By Anthony Neil Smith
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I tucked away the gun and stepped behind the doctor, helped him up. “Sorry about all that, Doc. Sometimes I just lose my temper, you know? Especially when I feel my chain’s been jerked. ” He nodded, or maybe he was just shivering. I didn’t care. He was on shaky ground those four steps back to the cruiser, nearly falling into the backseat. The headlights were right on us now, and the electric company truck swept by, creating a vortex of snow and wind that stung my eyes. I closed the back door, got into the driver’s seat, cranked the engine.
No need for his tough guy bullshit. That told me half of this act depended on my response. But I couldn’t shake the feeling he was hiding something big. ” I said. “No need. I’ve already told you, I’m your last shot. Those guys in there—” he nodded towards the glass. “They want to scare you. Want you to do the hardest time there is. Traitor time. Even the baby-rapers will spit on you. ” “Good buddies, right? ” He laid his hand on his chest, mock-hurt. “I don’t chop them up and scatter them across three states.
If I’d ever been afraid of death before, the stun gun changed my mind. I wanted to die. I looked forward to being dead. Anything to stop the pain. When it finally stopped, I was hoping that the room was just an afterthought. What I was seeing was only an echo of my life. Any second the pain would flitter away and my soul would give up looking for heaven and hell and just fall asleep and that’s all she wrote. My story would be over. But I kept breathing and jittering and burning—smoke rose from my wrists, circled with charred skin.