The Start of a
I was fucked. Christmas…people
bought presents and crap, so I didn't sell dick. That left me seven days.
supplier, he sent me this sick joke—a video. Wanted to show me what happens, I
don't pay up on time. His boys made it with some sorry assed kid named Tony.
Called it "The Carlos." It went this way:
Sugar’s main dog. He starts by telling this other guy, a skinny-assed
dude, to go to the toolbox and get a screwdriver.
The guy asks, "What
Carlos laughs and
says the pointy one.
They got Tony on
his knees, his hands tied behind him, and Carlos's holding his head up by his
ponytail. Carlos tells his buddy not to forget to bring the hammer. Tony's
bawling and slobbering and begging them not to do it.
asking him, "Where's the fucking money?"
The kid keeps
saying, "Don't got no money."
The skinny dude
puts the screwdriver in Tony's ear and gets the hammer in his other hand. Says
to Carlos, "You ready?"
Carlos shakes his
head, "Hold up a minute. I gotta move. You hit too hard, you’ll go right
through and get brain jizz over me." He yells out, "Enrique."
Must be the guy
shooting the video.
Make sure I’m in it."
Tony's trying to move his
head and shaking all
believe what’s happening.
yells, "I’ll tell ya. I’ll tell ya."
"Ah! Shit! I been wantin’ to try this." He grabs the kid by the throat,
choking him and saying. "Mother fucker! Why you'd wait till now to tell
Before he passes
out, Tony says, "It’s under my steps."
Carlos drops him
and says, "Better be." He grabs the skinny dude’s phone to make a
Enrique’s using Carlos’s.
Sugar. Get somebody to check under his steps." He listens shaking his
head, then says, "Damn I don’t know which one. Check the front and back.
Just have 'em go...and see."
The guy shooting
the video says, “You want I should pause?” and the screen goes black.
The video comes
back on and Carlos is talking on the phone and nodding, "Uh-huh! Uh-huh! Yeah?"
Then hangs up. He looks down at the kid and kicks him in the side. "Sugar
says there ain't squat under any steps."
snot running down his nose. "I fucking swear," he says. "Somebody
must've took it."
Carlos says, "Yeah,
right!" and points to the guy with the camera. "Get ready." He
yanks up Tony by his ponytail and nods to the skinny dude. The dude, his hands
all jumpy like he needs a line, jams the screwdriver into Tony's ear. Tony's
screaming his head off. The skinny dude
hauls back with the hammer.
didn't want to watch, but I did.
slams Tony real good…in the side of the
"What the fuck? You missed the screwdriver." He shakes Tony's by his
ponytail. The kid's head just flops around, because what's inside is leaking
out. Carlos drops the kid and yells at the skinny dude. "You dumb shit! You
The phone rings.
Carlos sees who's calling and says, "Now what?"
It must've been
Sugar, because Carlos says, "Your fuck wad cousin screwed it up." He
listens. "Oh! That sucks," he says and hangs up. He kicks the dead kid.
"The asshole hid the money under the kitchen steps," he says to the
skinny dude. "The shit for brains guy Carlos sent didn't think to look
there…till right now."
Enrique, he yells at
the guy with the camera and waves his hand across his throat. The video goes black.
I watched it
again. No way I'd let them to that to me, so I promised my bitch some good
stuff, if she gave Carlos some action. Gave her some extra too for them to
party, and she got me Carlos's phone while he was wasted.
Texted Sugar on it
and let him think Carlos had collected early. Said…was because of the video.
That’s how I got him. Sugar met me thinking…I was buying new white.
After, the cops
popped Carlos on somebody's tip, they came across a video on his phone… somebody,
they couldn’t tell who, sticking a screw driver in Sugar’s ear.
All Sugar said
before he got iced, was, "No Carlos!"
sent the cops the video of Carlos whacking Tony. Which really put a double hurt
Carlos gone, there's nobody except me to deal with Sugar's main man. So things
are sweet. I got his feeling…gonna be
the start of a bitchin' year.
Ed Radwanski, aka Luke Walters, resides
in Arizona and enjoys the solitude of the empty desert after a lifetime of
crowds on the East Coast. His flash fiction has appeared in Mash Stories, Post Card Shorts and in Envision - Future
Fiction, an anthology by Kathy Steinemann, on Amazon.