Characters in the story are based off real people. Names have been changed to protect those individuals. Situations and events in the story are fictional, although some real events may be included. Some content may include violence and sexual depictions. Reader discretion is advised.
Deputy Blue, who arrived on scene first and discovered the barely alive body of Vincent lying on the master bedroom, was shortly relieved to go outside to gather herself. Thinking that she just needed air to clean out the pungent odor of bowels and blood, Deputy Blue was seen by arriving detectives outside on the side of the house vomiting and struggling to breathe. One of the detectives that arrived on scene, went over to her to make sure she was doing alright and to reassure her that this doesn’t make her a weak person or an ill-equipped future detective. A lot of her closes friends and family members knew of her goal to achieve wearing the title and badge of being a homicide detective, but it was obvious that finding a half-naked body lying in its own body fluids was overwhelming. After the detective left her outside, and encouraged her to come back in to review the scene, one of her best partners stayed outside with her until she was mentally and physical able to stomach it again.
Several minutes later, and making sure she didn’t have any of her own body fluids covering her dark blue uniform, Deputy Blue entered back into the house and joined the detectives back upstairs. By this time, Vincent had been quickly rushed out of the house and on to the local hospital while he was still in serious condition. Vincent’s body left an outline of blood stains on the cranberry carpet, which nearly camouflaged itself from the naked eye. She continued to accompany the detectives around the scene for at least a couple of hours, checking his cell phone that was left on the bed dresser and whatever else they found that would be of help, which wasn’t much. However, in digging through his cellphone, Deputy Blue found a phone number belonging to his wife, Dawn Perry, which gave them another avenue to pursue. Immediately, Roxie began to think to herself that if his body was found in the master bedroom alone, where is she and could she be her first suspect in this brutal attempted murder case.
Roxie alerts the leading detective of the phone number she found and asked him should he call the wife to find out where she is and what happened to her husband. The leading detective stood in silence for a brief minute, thinking about the answer to give Roxie and what the wife needs to know. Once he became comfortable with his thoughts on the issue, he told Roxie to give the wife a call and let her know that her husband was found barely alive in the house and that he is on his way to the local hospital. It was one of Roxie’s first test to see if she could handle a simple task as to phone the wife and not give up too much information in case she is deemed the suspect in this attempted murder/first degree assault case. When Roxie dialed Dawn’s number, it was near midnight and wasn’t sure if she would get an angry or pleasant welcome from the other end. The phone just kept ringing and ringing for a few seconds, and just before it went to voicemail, Dawn woke up and answered the phone thinking it was her husband bothering her.
DAWN PERRY: Vincent?
DEPUTY BLUE: Dawn? Dawn Perry?
DAWN PERRY: Huh? Who the hell is this? Is this the whore that was with my husband earlier? Is he with you now? What nerve do you have to call me in the middle of the night disguising your identity under his number? You just knew I was going to pick up the phone, huh? Bitch…
DEPUTY BLUE: Mrs. Perry!? I don’t know who you are talking about, but I can rest assure you I am not who you think I am. I am Deputy Roxie Blue with the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office. I’m calling you from your husband’s phone. Is your husband’s name Vincent?
DAWN PERRY: Sheriff’s Office? Vincent is my husband. Well, soon to be ex-husband, but….what happened?
DEPUTY BLUE: Your husband, Vincent, is being transported to the hospital as we speak. He is still alive, but barely.
DAWN PERRY: OH MY GOD! What happened to him? Is he going to be okay? I’m at my parent’s house right now, but I can meet you at the hospital as soon as possible.
DEPUTY BLUE: Okay, Mrs. Perry. The detectives and myself will meet you at the hospital to see if you could share any information on who would do this to him.
DAWN PERRY: Okay….I’m on my way right now!
Almost immediately after the phone call, Dawn flings the bedsheets off of her body, rushed on some sweats and darted to the hospital, leaving her parent’s a written note of where she is. Several minutes later, Dawn arrives at the hospital in a messy appearance that got the attention from the nurses and doctor’s working. Dawn does a fast walk up to the front desk of the hospital and is escorted to the emergency room where Vincent is in a medical induced coma. When she was allowed to enter through the closed curtains that separated his room from the rest of the emergency operation, Dawn was shocked at what she was seeing. Although, Vincent and her were not particularly in love with each other anymore, the strong sense of caring was still there, and they still loved each other, but not in love with each other.
Her first sight of Vincent caused her to put her hand on her chest as she saw tubes sticking out of his throat and penis. Bandages and gauzes covered up all his exit points of where he bled out heavily, and a massive pad on his chest where she could see small amounts of blood protruding through the pad. As she slowly makes her way around the bed, just in awe of what she is taking in with her own eyes, she hears the curtains behind her swing open. The sound of the curtains opening up caused her to turn around in almost a scared like reaction, but made perfect eye contact with the doctor. Not wasting much time while the doctor was in there, she began to ask him what happened to him. The ER doctor started to explain to Dawn that her husband was found on the master bedroom floor, bleeding from his eyes, nose, mouth, anus, and penis and naval. Obviously, this was horrible news to her as she remembered leaving Vincent at home alive and well, although he was on the ground in pain for different reasons.
