by Jon Park
at the bar
in the speakeasy and watched his next hit, the Magician, who was currently
living up to his nickname, performing a card trick to a boisterous blonde, who
squealed with delight as he made a playing card disappear from his hand and
reappear down her cleavage.
himself. He was witnessing the final performance of the Magician. He didn’t
even know the guy’s real name.
ordered the hit. And, today, Ray would be the Magician’s able assistant,
helping him vanish, for good.
wanted to know, his was just to execute the family’s request, quite literally,
in this case.
from his table, sank his drink and planted a kiss between the blonde’s
cleavage. Another squeal erupted from the blonde. “Just need to take a piss.
Now make sure you’re still here when I come back,” he
target made his way through the bar to the toilets at the rear of the
speakeasy. Time to get to work. He sank his whiskey and followed, feeling the
reassuring outline of the gun in his pocket.
he went to
push the toilet door open, the Magician came barging out and stumbled into him.
The two grappled, until Ray’s upper body strength, courtesy of days spent in
the prison gym, won through and he forced the Magician back through the toilet
door. Ray shoved him away, creating space for him to pull the gun from his
coat. He planted it square in the Magician’s face.
his hands up, “Hey man, chill. It was an accident; the floors in here are
slippery. Let me buy you a drink.”
up,” Ray spat, as he checked the toilets were empty. He then forced the
Magician into the first cubicle, using the barrel of the gun to move him back
as far as he could go.
If that’s your girl out there, we were just messing. You know.”
back. He didn’t want blood or bone getting onto his coat.
their regards,” he said, pulling the trigger.
He pulled again. Click. Click.
smiled. “Out of bullets, buddy.” And opened his hand. Six shells fell to the
react, a blade flashed in a spray of red. His legs gave way, and he slumped to
meanwhile, did a disappearing act.
Park lives in Gateshead, in the North East of England. After
several years playing guitar in a local band, he turned to writing, and with
encouragement from his daughters Emily and Charlotte, and his partner Tracey,
he started to release them into the world. Though “The Magician” was his first
piece to be accepted for publication, his story “My Heart Will Always Be Yours” appeared
in Issue # 66 (Feb. 15, 2018) of Yellow