The Devil’s in the Details

Image

“Sir, is that your wife? Is that your wife, sir? Mr. Venable?”

That’s me, Igor Venable. And the doll on the slab? That’s my wife, Chiki, or what’s left of her after the son-of-a-bitch harpooned her and dragged her dying body behind a motor boat, through the tall grass of the Everglades. You know, the kind of grass that slices human skin like a gazillion razors. Razor grass–I think that’s what they call it. Now I know why it’s called a “blade” of grass or a razor “blade”.

“Sir, do you need a few more minutes?”

“Yeah, sure. Give me a few. I want to be sure, you know.”

Now all I get is a few minutes with her. Chiki use to joke about how she’d die one day: death by flip flop, on the beach. She never did nothing to nobody that they didn’t deserve. She looked real good, too, but you can’t see that now. I married her right out of the Army. She was the meanest D.I. they ever seen at Ft. Benning. That really came in handy in my business–breaking heads and whatnot. Hell, she could knock out a man in a split second–then turn around and eat dinner and not miss a beat. That was my Chiki….

“Mr. Venable?”

“Nope. That’s not her.”

Too bad they found her body. Where’s the American Alligator when you need it? This is gonna bring the Sherlocks nosing around.

***
2000 miles away, in Guyana

***

“Remy Jefferson Danton, what are you doing? Doc Jhaveri told you to stay in bed for your own good. How you gonna get better?”

“Unfortunately, there’s no such thing as a broken heart transplant, Old Man. I am packing for a small sojourn to the land of thongs and birthplace of Sidney Poitier.”

“You’re going to Miami? Whatever for, Remy? That place just brings back old memories…sad memories of time wasted….”

“Old Man, time is not a commodity to be used or it will go to waste.”

“It does have an expiration date, Remy.”

“Any other day I would argue with you but not today, Old Man. Today I am in a hurry. There is a mystery for which I have been summoned to South Beach….”

“Is there a corpse, Remy?”

“There’s always a corpse, Old Man. Chiki Venable is missing.”

“You think she’s dead? In that case, you need me to go with you.”

“Not this time, Old Man.”

“Stop trying to defy the inevitable, Remy. You know you need me and you know why….”

***
South Beach

***

Igor Venable knew he could only delay the police for a short time before they figured out he was lying about Chiki. He was sitting on the lanai with a tall glass of Scotch and soda, when the answer to his troubles walked in and sat down across from him, with a bottle of “Stoli” and two shot glasses: Venable truth serum.

“What’s going on Uncle Igor? Where’s Aunt Chiki? I tried calling her all day and no answer. And, you don’t drink Scotch, Uncle. Something’s not right with the world, I just know it.”

Iris Betancourt was Igor’s niece by marriage. It was nearly unimaginable that such a sweet, delicate creature as Iris could be related to Chiki or, for that matter, that Chiki’s brother could have fathered Iris. Then again, things are not always what they seem.

Having left Igor in a drunken stupor, Iris stood over the remains of her Aunt. What she saw horrified her. The Detective caught Iris as her knees started to buckle. How could that be Aunt Chiki? The mass of flesh, blood, and bone was barely recognizable as human. Iris could understand why Uncle igor was unable to identify her. It was hard for Iris to accept that the remains were Chiki and she could understand that it was much harder for Igor to accept. Based on his behavior at the morgue, the Police considered Igor Venable to be a person of interest in the death of Christina “Chiki” Venable.

Remy left his old friend, Morpheus St. Jean, in Remy’s condo to unpack and sort out the place while he made a visit to the morgue. He arrived just in time to see Iris and the Detective leaving. Neither he nor Iris gave any indication that they were acquainted, though they were very well acquainted, as a father could be with his daughter claimed and raised by another man. Everything came to a head six months ago when Iris discovered that Remy Danton was her biological father, but nothing was resolved. Iris’s mother–the love of Remy’s life–was killed along with her husband in a small plane crash, leaving Iris with a multi-million dollar enterprise and Remy with a broken heart.

Remy stared at the remains of Chiki Venable. It was hard to believe this was once Chiki. Just then Remy had an epiphany. Remy was still a U.S. Marshall. He went on leave after the plane crash but had the idea rolling around in his head to quit the Marshall Service. Not yet. He needed to pick up some fire power at headquarters–Iris would be the next victim. He knew who he had to face to save his daughter’s life….

***

It was a warm, Miami night. You could barely see lightning in the distant clouds over the ocean. Remy was bleeding from a gunshot wound to the chest. At his feet lay Chiki–the real Chiki–just as dead as the poor creature she killed whose pitiful remains were stored in a cold locker in the morgue. Morpheus and Iris caught Remy as he collapsed on to the Venable’s marble floor, just inches from the corpse of Igor Venable–half his skull blown all over the expensive white sofa. The Venable line was severed…

“Good riddance.” It was but a dying whisper from Remy’s lips. The last thing he saw was Iris and the love of his life was in her eyes….

***

2000 miles away, in Guyana

***
“Remy, Remy, get up. We’re going sailing–even Morpheus is going. Come on, Dad.”

“What? What happened? Am I one of the walking dead, Old Man?”

“Ha. They didn’t want you. You’re in lollipop fields, Remy, where you’re a father and that’s your daughter over there–Iris.”

