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There are only 3 questions on everyone’s lips
They speak them in slurs, as though saying them confirms them, makes them more real. Simple words horrify them, disgusts them. Three perfectly innocent
questions. Who's next? Where? Why?
But they are devoid of innocence much like their subject is devoid of innocence himself, cruel, and malicious, his heart torn, bleeding black tar in viscous
droplets, breaking as they hit his empty hearts’ wall.
They say his iris' are as black as his pupils, so shiny his victims see their disfigured faces in them as he tortures them, gleaning every ounce of love from
their eyes. Coffee. Brilliant. The buzzing background had reduced to a hum. The talk of another victim spread like a virus, spreading fear like death,
vocalising in every coffee shop,
bar, or any room capable of holding 3 people. That was unfortunate. He happened to like coffee. But not the noise. It irritated him as much as it enthused
them. Simple. But at least he had the coffee. It was good, as always. It didn’t change, like the people around him. Constant. reliable.
The scent of roasted beans enthralled him, digging at his nostrils, as he sipped the warm liquid, droplets forming on his lower lip. Paper cups. Just as equally
unchanging. And as horrible as the talking.
The dim hum of noise had once more heightened. News. Again. How many times will they show that grotesque face, staring down, waiting it be identified. Not like
much of it was left to identify. He did a good job, ensuring that.
They say he takes his time, but not so long as to let his victims die. Melts their faces at the last moment. Hot oil, injected into their skin, veins, and
tongue. Gruesome. Not anywhere near as gruesome as the things the melted flesh hides from eager eyes.
And again, those three questions sang down, pushing the coffee shop into waves of conversation. Who. Where. Why?
But that was easy to answer. All you had to do was follow the pattern. It never changed. This killer had a motive, or a pattern. Always religious, always at
night, always a woman. Sickening.
“Bloody bastards’ not stopping. Another sir?”
He turned to look at the location of the voice with the thick English accent. Bartended. Coffee. Of course. His cup, empty, the crema already hardening onto
the sides of the paper.
“No, thanks. It’s about time I get out of here”
Same answer. Every day. Why do they bother to ask? The screeching of the chair as he moved back broke the noise of the room, and he was gone. The cars handle
was hot, the shiny silver exposed to the hot morning sun. That means the car was hot too. Fortunate that work wasn’t far away.
Who. Where. Why?
Who was easy. Her, sitting on the other side of the coffee shop. Just as she had, every Sunday after church.
Where was just as easy, the church, like every had storage rooms.
And why, another easy one. Why was just because he.. I… Feel like it
Following her would be easy. That’s why I’ve been doing just that. She leaves 8:30, every day, going to an everyday life. Everyday work. Then home by
5:15, in bed at 8:30. Schedules. That’s when I’ll strike. And then, to the silence I’ll take her. The where. Always a brilliant question, people always
suspect the priests. This time, St. Marys, barely 5 minutes by foot from her residence. Soon to be an empty residence. Just like she will be. Empty. Drained of
life, of love, of religion.
And now, I wait. Working. The soft clinking of cutlery, sharp knifes surrounding me, Teflon pans with hexagonal patterns lacing their bases, pots, bowls.
Kitchenware. The discount was the real bonus of this work. 50% off knifes. Who wouldn’t take an opportunity that laid itself before them.
7:50. Time to close shop. And close her. Car door handles are cold now; moist droplets cling to them, wetting my hand as I open it, muffling the feel of the
metal. The door closes softly, the car still feels like new. I don’t use her often. Only when hunting.
The grass is soft, but not quite as soft as the downhill roll in neutral I used as to not be heard, nor as soft as my closing of the door. Gloves are already
on, the traffic lights helped me there. The soft grass is laden with dew, drooping under its weight. There droplets cling to me too, leaving an impression on my
pants. I pass her car, rusted, and old. I suppose if I were close enough to it, the rust would cling to me as well. Clinging was always a problem. Nothing ever
lets go.
I carry myself to her door with soft footfalls. Not being detected is of utmost importance, and the cover of night, its gloomy shadows are my friends, the moon
casting only the faintest light. Her door is unlocked. Not that she’d know, I didn’t tell her I drilled through its locking pins, and oiled its hinges.
Silence as it swings ajar, just enough to give way to my figure, a shadowy shape blending with the walls and cabinets. Her house is so familiar, just like every
other victims. Had to make sure of that. Her schedule made it easy, I always knew when to look around, when to disappear. Much like she will.
