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Crime Drama Fiction

“What the heck am I supposed to do with this?” 

Millie smiled at me cheerily. “Oh, I don’t know. Take care of it? It’s a pet, Jess!” 

I stared at the bright, annoyingly colorful scarlet macaw that sat in the golden cage before me. It turned its head and stared at me with one beady yellow eye, clicking its beak a little. I wrinkled my nose a little. Who gets someone a bird for Christmas? What’s the thought process there? I mean, there’s so much maintenance. Poop cleanup, feeding, letting it out to exercise and fly, ect. What else? 

I offered a weak smile. “Well, Milz, I don’t know what to say.” 

She smiled again, and I felt sad for a second. Of course I couldn’t turn this gift down; Millie was my best friend, and she had put a lot of thought into this to go out and buy a bird. I was going to have to make the most of it. 

“What’s its name?” I asked. 

“Finn. He’s beautiful, isn’t he?” Millie smiled again and slung her coat over her shoulders. “Well, I just came by to drop him off. Merry Christmas, Jess!” 

“Merry Christmas,” I echoed, still locked in a gaze with the bird. It cawed loudly as the door slammed shut behind Millie. “Okay, bird, listen up.” 

“FINN!” it screeched. “FINN!” 

I rolled my eyes. “Okay, Finn. I don’t want you and you probably don’t want me. So, I think the best thing for us to do is for me to try and let Millie down slowly and get you out of here. Deal? Deal.” 

I broke the gaze, spun on my heel, and went into the kitchen to dig for something to drink in the fridge. I heard a loud pop! and rolled my eyes. “Shut up, stupid bird!” 

Suddenly, I heard the loud, distinct shatter of glass. I gasped and ran back into the room, then nearly fainted. 

The bird was gone, the cage shattered and ripped open, and my prized champagne glasses that I had used when Millie was here were in a heap of fragments on the floor. 

“I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry!” 

I screamed and jumped backward, sliding into the wall, as a broad-shouldered man stepped out from behind the bathroom door. He had a chestnut colored stubble and gentle blue eyes, a white tee shirt, and black jeans. He held his arms out to steady me, his eyes wide and concerned. “Hey, hey, hey! It’s okay!” 

My fingers scrambled on the table behind me and found their way onto a large book. I held it up in front of me, heart pounding for my life. “Get away from me!” I shrieked. “Get out of my house!” 

“It’s me!” the man pleaded. “It’s me, Finn!” 

My heart stopped. “What?” 

“It’s me. The bird.” He smiled a little. “I’m Finn.” 

My fingers slipped, dropping the book onto the floor with a thunk. What the heck did he mean? 

“It’s okay,” he said softly, coming towards me, and in one quick second, he had his arms wrapped around me tightly. I squirmed in his grasp, then the realization hit me that he wasn’t going to let go. 

“HELP!” I screamed, kicking him in the chest and thrashing furiously. “HELP, SOMEONE HELP!” 

It was a big apartment complex! Someone had to have heard! 

But NOPE. 

Finn dug into his back pocket with one hand, and with the other arm he wrapped me up in a headlock. He pulled a white handkerchief from his pocket and pressed it to my face, covering my mouth and nose. 

I continued to kick, screams muffled, but I felt my outbursts weakening as the word danced across my brain. 

Chloroform.

Slowly the room dimmed and all went black.

***

Why the heck was it still so dark?

My neck cracked at an awkward angle as I slowly raised my head off my shoulders. My arms and legs were bound tightly with ropes, keeping me held to the hard metal chair. A gag was in place over my mouth. 

“LET ME GO!” I roared through the gag as hard as I could. Somehow, the bird-man heard me, and a light flicked on, revealing him. He stared at me unblinkingly, then came forward and removed the gag, staring down at me. “Got any idea why you’re here?” 

“No,” I spat. 

“Do you know who Mackenzie Lawrence and Jake Prince are?” He raised his eyebrows. 

I raised my chin. “Jake Prince is my ex, but I don’t know who the woman is.” 

“She’s your ex’s new girlfriend. I’m surprised you didn’t know that, given how much we’ve seen you stalk his social media accounts.” Finn stared at me. 

“How do you know that?” I demanded. “Who are you, FBI? CIA?” 

