Death came Early

Photo copyright:Wildverbs

Photo copyright:Wildverbs

Report by Officer John Redwood.

Captain Westfield, usually left home at 7am prompt, but this morning a branch fell across his drive. By the time he had dragged it to one side and washed the resulting mess from his hands, he was ten minutes late setting off. That caused him to reach Route 66 seven minutes late. As he reached the outskirts of Chicago he was only two minutes behind his usual time. My partner Jeff Anderson followed in a unmarked car. As was normal I remained in close contact with them, riding a civilian registered Harley Davidson. By the time the captain reached Jefferson Ave he was on time for his meeting. As Jeff Anderson became aware of the rapid approach of a speeding Hummer, he pull out placing his vehicle to protect Captain Westfield. He died instantly. I shot and dispatched the Hummers driver through the vehicles windscreen, as driver of the Hummer was about to use a AKS 74 Kalashnikov. Officer Anderson acted in the best tradition of the CIA.

Michael Humphris.

This Post Has 13 Comments

  1. Iain Kelly

    Quite a sacrifice, I hope the Captain was worth it.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I hope so to. When I started writing this piece of flash, I was not expecting what I finished with.

  2. Priceless Joy

    Wow, great story, Mike! Very intense!

    1. Michael Humphris

      I am pleased that it felt rather intense. As I started on this flash story, my aim was for a feeling of sadness, but as often is the case the story developed along a different pathway to the one I had envisaged.

      1. Priceless Joy

        You did very well!

  3. James Pyles

    Back in the day, Route 66 stretched from Chicago to San Diego and was the setting for a popular American television show in the early 1960s. Now we all just drive the interstate.

    1. Michael Humphris

      In the 1970s I had hoped to ride the length of Route 66 on a motorcycle. From what I read these days, the Route has lost some of its magic. Whilst sadly I have lost a lot of my bike riding ability. So now I stick to four wheels and write instead.

  4. anuragbakhshi

    An intense thriller with non-stop action.

    1. Michael Humphris

      So pleased to read your comment thank you.

  5. Abhijit Ray

    So much happening in such a short time with so few words. Great!

    1. Michael Humphris

      I was pleased to hear how it came across, it really helps. thank you

  6. Keith's Ramblings

    Like a scene from an American crime series! Excellent.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Keith, I was surprised by the arrive of this story, as I set out to write something quite different.

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