Butcher Knives Don’t Float
"Would you kill for
me?" That was how it started. Or maybe ended. I'm not sure.
She stared at me
with those blue diamond eyes. The kind of eyes that made my heart feel like vanilla pudding.
"Who else would it be?" Her smirk hit bone.
"You want me to murder
Frank? That's a big ask, babe."
Jennifer blew a smoke ring through a smoke ring. God,
she's so cool. "Do you love me?"
"You know I do." I've never loved someone the way I
loved her. It's more than love. I'm not a smart man, so I don't know the right word, but
love is too simple.
She ran a finger from her lips to her chest to her stomach
to her sweet home, Alabama. "Do this one thing and we can be together forever. Don't you
"I do. And I'll do it. I'll kill Frank for you. I'll
kill his entire family for you."
Her razor smile sliced through my insides. "Just Frank
will do, Andrew."
We met at a bar called House of Brews in a nowhere town
in Southwest Ohio. I was standing by the jukebox, listening to Paradise City, drinking
"Hey, you kinda look like Axl Rose."
I turned around and
saw the most beautiful woman I'd ever seen. The kind of beautiful that would make good
men do bad things. I looked nothing like Axl Rose, but I played along. "I've heard that
before. Thanks. I'm Andrew."
She reached out a small, translucent hand. "Jennifer.
You come here often?"
I'm a lonely bar rat. I come here every night. "First
"Same. You gonna buy me a drink or what?
"What's your poison?"
Her eyes drifted to my crotch.
I got her a whiskey and Coke and we talked for hours.
She told me about Frank, her ex-boyfriend. He was rich, kept all his cash in a safe in
his bedroom closet. Maybe this is where it all started.
That was four weeks ago. After a lot of prodding from
her, here I was, standing on the porch of Frank’s house. I knocked.
“Can I help
you? He stood there in his silk robe, hair perfect, smelled good, looked good.
My car broke down around the block, and my phone is dead. Could I borrow yours to call
“Sure. Let me grab it for you.”
As soon as he turned
his back to me, I took the butcher knife out of my cargo pants and stabbed him in the back.
Blood spurted out like a sprinkler, spraying my face, my clothes, the expensive looking
art on the walls. He screamed and begged for his life, but I kept stabbing him until I
killed him at least three times. As a final gesture, I slit the bastard's throat. I felt
like Patrick Bateman in American Psycho. The
rush of killing Frank was almost the same as fucking Jennifer. Almost.
to the safe. Jennifer had given me the combination.
It was stuffed with cash and jewelry, just like she said it would be. It took two gym bags
to haul it out to my car. We had made a deal. She gets the cash and I get the jewelry.
This was fine by me going by all the diamonds and gold and Rolex watches I snagged.
I drove straight
to her house, bringing the cash with me. She opened the door wearing only black panties.
She looked at the bags, then at me. “You did it?”
I nodded. “Frank is gone.” She jumped into
my arms, wrapped her arms and legs around me. “I love you so much.”
“I love you
“What about the jewelry?”
“In the trunk
under the spare tire.”
“Good. Leave it there for a few days. Just in
case. What about the knife?”
in the creek. I followed your directions to a T.”
She grabbed my hand, led me to the bedroom. “I
have a gift for you.”
“The jewelry is plenty.
I don’t need anything else.”
She didn’t say a word, just slipped off her panties
and got on all fours. “Come and get your gift.”
Jennifer shook her head. “You can fuck me in the ass. I know
you’ve been wanting to.”
Dear Lord. “I don’t want to hurt you.”
dick wont be the first one that's been in there. Give it a whirl.”
We fucked all night.
The next day, she texted me. Said she would be at my
house at 7:00. She had another surprise.
A knock on the door.
“Yes, why? Who are you?”
Grant. Do you know Jennifer Jones and Frank Stanton?"
"I know Jennifer, but not some Frank guy. Why do you
"Because she called us. Said you beat her up. A black eye, busted lip, two broken
ribs. And she said you told her you killed Frank Stanton out of jealousy."
surprise she had for me was Detective Grant slapping handcuffs on me.
I refused to talk.
They said they found fingerprints on the safe. Fuck. She had told me not to wear gloves
because it would look suspicious in summer. They found the jewelry in my trunk. They found
my semen in her anal cavity. Rape, they said.
And they found the knife in the creek. Murder, they said. Mother fucker. Apparently, butcher
knives don’t float. I figured it would’ve ended up in the Ohio river or something.
I don’t know shit about water.
She came to see me three years later. She wore sunglasses.
Her lips were painted a proper shade of blood. I tried asking why she would do this to
me. She evaded every question. She wasn’t stupid like me.
After a few minutes,
she got up to leave.
“Where are you going?”
Costa Rica, who knows? I’ll send you a postcard. Don’t worry, I know where
you’ll be for the next forty years to life.” She laughed as she walked away.
All I could do was stare at her ass.
And then I realized maybe it
was that perfect ass of hers that started it all. Or ended it. I’m not really sure.
lives in Middletown, Ohio. His stories have appeared in Jellyfish Review, Molotov
Cocktail, Lumiere Review, Lost Balloon, Reckon Review, and elsewhere.
He's been nominated for Best of the Net, Best Small Fictions, and The Pushcart Prize. You
can find him on Twitter @Blukris.