Finn chuckled. “We’re a private organization, and I will not disclose the name at this time.” He walked to the back of the chair and untied the knots, then dug into his pocket and pulled out a small black handgun. Pointing it at the back of my head, he said, “Take me upstairs to your closets.” 

“Okay.” I led the way, unfazed, into my bedroom. He threw the closet door open, examining my wide array of clothes. He felt around the back wall, then moved some boots aside on the floor and stepped into it.

I heard the floorboards creak, and he did too. He shifted his weight. “What’s in the floor here?” he hissed. 

“Nothing!” I exclaimed, leaping up. “Get out of my closet. Now.” 

He turned around, eyes narrowed. “No.” 

My fingers twitched at my sides. “If you know who I am, then you’ll move.” 

Finn pulled down the collar of his shirt to reveal a rubber vest. “I came prepared.” 

I balled my fists, and yellow sparks began to fly around my fingertips. I reared back, the lightning shooting up my  arm, and threw. 

The ball of lightning streaked through the air and collided with his leg. He screamed and fell, but lunged forward and grabbed my leg, dragging me to the floor with him. I kicked him in the face and heard a crack of bone, and blood started to pour from his nose. He yelled again as I climbed to my feet and yanked the gun from his pocket. 

BANG. 

BANG BANG BANG BANG BANG. 

How did all that blood get here? 

I looked down at my midsection. Six red holes were torn through the fabric and into my skin, making the world dance around me as I fell to the floor, my blood spilling onto my carpet as I heaved for breath. 

Finn climbed to his feet, wiping the blood from his nose onto his arm with a sniff. He marched over to the closet and began to stomp on the floor, making my makeshift plywood cover crack. He stepped back as it fell apart, revealing the seven foot hole that housed two skeletal humans- Mackenzie Lawrence and Jake Prince. 

I forced a weak, strangled laugh as Finn helped Mackenize out of the hole. She was crying, the sobs wracking her ugly, thin frame. “Hello, Mackenzie. I see Jake is no longer with us.” 

She turned to me, her face sunken and ugly and didn’t speak, but then turned and sobbed into Finn’s chest. He looked over at me, his gun still held loosely in his hand. “How long ago did Jake die?” he asked quietly. 

“Two weeks,” I spat, blood trickling down from my lip. “I found him when I went to deliver a bucket of water for the week.” 

Finn shook his head slowly. “There are so many jealous, cruel people in the world. I’m proud that I can do my part to rid the good common folk from them.” 

He raised the gun and pointed it directly between my eyes as I stared into his. I grinned weakly. “Good luck finding the others, Finn.”

He squeezed the trigger and the bullet shattered into my skull as I took my final breath.

December 24, 2020 22:35

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68 comments

Nainika Gupta
23:44 Dec 24, 2020

.....what??? OMG WAIT - she....captured those two people, and the bird was an agent that....stopped her??? WOW what a cool story, I must admit that when I first saw that Finn was a human, I thought you were going to make her fall in love with him BUT THIS WAS SO MUCH BETTER OMG i...loved it :) well done Megan Happy writing :)

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Megan Sutherland
01:14 Dec 25, 2020

Thanks so much, Nainika! Happy writing to you too, and Merry Christmas!

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Nainika Gupta
01:39 Dec 25, 2020

No problem!!! To you as well, happy holidays :)

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Megan Sutherland
03:35 Dec 26, 2020

Hey, everyone! Notes: 1. My writing has been pretty crappy lately. Not looking for compliments or sympathy; that's just the way it is, so pardon me here. Lol. 2. I'm trying some murder genre, as you can tell from my last couple of stories. Let me know how you like it! 3. Thanks for reading! -Meg S

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Loved the story so much Megan! :)

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Megan Sutherland
05:49 Dec 25, 2020

Thank you, Haripriya!

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It was my pleasure Megan!

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i loved this story!! i loved the descriptions just everything about it this story is beautiful good job :)

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Megan Sutherland
15:20 Dec 29, 2020

Thank you!!

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no problem you really did a good job

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Megan Sutherland
19:54 Dec 29, 2020

If you don't mind me asking, how did you find my page?

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i dont remember exactly but i probably found your page on the leaderboard

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Megan Sutherland
22:44 Dec 29, 2020

Cool, I was just wondering. hehe

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17:58 Dec 26, 2020

I loved it. The emotions were great, and the character relationships were amazing!!!