Dawn was also explained that a pentagram was discovered to have been carved on his chest, but not sure with what object could’ve been used. Taking all this in from the doctor just made her eyes swell with tears and stream down her cheeks. Her meeting with the doctor lasted about five to seven minutes, before the detectives and Deputy Blue arrived at the hospital. When the doctor left the room and brushed against the curtain, Dawn was looking out of the room and saw two well-dressed men in suits and one female officer in her dark blue uniform, which resembled the sheriff’s office. Once Dawn saw them approach at the nurses station and make eye contact with her after the nurse told them where she was, she exited the room with her husband and closed the curtain behind. The three officers and Dawn met each other halfway and finally went somewhere else for a private conversation.
DETECTIVE #1: Good evening Mrs. Perry. I’m Detective Moss, this is Detective Goose and this is Deputy Blue.
ROXIE BLUE: We spoke on the phone earlier, Mrs. Perry.
DAWN PERRY: Yes, I remember. I want to apologize for my reaction and behavior. You obviously didn’t deserve that and….well….you know…I was upset from earlier.
DETECTIVE #1: Yes, Deputy Blue filled us in a little bit on your phone conversation with her. Can you tell us the last time you spoke to your husband?
DAWN PERRY: Umm…it was last night. We had an argument over what happened.
DETECTIVE #2: What exactly happened? What did you two argue about?
DAWN PERRY: Well…I found him in the bed with another woman and that just set things off.
DETECTIVE #1: Anything happen during the argument? Anything physical?
DAWN PERRY: Nothing physical happened. It was just words flying back and forth. I felt myself getting angrier and angrier, so I left the house and went to my parent’s house.
DEPUTY BLUE: He was just fine when you left? No bruises, scratches, cuts or anything like that?
DAWN PERRY: Vincent was fine. I have no clue what happened to him.
DEPUTY BLUE: On the phone you referenced a woman, a whore as you said, but do you have any idea of who she is? Where she went?
DAWN PERRY: Nope. I don’t know where she went. I just know she left the house, which was a very good idea or you’d be investigating another scene.
DETECTIVE #1: Do you know if Vincent had any enemies or anyone that wanted to hurt him for any reason?
DAWN PERRY: No.
DETECTIVE #1: Okay, Mrs. Perry. We’ll finish our interview for now, but we may have more questions for you later. I’ll be in touch.
Once the interview ended and Dawn was given a business card from the detective, she and Roxie made eye contact with each other, but it wasn’t in a friendly sense. Dawn broke her eye contact of Roxie and continued on to her husband’s side, but Roxie stared at her backside until Dawn was out of side. Both detectives and Roxie consulted with each other before leaving and shared mental and written notes. In the meantime, Roxie had her suspicions of Dawn, but also had an idea that maybe she is not involved because of her possible alibi with being at her parent’s. With no clues and with no real evidence to even make Dawn a possible suspect, they were still at square one with Dawn being a person of interest.
For the rest of the night, into the early morning hours, Dawn stayed by her husband’s side keeping herself up to date on his condition. While Dawn remains at the hospital, Shelly wakes up to prepare herself ready for work. Shelly opened her eyes to look up at the ceiling, and felt this excruciating pain rolling through her head, shoulders and back. To her amazement, Shelly noticed that she was sprawled across the bed on her back, diagonally, and half-dressed with no hair scarf. As she attempted to get up, she immediately put her hands over her eyes and head, making painful moaning noises. It was at this point that she began to think, when she could get herself to think, that a migraine has settled in. Receiving migraine headaches always come after she uses her Wicca magic for the purpose of harming or hurting others. As she struggles to get up to get her migraine medicine, which is in the kitchen cabinet, her entire head feels like her heartbeat is actually beating in her brain.
When she finally sits up, and slowly slides her feet over the side of the bed, she feels something wet dripping onto her wrinkled up t-shirt. Shelly looks down and notices that her nose is bleeding, and small droplets are staining her shirt. Quickly she realizes that she had to be at work, but with her getting up early every morning on time for number of years, her body was able to wake up on its own without the use of an alarm clock. Unable to move her eyes towards the clock independently, she has to turn her entire head in order to see what time it is. It is about ten minutes to six in the morning, which in her painful mind gives her more than enough time to gather herself for work. From the bed to the kitchen, Shelly uses the doors, door frames and hallway walls to keep her balance, and kept her head down since this made her feel better, regardless of her nose bleed situation. Just before she gets to the kitchen, Shelly has to pass through her living room and she always made it a habit to turn on the television to break the morning silence.
