So I said… “Why not publish my short story on my blog?” So here it is.
by justanothersomebody (sunkissesmoonembraces.wordpress.com)
“So you’re just gonna leave me?!?!” She cried. He saw her cry for the 5th time. And that’s a lot. She meant everything to him, but so does his job.
“Hey. It’s not like it’s my fault.” He defended himself.
“Oh so it’s mine?”
“Come on babe, not here. Not in front of these people.” He said, holding her arms.
She took off. Mortified. Mad. And of course, sad. She never had a proper date with her “boyfriend”. If that’s what he really is. Why did she choose a detective?
“Yo, partner you’re finally here! The press wants details about the Coleman Case. And of course the sheriff’s pushing us about it.”
“Yo, Kevin. Sorry. Got caught up. Ugh, media.”
“Arden?” His partner asked.
“Ricky Dell my man, why’d you fall in love with Arden. She’s irresistible. Sexy, smart, beautiful and an actress. And you just leave her? I mean who does that? You’ll just break her heart.” Kevin said.
Ricky can’t blame this on his job, maybe Kevin was right. He shouldn’t have gotten a girlfriend. She’s just a…. distraction to his career.
“Arden Meyers, it is not your fault.” Her best friend, Kelly told her.
Kelly just looked at her. “If he loves you, he would forget his job.”
Arden showed a small smile.
“Arden, that guy’s clueless. He doesn’t know that he’s got it all, with you.”
“No he doesn’t. He doesn’t have time for me.” Arden felt tears form in her eyes.
She hated it. He was always busy. But she can’t blame his job. He protects people. He’s a top detective. The sheriff praises him. The mayor gave him an award once. She couldn’t help but feel that she’s nothing to him. Just an accessory. A toy.
“The Coleman’s were murdered by Jack Freeman, their gardener. He’s not so free now.” The sheriff told the press. And the press, with their unending enthusiasm, poured the sheriff with questions.
Ricky and Kevin watched him. He winked at them. A wink saying, “Good job, boys.”
Ricky and Kevin were the best detectives in their area, and they were also the best of friends. Whenever Kevin gets into trouble, Ricky always saves him from it, vice versa. Though Kevin just arrived 6 months ago, he’s catching up pretty fast. There was a case where he solved it by himself. Ricky and the sheriff were both impressed.
“Nuther job well done, huh Rick?” Kevin said as he looked at Ricky.
Ricky just stared in front of him and said nothing.
“Hello? Yo! RICKY!!!” Kevin shouted.
Ricky shook his head.
“Yo! Stop with the shouting, man. Not cool.” He said, touching his ears.
“You can’t stop thinking about her can’t you?” Kevin said, whispering.
“Ok ok, Kevin, you have got to control your voice. And, I can forget about it.”
“But you can’t forget about her. Dude, been there, done that. And look at that band on my finger. Been married for a year. And my wife never asks about my job. She’s fine with it.” He said, bragging.
Ricky raised a brow. “First of all, I’m 25 and you’re like… never mind.”
Kevin glared at him. “30. They say it’s the most important time of your life.”
“Fine. And second of all, Arden, we’ve been in a relationship for a year. It’s just now that she’s acting all weird.” Ricky said.
“Maybe its cause you kept thinking about your job when you two are on a date. Rick, being a detective, you need a lot of focus. You have to let go of everything. Maybe you should just let her go, before you break her heart.” Kevin said as calmly as he could.
Ricky nodded. He was right. He’s always right. Kevin’s wise. Maybe he should just… let go.
Arden stared. Unable to open her mouth.
The director whispered her lines. She looked at her director. But she can’t make up the words. Her world was turning upside down. Ricky was all she could think about.
The director said it again. And she finally understood. She snapped out of it and made an adlib so that she would cover her mistake.
“Oh my poor soul as I wander on these cold concrete floors.” She said, doing what she’s good at, acting.
“Arden.” The theatre director/scriptwriter pulled her when the play was done.
“Carey.” She said, smiling.
“You weren’t yourself a while ago. This is the theatre, Arden. And you’re one of the best. Why are you proving us wrong?” She asked with a straight, strict voice.
Arden looked down.
“Arden, stop ok?”
“But you were still good.”
Arden showed a smile.
In her dressing room, her friend Kelly waited for her.
