, Sarah Butland and Angella Jacob.
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The Blonde and The Catcher in the Rye
By Sarah Butland
A man followed close behind, appearing to be focused only on the blonde in front of him. He was mumbling to himself, something about blame and justice.
He knew she was scared and aware. “She is the one,” he thought. His prize for a game no one understood and he would always win. The rules changing with his mood and ending only when necessary.
The women always figured him out but always too late. His dapper appearance got him far in life and he’d never admit he couldn’t read a word. The Catcher in the Rye was his mothers favourite; he would play homage to her with it. Always turned to the same page, telling by the splash of blood on the bottom half of one side.
The blonde would be his fourth victim with many more planned. He had no idea she wouldn’t actually be his prize and his third was to be his last.
He stopped, seeing her out of the corner of his eye looking in a store window. Her silk scarf a beautiful auburn against her blonde hair and ideal for hiding the most blood. He wondered why she didn’t have a cell phone. Most of them did and before they could dial the first One, he’d have it knocked out of their hands.
They were coming close to Word-Nerds so he quickened his pace. It wouldn’t do to be seen by employees or patrons as he knew both well.
He stopped and picked up her dropped shoe and once again focused on her as he blindly walked into traffic. Not much traffic, just one blue car rushing right toward him. He tried to get out of the way but it was too late.
He felt his knees push out of joint, his feet leave the road and the force with gravity direct him to the ground.
Everything went black and he knew his game was over and he lost.
Be sure to come back next week for Part 3 by the other half of Mysterious Ink – Angella Jacob! 🙂
Thanks for reading,
author of Sending You Sammy, Brain Tales – Volume One and Arm Farm