Battery (Part 1)

Good morning!  It’s Friday today which means it’s only 1 day until the weekend and then it will be time to relax.  I am very excited for that to happen.

But, before the weekend, we are starting a new story.  I had an idea to have a long series (this was before I started the Winchester Wednesdays) but I was planning on starting this series in January of 2020.  But, I shortly ran out of ideas on this kind of story and I shortened it to post on here.  So here it is for all of you to enjoy!

This story is categorized as Dark, so please enjoy!

Battery

The sun was setting over the horizon of the warm spring evening.  There was a slight breeze keeping the air cool and comfortable. Nick sat on his back patio, shooing away the crow that was sitting next to him.  “Stupid crow. Shoo!” He waved his arms at the crow making it fly away. He scoffed. “Thank you….geez.”

He leaned back in his chair and looked around his yard.  He lived in a large house in a wealthy neighborhood and had a large yard to relax in.  Nick was a lawyer in his town and everyone loved him. He was one of the more popular lawyers in the large city so he was working a lot.  But he was able to live a pretty lavish life by himself. His friends were all baffled why he was still single, but his answer was always that he was married to his work.

As Nick sat on the porch and the crow came back.  It landed on the porch and started walking near Nick’s feet.  Nick slowly reached into his back pocket and pulled out a pocket knife.  He slowly opened it and threw it at the crow. The crow cawed and tried to lift off the ground but his wing was stuck with the knife.  It flailed around before falling over, it’s chest stopping. Nick stood up and kicked the bird making sure it was dead before picking it up and taking it to the trash can.  

Nick realized his heart was racing.  But he didn’t feel nervous. He didn’t feel pain.  It was more like an adrenaline rush. Maybe that’s why he liked being a lawyer so much; the adrenaline of a trial and court was always exciting to Nick.  He didn’t have any remorse for what he did. Was this a good thing?

He walked inside the house and made his way toward his office.  It was almost identical to the one he had at his actual office. The large oak desk was in the center of the room with his laptop in the middle.  There was a large window with a bookshelf on either side, all the shelves filled with books and random art pieces.  

A couple of trophy deer heads sat up on the wall, displaying what Nick had done.  He was proud of those pieces and he was proud of what he had done as a lawyer. As he stood there admiring his trophies, his phone began to buzz in his pocket.  He pulled it out and looked at the screen, it was one of his best friends and law buddy Adam. He answered. “Hey buddy. What’s going on?”

“Hey…I have a favor to ask.”

Nick sat on the edge of his desk.  “Sure. What’s up?”

There was a cough on the other end of the phone.  “So, you know that murder trial I was working on last year?”

Nick nodded then realized he was on the phone.  “Yeah…the one where the guy killed 9 people?”

“Yeah that one.  Well…apparently it was a mistrial and one of the jury members was paid to vote guilty.  So it’s going to be a whole new can of worms. I just don’t think I’m up for it again. Would you be able to take it?”

Nick groaned.  “Seriously? I know nothing about the case.  You expect me to just take up this case with no prior knowledge of it?”

“Well…I could give you everything I have and go over all the notes with you.  I just don’t want to go through all the turmoil and emotional pain of it again.”

Nick snickered.  “Adam. I can’t take that case from you.  I am busy enough as it is and I have so many cases.  I’m sorry.”

There was a sigh on the other end of the phone.  “Okay…it was worth a shot. But seriously. I don’t think I’m going to survive going through it again.”

Nick looked up at the deer heads as he stood up from the desk.  “Well I’ll tell you what. If you need a second opinion on anything let me know.  I can definitely help you out. And when it’s over, I’ll buy you a drink.”

“Thanks man.  I appreciate it.  And I will take you up on the help and the drink.  Have a good night.”

“You too.”  Nick hung up the phone and put it back in his pocket.  “How hard would it be to kill someone? Is that a crazy thought?  It can’t be much harder than the deer, right?” He quickly left his office and ran toward his basement.  He threw the door open and bolted down the stairs to the dark room. It was empty but it was the perfect place to kill someone.  He had killed animals before but a person was different. What could go wrong?

Nick paced around his office.  “Nick…this is crazy. Do you think you would really be able to pull off a murder when you are on the other side of the law?  You are insane.” He fell into his chair and looked out the window behind him. If he did this and got caught, it was going to be the end of his law career.  Was he really going to give up everything that he went to school for to see if he could kill someone?

But there was this tiny piece of him that was curious.  He had hunted animals before and kept trophies of them in his office.  He was curious just how hard it would be to take a human life. Would he feel any remorse?  There was really only one way to find out.

As Nick pondered about his feelings, he felt his phone start to vibrate again.  He pulled it out of his pocket to see a familiar face. It was one of his church friends, a new guy who was still new to the church family.  He had no family in the area because he moved here for a job. It seemed like too easy of a victim. “Hey dude.”

“Hey.  I was wondering if you doing anything tonight.  I…I’m feeling kinda depressed. And…you’re one of my only friends here.  Would it be okay if we met up somewhere and hung out?”

Perfect.  “Yeah man.  Just grab an Uber and you can come on over to my place.  I got some good alcohol we can drink, if you want to anyway.”

“Okay.  Yeah, I can do that.  I don’t have a car so Uber is the only way to go.  I just need an address and I will see you soon.”

This was just too easy.  Nick felt an evil grin starting to form on his face.  “Yeah man. I’ll text you my address and I will see you soon.”

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