“Hey, girl, great performance.” Kelly said, hugging Arden.
“Hey. Thanks.” Arden said, breathing.
Arden laughed. “Tired.”
“You have so many fans, look at all the flowers outside!”
“Yeah, I feel dead.”
A knock on the door was heard.
Arden took her robe, and wrapped it around her.
She opened the door.
“Hey there, pretty face.”
“Vincent.” Her ex, also an actor and she had to kiss him on the play today. Yech.
“You were amazing.” He said.
Get away from me. She thought to herself. “Thanks. I’m kinda busy now, so, would you mind?”
“Wanna grab some coffee?” He said, charming her.
Not gonna work on me. “Uhh, no. But thanks anyway.”
She closed the door.
“I hate that guy.” Kelly said.
“Not as much as I hate him.” She rolled her eyes and laughed.
“There’s a blood trail here, oh, and I just found the murder weapon.” Kevin said, showing the murder weapon, a knife.
Kevin and Ricky were working on another field case. A man, rich man, hanged up on a tree with a stab wound on his heart. Suicide? Nope. It just looked like it. But he would’ve died stabbing his heart. So the suspect made it look like a suicide.
“Hey Kev, I’m gonna ask questions, ok?” Ricky said.
“Sure sure.” Kevin nodded, busy with his bloody knife.
Ricky pulled out his phone, which wasn’t allowed, but what the heck, right?
He dialled Arden’s number.
“Arden.” He said as he heard her pick up.
“Hey, I heard you did well today. Congrats.”
“Hey, umm, I’ll cook dinner for you, so come by my place, about 8, ok?”
“I love you.”
“I love you too, Rick.” He heard her smile.
He hung up his phone.
“So that’s your idea of asking questions huh?” Kevin said, sneaking up on him.
Ricky smiled, “Sorry.”
Kevin laughed. “Just get on with it.”
Wrapping up the case, with the maid of the neighbour killing the rich man because he raped her, she confessed and they testified it, and saying good bye to his fellow detectives, he went straight to his apartment. It was already 8:30. He’s late, again.
As he neared it, he saw Arden waiting for him outside the building. She looked pretty, but she was sad.
“Arden.” He said as he hugged her.
“Hey.” She hugged him back.
And as they let go, he saw her frown again. She quickly smiled.
She’s lonely, he thought. As a detective, he got used to interpreting people’s actions. Arden was hard to figure out. She’s a great actress.
He kissed her.
“What was that for?” She asked, blushing, smiling.
“So I could see your real smile. Come on.” Ricky said.
Arden bit her lip. He can make her weak.
“So you’re blaming me?” She said, angrily. After eating dinner, they sat on the couch and watched T.V. Then, Ricky told her about the situation of his career.
“No, Arden.” Ricky said, steadily.
“You want to break up with me. So you could go back to being the best detective.” She said through her tears. She hated it. Hated crying. Hated him seeing her like this. She stood up.
“Arden please. You always blame yourself. You always get angry, and never let me say anything.” He said.
“I blame myself because I can’t blame you. You chose that job. You love it more than you love me.” She said, trying to calm down.
“Arden.” He said.
She smiled. “See? You can’t even say that you love me more than it. I’m sorry Ricky. I just thought you’d love me more, because I love you more than acting. I’m just a toy right? You just played with my feelings.” She took off.
“Arden.” He said whispering. For the first time in his life, he wept because of a girl.
His phone rang 30 minutes after their fight.
“Hello?” He said.
“Ricky!!! Help!!!” Arden shouted.
“Arden!” He stood up from his seat.
He heard Arden shouting and his world went all blurry. She’s in danger, he shouldn’t have let her walk alone in the dark.
He heard her phone drop. And his tears dropped as well.
He does love her more than his job.
Arden ran as fast as she could, tears flowing from her face.
Ricky ran fast. Only thinking about Arden, only Arden.
Arden ran. She heard a yell.
Ricky went past streets, 20th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd. Nothing. He searched and searched. His legs ached, but his heart ached much more. Nothing. Nothing, nothing, nothing. Then…
An empty lot, just one tree standing at the corner, nothing but rocks and soil and grass. He saw a yellow police tape, he cursed, his heart stopped beating, his vision blurred, he felt his bones weaken.
Arden kept on running, 20th, 21st,22nd,23rd. And nothing.