The old paint on the furniture and walls is only just beginning to peel, condensation finally weakening it to the point of failure, cracks spread from its
corners, crevices. The floors polish is worn, scuffed and scratched. But the dog responsible for it went missing about a week ago. The same day I went to
Her breathing is audible even from here, faint, soft, warm. And amazingly irritating, it breaks my silence. Her door isn’t a problem, arched bedrooms are such
a beauty. The beads hanging from them are not. But the bathroom has a door, and as an en suite, it has her in it too. Again the oiled hinges serve me well, my
shadow hardly visible with the lack of windows in the room. The tiles are cold, I can feel it through my shoes, and socks. The bathroom feels cold, blue and
white tiles tend to do that.
The final door. I hadn’t oiled this one. She won’t have time to escape even if she does hear me, but regardless, I open it slowly, savouring the feeling a
hunter gets when he sees his prey. The rope from my left pant pocket wraps around my hands easily, a practised motion. Its fibres sift through my fingers as I
weave it through them, an inadequate rope, but traditions must be upheld, not corrupted. After all, that’s why I am here. Corruption seeped into her
traditions. Thou shalt not kill. Looks like both of us have disobeyed that. The floor lets out soft moans as I close in on her, amplified by my anticipation.
She sleeps with her head on the wrong side of the bed, away from the headrest, her gold hair falling over the rail. A odd habit, but helpful. The rope glides
easily over her head, onto her neck,, the dark strings contrasting against alabaster skin. But only in colour.
Her bones would shatter easily under the rope, no time to struggle, her trachea and vertebral column would break as one under my weight. But where’s the fun
in that. I loop my hands behind her neck, slowly tightening the coil, asphyxiating her as she sleeps. Ten. Nine. Eight. Or so she would count where she being
sedated by gas. Now, she’s being sedated by lack of it.
As she approaches unconsciousness, he body spasms, saliva grouping on her lips much like my coffee, moistening them so the glisten under the silver moonlight.
Oddly romantic, for the scene of a crime.
But this will take longer than ten seconds. She is only approaching the state in which I can carry her out of here. For the last time. Death is such a tranquil
thing. Closure. No more sins. No more memories.
At last, the continuous pressure of the rope drew her into a state where no screams would be released. Yet still, that breathing wears on my mind, sending me
insane. I will need to be quick. No time for silence when there are none to hear it. The beaded arch, the wooden floor of the hallway, the door left ajar for a
quick escape, and into my car, waiting as I left her.
And still the breathing continues as she sleeps by my side.
“Shall we take a drive?”
My voice sounds foreign, wrong, in the silence, the peace. And then the low rumble of the hybrid engine, and smooth acceleration that follows. Only 4 turns till
the church. Perhaps her god will forgive her. There are none to forgive me.
Again into neutral as I make the run, engine off, brake slowly being engaged. And stop, inertia slightly moving her breathing body. The soft click of my
seatbelt. Safety first. The not-so-soft click of the door, as I pull the handle, and the softest of all, my footsteps on the gravel as I round the front of the
car, heat radiates from its metal exterior. Her handle is used even less than mine. Its louder, less worn. Her weight is clumsy, difficult to hold as I sink
into deep gravelly paths. Why do churches insist on loudness. But now, the church is silent. Dark. A place at rest, for a woman laid to final resting.
The back door is always open, leading to the store room. But there is one last thing to get. As I lay her down on the table, dust plumes spread from her body. I
leave the room, heading back to the car, pace elevated. Tools. Supplies. Bag. All there, now all with me. She didn’t even know she had her feet on them.
Slowly now, I walk back to her. Truly silent, no trees for night birds to perch on and chirp, no people to disturb me, and my passenger. The door to her resting
place is old, but unworn, hardly used. Only the weathering damages its iron handles, corroding them. The storeroom was a thing of beauty. “holy oil” on one
wall, my supplies on a footstool, and her golden hair spread upon the top of a table. Perfect. Now, to use those supplies I so carefully prepared.
The gas burner would be used first, to heat the oil, that means I need the kettle too. They can go on the table with her, so I can see the rest of my work
better. Turning on the lights would cause suspicion, with the whole world aware of my pattern.
The knifes and blades, serrated and smooth reflect the blue flames of the burner, casting blue lines over the ceiling. I check my gloves. Still intact. Time to
Sterile syringes, still in packages, and catheters likewise, must be removes. A plastic petri dish to fill with acid. Fishhooks welded to metal bars, my
favourite devices, must be removed from the folds of the bag, placed on the table, coating their undersides with dust. Such a shame, they glisten so nicely.
And the skinning knife, last from the bag, first to her flesh. I start at her sternum, working up to her neckline, a light angle on the blade. I can feel the
soft resistance of elastic skin, as the blood flows from the incisions, still warm, uncoagulated. As the blade begins, she wakes. But I prepared for that, too.