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Megan Sutherland
21:07 Dec 26, 2020

Thank you!!!

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21:21 Dec 26, 2020

Np!! Don't say your writing is crappy!!!

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Megan Sutherland
23:44 Dec 26, 2020

Luke it's not a self hate thing.... it's just the truth right now. I'm going through a rough patch in my writing 🤷‍♀️

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00:12 Dec 27, 2020

That's ok. Just remember you are a great writer even in rough patches.

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Megan Sutherland
02:30 Dec 27, 2020

Thank you :)

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Megan Sutherland
02:31 Dec 27, 2020

You're making me blush

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AWWW NOO GIRL THIS IS NOT CRAP WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT ROLEPLAY FRIEND D:<

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Megan Sutherland
05:49 Dec 25, 2020

It's just how I'm feelingggggg idrk

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14:32 Dec 29, 2020

NEW STORY ALERT!!!!!!!!!

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Megan Sutherland
15:20 Dec 29, 2020

I WILL READ IT ASAHP I'M COOKING RIGHT NOW

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15:40 Dec 29, 2020

LOL YAY THANK YOUUUUUU

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19:49 Dec 28, 2020

o. m. g. this story is great! Has a really good ending, and you build up suspense really well! :D - Amethyst

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Megan Sutherland
23:01 Dec 28, 2020

Thank you so much! For the comment, and for checking out my story. It's nice to meet you, Amethyst! -Megan S

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23:05 Dec 28, 2020

nice to meet you too!

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Megan Sutherland
23:10 Dec 28, 2020

How did you find my page? :D

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23:20 Dec 28, 2020

well i was on haripriya's story and then I saw your comment and clicked and went to your first story ya

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Megan Sutherland
23:29 Dec 28, 2020

Ohhh okay! :D I was just wondering

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15:32 Dec 28, 2020

WHAT DA HECK JUST HAPPENED?!?!?!?!?! atfirstshewasjustaninnocentpersonwhogotabirdshedidntwantandthenextthingyaknowshesgettingshotintheheadforkillinganotherpersonandcapturingtheothermymindhasbeenpopped In translation to writerly words, this story was filled with twists and turns and it was AMAZING. It was fast paced, packed with action, and wonderful to read. Your writing gets better with each passing story. The dialogue flowed so well it was kind of scary! (; Also, I really want to know more about this organization that Finn works for and ho...

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Megan Sutherland
17:34 Dec 28, 2020

I was planning on leaving it in suspense. MUAHAHAHAHHHAHAHAH Thanks so much for the feedback!! <3

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23:46 Dec 28, 2020

NOOOOOOOOOOO!!! WHY?????? Lol, I'm just kidding. That's fine and a good authorly choice (but you're still EVIL. just kidding :D ) You're welcome! <3

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Megan Sutherland
00:59 Dec 29, 2020

<3

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Lyvia Fei
21:41 Dec 31, 2020

Woah! Plot twist! Consider me down for the count and crazy surprised. Also extremely sad that she wasn't some super hero. But then again, I just like good guys more than bad guys. I know, I know, it's very dumb but I always like playing the right side. Anyway, this was so great. I didn't see the twist until it happened, so awesome job! -Lily

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Megan Sutherland
22:03 Dec 31, 2020

Thanks, Lily! There's nothing wrong with liking the good guys more lol

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Lyvia Fei
22:59 Dec 31, 2020

Hehe. :D Also, I released the new story, hope it lives up to expectations!

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Megan Sutherland
03:37 Jan 01, 2021

Lily, I'm absolutely positive that it will. :D I'll check it out asahp.

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Lyvia Fei
03:46 Jan 01, 2021

Thank you and Happy New Year!

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Lyvia Fei
03:48 Jan 01, 2021

Disclaimer though, it's pretty short.

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Megan Sutherland
03:53 Jan 01, 2021

That's fine lol. Happy New Year to you as well!!

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B. W.
10:20 Dec 30, 2020

Heya

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Megan Sutherland
15:23 Dec 30, 2020

heyoooo

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B. W.
18:02 Dec 30, 2020

how are ya?

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Megan Sutherland
18:50 Dec 30, 2020

Good, how are you?

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B. W.
19:24 Dec 30, 2020

I guess im fine

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Megan Sutherland
20:11 Dec 30, 2020

What have you been up to lately?

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