He went near it, Kevin was there. The police was there, keeping an eye on the crime scene, and people who might just barge up and ruin the scene. He couldn’t see the body.
“Kevin.” He said, his voice coarse. He was 2 feet away from the crime scene.
“Ricky…” Kevin’s face dropped.
“Wh-What happened here?”
Kevin stepped away from the body.
It was a woman, brown hair, sparkling green eyes. Beautiful. Except the blood on her forehead, blood. Hey, I saw her, the best theatre actress in town.
He cried, he covered his mouth and tried to wipe away his tears.
“Ricky, I’m sorry.” Kevin said.
One minute they were fighting, the next minute she’s here, lying on the empty lot, with blood on her forehead.
“It’s my fault, I didn’t take care of her. We got in a fight. And I didn’t apologize. She said she loved me, I didn’t say anything.”
“Ricky, it’s not your fault.”
“Yes it is!!!” He broke down.
“Ricky, enough. You have to solve this. So you could catch the killer.” Kevin explained calmly.
“You’re right. Let’s do this.”
“Hey, Rick. Look at this.” Kevin said looking at blood, there was a blood pool on the street, and blood on her head, some blood on the empty lot, and traces of blood in between.
Ricky looked as well. “She was dragged from the street, to this lot. And she’s been hit by a sharp object.”
“A rock?” Kevin guessed.
Ricky looked for a rock with blood on it. He found a big one, near the blood pool on the street. Murder weapon.
“Kevin. Murder weapon.” He said.
“Wow, that is a big rock. How’d the killer manage to carry that? And if he did, her skull would have been broken.” He said.
“Maybe she was shot and then she hit her head.” He said.
“No, Rick, there was no bullet hole on her. Nothing.”
“Then what?” He asked.
“Maybe she was pushed, the murderer knew there was a sharp rock so he took it for granted.” Kevin theorized.
“Yeah.” Ricky said. “Have you seen her purse, Kev?”
“No, no purse. Robbery?”
“Maybe. Umm, was she?” He asked.
“No, Ricky, thank God she wasn’t raped.” Kevin said with a sigh of relief.
Ricky tried to smile but it failed. He just can’t smile.
“Hey, hey! You! Get out of here!” The officer shouted.
“Y-Y-You get o-out!!! My property!!!!” The homeless man shouted.
Ricky and Kevin came near the homeless man.
“Sir, this is a crime scene now.” Ricky said calmly.
Ricky saw the man carrying a purse, it looked a lot like Arden’s purse.
“Sir, may I see that purse.” He said.
“No! This is woman’s purse.” The homeless man said.
“Whose purse sir?”
The homeless man pointed at Arden.
Ricky nodded. “Why did you take it?”
The homeless man shook his head. “I-I-I didn’t not take it.”
Ricky felt hopeless.
“I-I drag her to lot.”
Suspect. “Did you kill her??”
Arden kept on running. Empty lot. There was a man there.
“N-no. Rock killed her. Accident.”
Ricky closed her eyes, tears. His eyes lit up, fire in them, anger. “No! You killed her!!!”
Ricky strangled the homeless man.
“Ricky! Stop!” Kevin said.
The officer took Ricky by the waist and pulled him away.
“Y-You! You killed her! Arden! Arden!” Ricky cried.
“Stop it Ricky!” Kevin said.
“I h-hate people!” The homeless man said, and he ran away.
The officer started to catch him.
“Stop, officer.” Ricky said.
The officer stopped.
“It was not his fault. He saved her actually. A car might run over her, so he dragged her on the lot.” Ricky explained.
“Ricky, it was really just an accident. There was a witness. The building near this lot is an apartment. There was a bystander. He saw Arden running and hitting the rock and the homeless man dragging her. He tried to contact the police, but no one came.” Kevin explained each and every detail properly.
“So I’m gonna blame myself forever. I killed Arden.” Ricky said as his tears trickled down his face. “But who was after her, Kevin? She screamed a lot when I talked to her on the phone.”
“She was the best actress in town, Ricky.”
“Please Ricky!” She said.
She hung up her phone, and sighed.
I’m sorry I have to do this to you Ricky. But this is the only way. She thought to herself.
It was all just an act. If he did come after her, it was proof that he did love her.
She was an actress.
She ran, she tripped, she died.