Tuesday, December 4, 2007


Scarlet Fury

Katy’s family and friends believed that all was right in her world. Gorgeous, the child of privilege, a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law School, a junior partnership in Hemphill, Baton, Goldman, Rodriguez, and O’Hara, and her life with Josh. But, for a long while all was not right in Katy's world.

The photographs were the last straw. A photo of Katy’s license plate, a mangled body, the bashed fender with blood splotches on the white paintwork of Katy’s Jaguar, a photo of Katy looking down at the body. Four photos and the blackmail note. Bogus photographs. Cleverly photo shopped forgeries of a scene that never was. Never-the-less the stuff made public could be damaging to the young lawyer.

Katy took a 1911 Colt .45 automatic from its case. Josh hadn’t for years touched the pistol that he had stolen from his long deceased uncle, a veteran of WW II. She slipped a full ammunition clip into the pistol and smiled. No one but she knew the real Josh. The humiliation he heaped on her. The squandered money. His sluts. And now this attempted extortion.

Katy could see her future. Tragedy. Josh gunned down by an unknown assailant in downtown D.C. Family and colleagues commiserating. A decent period of mourning. Then, … Katy smiled, thinking about her all time favorite novel.

“Tomorrow is another day “, she murmured.

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