The dusty table has had newly fitted restraints, leather bands holding her down. I am free to do my work.
Her mouth is gaged; the gauze collecting condensation as he panicked breath slows. She knew I was coming. She just didn’t know who I was. And that’s how I
like it.
I lower the angle even more, moving more shallowly under her skin, fresh blood follows the silvery blade as it carves the alabaster skin. I don’t want to
pierce her lungs. That would end my fun. Her skin ripples under the blade, and her body writhes at my touch. I push the blade deeper, carving through more
flesh, still moving up. As I reach the top, blade now entirely red, the droplets beading on the metal, as I change direction. I retrace the cut on the other
side, shifting my body over hers, and cut with surgical precision. After all, med school had to show for something.
The skin lifts off easily, her eyes race too it as I place it into a transparent plastic bad, sealing it at the top. Zip locks. How convenient. It drips blood
into the bag, leaving the normally blue bag to appear purple.
“Its only just beginning”
My voice still sounds alien, but I keep my resolve. I mustn’t let my humanity interfere. I re-join the blade to her rippling skin, now flowing freely, the
dust floating to the top of the pool of blood beneath us, dark red, beautiful and warm.
I pull the blade up her neck, very lightly, only just cutting her skin. I avoid her arteries and veins, focusing on the vertebrae below. The blood beads as it
leaves her, thin trails follow its path, like raindrops on a window. Red rain.
And at least the skinning knife is no longer of use, I have left my mark, a line from her sternums end to the beginning of her lip. Now it was time for my
friends, the fishhooks. I start with a small one, modified by me, its edge sharpened, I hook it into the end of the knife mark, and pull up, avoiding the gauze
in her mouth.
It slices cleanly through her mouth, beginning her gross disfigurement. Her lip parts as I pull the hook from it, reaching for a larger size. This one would go
through both lips. I push her chin up with the back of my hand, closing it, and dextrously loop the next hook through both lips, and remove my hand. Her jaw
does the rest. Blood stains the gauze, and she retches below as it drips into her lips.
Again and again, her lips are parted, disfigured, til at last, the knives are being called. I remove the crest of her lips, leaving the majority and a bloody
mess as well. I run the blade over her, drawing crosses with it. It is the house of her lord, after all. I angle my hand, pressing the knife into her flesh,
through her cheek. I can feel the teeth underneath, smooth, glossy.
I push the blade all the way through, feeling it cut into her tongue, skewering it, and out the other cheek, avoiding her teeth.
I turn it, and the welcome sign of blood escapes her white skin. I pull it out, and unstrap her head, turning it on its side, letting the blood ooze out. I
cannot let her drown. I begin to slice her ears, along the ridges. Blood travels more slowly to them, only just showing as I cut. But the pain is obvious. She
wriggles, and yells suppressed screams.
The oil is hot enough. The ladle is ready. But first, the acid. I unwrap a syringe, and a catheter, screwing one to the other, and draw from the petri dish, the
yellow liquid filling the plastic cylinder. Deftly, I stop, and raise the tip, wasting none of the precious liquid, and turn to face the creature below me. I
start with her eyelids, and work along her nose, piercing lightly, depositing a tiny amount. Like a tattoo, but more painful. Much more.
Her skin curls at the injection sites, eaten by the acid. Tears roll from her eyes, unstopped and unhindered, as the eyes themselves begin to melt. I inject her
lips, and her chin, then the rest of the unused acid meets her sternum, turning the flesh brown on impact.
Her body is shaking, shuddering as she spasms. But no one can hear it. No one will. I turn on my heels, disturbing the dust that allows me to do so. The ladle
is ready, and I fill it with oil. And now, for Silence.
Once more I turn, more carefully now, and pour it unto her face, sealing the wounds, and melting her skin, it falls away in clumps, slowly detaching from her
bone and muscle. Another ladle and I repeat, her skin blistering when it remains. And now her life is slipping. Not much time left. I unbuckle her torso and
head, and immerse it in the hot oil, quickly, just enough to coat her face, while I hold her golden hair, at the nape of her neck. And silence. Blessed silence
envelopes me, ensorcelling me in is glory. Her skin is now gold like her hair, blistered and rough like her heart, and I am gone like a shadow, the lights now
turned on in the whole church, previously prepared spotlights pointed at led lights on the façade, facing the street, light spilling beautiful colours.
The door to the storeroom is open, and music is left playing from it. Chopin. I race to the car, and away I go, using uncharted routes to abandon the car once
more in its safe-place. I remove the battery once the engine permits me, once it cools enough. Discharge over time is the last thing I need.
I run to my house, less than a kilometre away, and am back in my bed, my wife, still asleep. The perfect alibi.