“I thought I died, Morpheus. What did you do?”

Do not press the matter, my friend. Just live and enjoy life….”

“Morpheus. What about Chiki and Igor?”

“Who are Chiki and Igor, Dad? Listen, are you coming? Morpheus got us a big-ass sloop for the week. Can you believe it? And he’s going to teach me how to dive.”

Remy looked at the faces of his daughter and his old friend. There was something missing from Iris’s eyes and Morpheus never did learn to swim….

***
Inspiration Monday:  Defy the inevitable
Word prompts:  Defy the inevitable, death by flip flop, lollipop fields, do not press, broken heart transplant.
Word Count:  1000+

***
Many, many thanks to Stephanie Orges for hosting Inspiration Monday at Be Kind Rewrite

Image

Advertisements
About

When I was a kid I wanted to be an "atomic" scientist. Not anything my mother expected of me. Well, I became a scientist, just not an atomic one.

Tagged with: , , , , ,
Posted in death, fiction, Florida, horror, humor, inspiration monday, murder, mystery
2 comments on “The Devil’s in the Details
  1. Definitely a few jaw-dropping twists in there, though I found it a bit difficult to keep track of the names. Nice!

    • Lucy says:

      Thanks. How can you forget Igor and Chiki? Such a lovely couple. Morpheus and Old Man are the same–that could be a bit confusing. Glad you liked it, though. I see Denzel as Remy. Lucy

Seriously, tell me what you think

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

IMAGINATION WILL OFTEN CARRY US TO WORLDS THAT NEVER WERE. BUT WITHOUT IT WE GO NOWHERE.
Carl Sagan

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 154 other followers

Follow Sapient Chronicles on WordPress.com
Categories
Archives
Follow Sapient Chronicles on WordPress.com
Copyright Notice

© [Lucy Conrad] and [Sapient Chronicles], [2015-2016]. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to [Lucy Conrad] and [Sapient Chronicles] with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

October 2014
M T W T F S S
« Sep   Nov »
 12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
2728293031  

100 POSTS 9/08/14

Follow Sapient Chronicles on WordPress.com
Blog Stats
  • 4,231 hits
Legal Stuff

Creative Commons License
The Sapient Chronicles by Lucy Conrad is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
Based on a work at conradlucy.wordpress.com.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at conradlucy.wordpress.com.

YeahWrite

Where your words matter.

Mrs Reckless Writes

Fiction, Almost-Truths & Not-Poetry

Bradscribe

A fine WordPress.com site

Habitat for Heavy Hearts

Small, Thoughtful Moments

Cognitive Reflection

Random Thoughts and Musings from London Town

Claire Fuller

Writing and art

Live to Write - Write to Live

We live to write and write to live ... professional writers talk about the craft and business of writing

Notes Tied On The Sagebrush

Writing About Life

BOOKING IT

Debra's Excellent Adventures in Reading and Travel

countingducks

reflections on a passing life

Hangaku Gozen

For we cannot tarry here, We must march my darlings

Anne Higa

Out-of-this-World Fantasy Author

bekindrewrite

write unto others as you would have them write unto you

This is Another Story

About life, fantasy, and everything in between

castelsarrasin

The work and activities of a writer/bargee

Yarnspinnerr

Just Fiction and other things that seem fictitious.

Odyssey of a Novice Writer

Aspiring novelist. Avid reader of fiction. Reviewer of books. By day, my undercover identity is that of meek, mild-mannered legal assistant, Kate Loveton, working in the confines of a stuffy corporate law office; by night, however, I'm a super hero: Kate Loveton, Aspiring Novelist and Spinner of Tales. My favorite words are 'Once upon a time... ' Won't you join me on my journey as I attempt to turn a hobby into something more?

First Night Design

Art, Design, Theatre, Literature, History, Food, Laughter ...

Enchanted Seashells by Princess Rosebud

Beguiling pearls of wit, wisdom, and whimsy-with attitude

The Zombie Blog

Surviving The Zombie Apocalypse

Ray Ferrer - Emotion on Canvas

** OFFICIAL Site of Artist Ray Ferrer **

Don Charisma

because anything is possible with Charisma

Hacker.Ninja.Hooker.Spy.

Some mistakes are too good not to share

Ben's Bitter Blog

"We make bitter better."

belsbror

Simple Living

Leaning on the Son

Inspired by Faith, Hope, Love and Him

Capture You Photography

Texas Style Portraits

Flamingo Dancer's Blog

If I am a goddess why are my feet stuck in the trenches?

Ned's Blog

Humor at the Speed of Life

Adventures in Wonderland

a pilgrimage of the heart

The Brantley Blog

In the eyes of the law, we reach adulthood the day we turn 18 years old. God help anyone who actually believes that.

Pouring My Art Out

Ripping out my guts for your entertainment

The Daily Post

The Art and Craft of Blogging

Mostly Bright Ideas

Some of these thoughts may make sense. But don't count on it.

A slight obsession with books

Reading and Fibrecrafts

Bad Anemone Press

Science is Funny by Dr. Jim Garvey

Thain in Vain

Mind the Glitches

The WordPress.com Blog

The latest news on WordPress.com and the WordPress community.

%d bloggers like this: