“STUNG! A Theophilus Hornby Mystery” (Ch. 2)

03 Jun

~~ Ch. 2 ~~
At the bottom of the small canyon, the Lexus was one crumpled mess. “What a waste of a hundred-thousand dollar car!”, Officer Bondo said outloud.

“Maybe you ought to care about the dead body we’ll need to pry out of that hundred-thousand dollar car, Bondo!”, snapped Sargent Sanders.

After rapelling down the sheer cliff, the EMT’s worked with the jaws of life to pop open the driver’s door and it became immediately apparent that there was no life left in its occupant.

“A dozen air bags couldn’t have saved that guy,” commented one of the EMT’s. They strapped the body on the gurney, signaling their comrades to pull up the corpse. Several times the gurney slammed against the rocks and the rescue workers winced at each occurrence. But the victim didn’t mind. Hours before he had departed this vale of tears.

“Hey, I know that guy!,” shouted another rescue worker. “That’s Bubba Delvaney, the crime boss from Detroit!”

Delvaney had recently been found not guilty of racketeering and murder charges. Several key witnesses had disappeared and the Federal Prosecutor Diane Miller’s case had crumbled before her eyes.

Delvaney had left the courtroom with a smirk, and then celebrated his legal victory with his friends at Pontefiori’s Family Restaurant. Feasting on some of his favorite Italian dishes, including pasta primavera, chicken Saltimbocca, and fettuccine Alfredo, he slapped his lawyer on the back and offered a toast to the legal profession.

Three and a-half hours later Fernando, a six-foot-six former NFL tackle who faithfully served as Delvaney’s assistant and bodyguard, asked, “Hey, boss? Want I should drive you home?”

“Nah,” Delvaney said. “I didn’t drink that much. I’ll be okay.” Okay was the last thing the crime boss would be. And those were the final words any human heard him say. Justice was now complete.


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2 responses to ““STUNG! A Theophilus Hornby Mystery” (Ch. 2)

  1. Anonymous

    June 7, 2022 at 12:14 pm

    3rd paragraph, I’m pretty sure you meant rappelling and not repelling…

    • Dr. Larry Dixon

      June 7, 2022 at 12:23 pm

      Thank you! Any thoughts on the story so far?


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