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A Conspiratorial Whisper


Dino “Space-Knot” Sanchez was convicted of manslaughter, then granted a retrial on appeal, then acquitted. He was a product of Bridgeport's West-Side Ghetto with twenty-five years of living on the street with no permanent address to call home. He was an enigma to his family and friends and usually enjoyed being alone when he was not stealing, selling drugs or putting holes in human flesh.

If the police could stabilize him for just a few moments, they would find thousands, even hundreds of thousands of dollars in his mattress. Sadly, he had no stable home, and no mattress to rip apart. What he did have, was the means to pay off the bad apples on the police force. He had the means to hire the best lawyers Fairfield County could offer. He was clearly, the “Shit.”

Outside a small cape over on Clinton Avenue near the North Avenue side, a group of police, for an hour or so were the picture of confidence. They were hiding behind their unmarked squad cars whispering jokes and funny stories until they got the green light to storm into that cape. They got a tip that Space-Knot was cutting up a paid snitch in small pieces so that he could send them to all who hired him out.

The police were optimistic and they would try to make it a clean arrest so that he wouldn't walk free again. The lead detective on the case would move slowly toward his men and dropped his voice to a conspiratorial whisper.

“That piece of shit will wish he'd been found guilty.”

The officers under his command smiled, but knew that the wait to move in would become agonizing. Sometimes it took longer so that they could get it right. They knew that and understood it, but hated it.

“I made his life a freaking hell,” the lead detective continued. “Now we finish it up.”

“But you know sir,” started a uniform. “He is a wild animal.”

“Then we must tame that son of a bitch and then cage him.”

“If I could suggest, we just do our job.”

“No, he's not going to beat this wrap,” the lead detective smiled. “I got something for his ass.”

“Planting something?”

“Yep, something that's going to stick.”

The uniform grimaced, but understood the need to keep Space Knot off the streets.

The call to go came in and the lead detective swallowed hard and then gave the order. Raw doubt stuck in the uniform's throat as they swarmed into the house kicking in the front and back doors.

The lead detective's wife and three children were tied to wooden chairs gagged and shot in the back of the head execution style. Two girls, eleven and nine, and the boy was seven.

That caught the lead detective by surprise as he paced momentarily back and forth in a smoldering rage. He released a piercing scream and shot out the front door not knowing where he was going, but in his heart he knew he wanted to die before he got there.


© 2018 Frank Atanacio


Frank Atanacio (author) from Shelton on May 02, 2018:

Peggy Woods thank you for always returning views.. bless you..:)

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 01, 2018:

Wow! This truly showcases the ugliest of mankind and what can happen. Innocent people are sadly caught up in this and can become victims. That poor lead detective will never forget this horrific day your portrayed in this tale.

Frank Atanacio (author) from Shelton on April 30, 2018:

Thank you MsDora for checking out the whisper.. did you think it was what happened? LOL Bless you

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on April 30, 2018:

Frank, I tried to guess how this story would end. Your conclusions are way out of my league.You won again!

Frank Atanacio (author) from Shelton on April 30, 2018:

thanks for stopping by Sean, will stop over to return the favor

Ioannis Arvanitis from Greece, Almyros on April 29, 2018:

This story was so "bad" and "cruel" that ended an extreme "good" flash story!

I love short and flash stories, and I admire your talent dear Frank "Strike" Atanacio!

Great fan! Respect!


Frank Atanacio (author) from Shelton on April 29, 2018:

Flourish thank you for reading my whisper..bless you

FlourishAnyway from USA on April 28, 2018:

What an ending! Makes me wonder who the bad apple on the force was and if they understood what kind of deal they were making at the time.

Frank Atanacio (author) from Shelton on April 28, 2018:

I knew you could do it...:) proud of you girl..:)

Li-Jen Hew on April 28, 2018:

Hahaah....everything's fine..Oh I did cry on the first day lol but at home like I told you. ;) thanks for asking! :)

Frank Atanacio (author) from Shelton on April 28, 2018:

Li-Jen I hope everything went well your first week in.. and you didn't cry... right?

Li-Jen Hew on April 28, 2018:

Hey Frank..."Shit"....I'm as surprised as the lead detective at the end! Enjoyed the story. Thanks for sharing! :)

Frank Atanacio (author) from Shelton on April 28, 2018:

Missy, and Ann thank you both for reading my flash fiction and commenting I really appreciate it bless you both..:) Frank

Ann Carr from SW England on April 28, 2018:

You write this genre so well, Frank. We know the horror is coming but it's always surprising and never the expected. You are the king of horror and suspense!

What is it about horror that makes us keep reading? Strange how the human mind works, isn't it?


Missy Smith from Florida on April 28, 2018:

So sad, and the thing is this is realistic fiction. It does happen in this world. You almost see why cops may plant things on people so they can put them away. But all suspected criminals are not guilty. Obviously, the ones who are slip away into the night, and you never get the chance to reign misery on them. Gosh, it's just a difficult thing. We want our law enforcement officers to be by the book types, so no innocents will get hurt. We see that too often today. However, what about the thugs that are truly vindictive and heartless to other human beings? Your flash fiction stories always make me think and contemplate a what if, Frank.

Frank Atanacio (author) from Shelton on April 28, 2018:

Eric and Genna thank you guys so much for supporting my flash... bless you guys..:)

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on April 28, 2018:

The dark-of-the-streets talk, thinking, brutality, and sense of justice depending on which side of the darkness you live, are unequivocal...and you nailed it all, Frank, perfectly, with a horrific twist. Excellent writing.

Eric Boyd on April 27, 2018:

Wow, I never expected the ending, I would want to die too. Man Frank this was the shortest movie I would have enjoyed. Imagine just thinking you pinned down Space Not and then it turned out that he had you pinned all along. I love the drama, really. Eric

Frank Atanacio (author) from Shelton on April 27, 2018:

Jack, thanks so much for ur constant support..:)

jgshorebird on April 27, 2018:

Always a twisty treat and great economical use of description, without boredom.

Frank Atanacio (author) from Shelton on April 27, 2018:

thank you Pir for stopping by

Pir Mudasir on April 27, 2018:

Tragic ending

Very good no words to praise

Frank Atanacio (author) from Shelton on April 27, 2018:

thanks for visiting my whisper manatita44...:)

Frank Atanacio (author) from Shelton on April 27, 2018:

Hari, thank you for stopping by.. :)

Frank Atanacio (author) from Shelton on April 27, 2018:

Carrie Lee thank you so much

manatita44 from london on April 27, 2018:

You're the master, Frank.

Cool build up! Absolutely no clues to this unexpected surprise. That's how it's done. A totally awesome masterpiece!.

Hari Prasad S from Bangalore on April 26, 2018:

Tit for Tat at its best. Very stark and shocking stuff Frank. Kudos.

- Hari

Carrie Lee Night on April 26, 2018:

Very good flash fiction. Great details . shocking ending. Thanks for sharing

Frank Atanacio (author) from Shelton on April 26, 2018:

LOL @ Eric, sure take my dreams lol

Frank Atanacio (author) from Shelton on April 26, 2018:

your just crazy Clive LOL

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on April 26, 2018:

I also figure that a bad attitude comes back at you before you know it. You proved that true here. Yes I do think your stories are historical facts :-)

I loved this but decided I would not like to have your dreams.

Clive Williams from Jamaica on April 26, 2018:

yep...hurt for hurt

Frank Atanacio (author) from Shelton on April 26, 2018:

LOL damn Im never gonna get on your bad side Clive..:)

Clive Williams from Jamaica on April 26, 2018:

This is sick frank. Sick and sweet. I would have left captured his ass secretly and have the animal tied up in a basement filled with shit and rotting flesh and cut pieces of his evil flesh slowly with a very dull knife and feed it to the rats. Then dip his finger tips in acid and quell his pain with vinegar.

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