On this particular morning it wasn’t any different, except the pounding in her head and her sensitivity to the sunrays peeping through the blinds. Immediately, she picks up the television remote control and turns it on. Normally, it is on the news channel from the night before when she finishes her day by watching the late night news, however, this broadcast would be much different. As the television comes on, the INN, International News Network, is in the middle of a special segment, interrupting the normal morning news flow. It takes Shelly a few minutes to realize that the normal voices she is used to hearing is not reporting on the weather or the news of the prior evening. Shelly turns around to face the television, with her eyes barely open, and can hear a man talking like a preacher with the sound of his voice like Dr. King. Curiosity got the best of Shelly, as she wanted to know who is this man preaching on the television, and did she leave it on some religious channel.
Shelly mumbles to herself, “Who the hell is this talking? He sounds like Dr. King.” It was soon announced by the news anchor, conducting the interview that he was there with Minister Khalid X Cure, self-proclaim commander-in-chief of the United Federation of Black Planets. Shelly heard this announcement by the anchor, and I swear it made her head feel even worse as she couldn’t understand what she just heard over live broadcast. Again she mumbled to herself, “Minister who!? Is this another one of those leaders?” Shaking her head from the unbelievable statements that Minister Cure was giving, she turned back around and continued her way to the kitchen. A few minutes later, which I’m sure felt like an eternity to her soul, Shelly finally got ahold of her migraine medicine and chased it down with tap water immediately. While she stands at the kitchen sink, trying to compose herself to get ready for the next morning task at hand, the news broadcast finally tears away from the militant minister.
The following segment announced that the Russian President, Alekzander Gustavof, was nearly assassinated at an event in Kiev last night. Shelly turns back to the television to make sure she heard the news right, and started walking to pick up the television remote. Just before she turned the television off, live coverage was being shown of the possible assassin fleeing a building where she was thought to be surrounded and trapped. This amused Shelly, and made her chuckle for a few seconds before she turned off the television to head back to the bedroom. As she walks back to the bedroom she mumbles to herself, “I can’t deal with this today. People are getting fucking crazy.”
Suspect assassin, Aya Silverman, a Russian national who is working hand in hand with the Central Intelligence Agency, is fleeing through the streets of Kiev with the Ukrainian Police and Russian Military units pursuing her. Behind the pursuers was her handler and CIA sponsored spy, Daniel Storm, who was in charge of the operation to have the Russian president killed. As Aya rounds one corner, she is surprised by a group of Ukrainian Policeman in front of her, but with her fighting skills and deadly training, she was able to handle the group of four policemen with ease by breaking necks, arms and spleen. Aya stole one of the automatic weapons from the injured policeman and continued fleeing through the rough, brick-layered streets. Daniel, who was keeping radio contact with her by talking to her through her ear, was guiding her in which way to go, but of course now his cover was completely blown. Following the pursuing authorities, Daniel opened fire shooting at the Russian military soldiers in the back, causing the vehicle to veer off the road and overturn in a ball of flames.
It was at this point Daniel was taking gunfire from behind when rounds went through the rear window, and striking his windshield. Rounds continued to enter his vehicle, ricocheting around the interior nearly striking him. Daniel instructs her to round another street corner and enter an abandon building. As she attempts to do so, automatic fire is heard coming in her direction striking the ground around her feet. She drops down to the ground, in the prone position watching the police vehicle coming at her at a high rate of speed, and began firing her own automatic weapon. Her many rounds struck the vehicle, especially the driver and rear passenger, killing them, and sending the car into a wall and coming to an immediate halt. After entering the abandon building and running out the other end, she continued straight down another street, uphill. She began to think to herself that she may have gotten to the limits of her escape when she saw the Ukrainian police helicopter overhead.
Somewhere during the pursuit, Daniel and Aya lost contact with each other completely. It was clear that she was on her own and that she needs to hide herself immediately. For several minutes the helicopter tracked her giving updates to the ground units pursuing her, but in the midst of a crowd of people, who were protesting the Russia’s influence in the region, they lost Aya. Unknown to them, Aya was able to duck and hide amongst the crowd by changing clothes out of sight and escaping her pursuers. However, her handler, Daniel, was not as lucky as he was captured by the Russian military units on the south side of the city, who at this point only think of him as one of the possible assassins, not a spy. This was something that was explained to Daniel when the mission was accepted that if caught by any foreign national government or entity, for any reason, he may be disconnected from the knowledge of the CIA and left on his own accord, until he escapes custody and reaches one of the safe houses.
[New York City]
Meanwhile, Mercedes Johnson, the Godmother of the Cooper Family, is with some members of her organization planning on expanding her business to another major city. During her meeting with her constituents, it comes up that her new location for expansion is Baltimore, Maryland, where she wants to have a major influence; her hometown. Before she is able to do that, she needs to confer with her brother, Rodney Cooper, who is the kingpin of the area, and is currently behind bars running his operation. Confirming with him, and temporarily taking over his city with her majesty persona, in her mind can only mean one thing. Her way to the top of the food chain and Queen of the East Coast.
End of Chapter III
FEBRUARY 15, 2016 – CHAPTER IV