Cruel Sacrifices

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Andrea’s eyes met a young investigator’s as he put what looked like a bullet fragment into a small bag.

***

I was parked many yards away from Rebbie’s house. I watched the police and CSIs continued to investigate around the house. Even though I was a distance away from the action, but old schooling had taught me not to hang around too close especially when the trail was still hot.

Also, I had changed rides. I am not stupid! Breathing heavily and smiling. I drank from a water bottle. The ice-cold water felt so good, as good as having sex, I joked.

Those shots were warning shots, you bastards. I missed purposely. I could have executed every single last one of you because I’ve been getting awards for sharpshooting for years. But why should I miss out on the fun when I can just torture each of you one by one, I mesmerized.

I put the water in the holder. A glossy covered condom fell to the floor of the car. “Crap I’m always dropping my shit.” I turned up the Sirius XM station. The Black-Eyed Peas was jamming out one of their latest hits. “Time to blast off,” I muttered, switching gears before flooring the gas out of Summerville.

Andrea yawned as she daydreamed in Mr. Wilburg’s class. Another long day, she thought. And of course, she couldn’t get that drive-by out of her mind. She couldn’t believe that someone out there was trying to kill her and her friends. She was very distraught and worried.

She glanced back and saw Shannon smiling at her. She had already told Shannon all about the ordeal. Shannon had comforted her dearly.

Andrea saw the other girls, Maria and Rebbie, their eyes seemed to wander aimlessly too. They didn’t look so happy, in fact, they look downright miserable. After homeroom, the four girls moved about in the hallway heading to second period.

“Gosh, that was so scary!” Rebbie moaned.

“Yeah, I know. I wonder who could have done such a thing,” Maria agreed.

They were still discussing whatever could have transpired last night’s events.

“The police and techs combed through your house too?” Shannon asked.

“Yep, they were everywhere. They wouldn’t tell me a damn thing. Only wanted me to tell them something. I told them repeatedly that I did not have any more new information when I was at the police station,” Rebbie replied.

“I can’t believe how they treated you downtown at the station!” Andrea exclaimed.

“Oh yep, that’s what happened. Like I was the culprit or some common criminal. I asked them about the bullet, you know, the ballistics and such. I know I been watching way too many episodes of CSI and Law & Order: SVU. I can tell they did not want to tell me. Ya know, like cops when they withhold certain evidence like only info the killer would know or whatever. I guess they thought I would trip up or some other and mention something that wasn’t released to the press,” Rebbie continued to gripe, sighing.

“I saw those new stations vehicles and I was like, ‘who died?!’” Shannon exclaimed.

“Y’all wanna know what I am thinking? I mean come on, there’s got to be more to this story. All this media attention cause by a drive-by shooting and none of us were shot or killed that’s not juicy enough for the media hounds. Get real, maybe this is connected to something bigger out there,” Andrea confided to them.

“I know what you’re talking about. You mean with those past threats against yourself and Maria and now this shooting, like maybe it’s connected to that psychotic freak out there,” Shannon remarked.

Andrea gave her a long look. “Exactly.” She saw terror appear in the other girls’ eyes. And she bet they saw the same look in hers.

The bell had dismissed the whole school later in the day. Andrea and the other three girls walked briskly onto the pavement outside. They saw Cody catch up to them and Rebbie gave him a thick smooch. Then they held hands asking about each other’s day.

They saw a white sports convertible pulled up beside them. They strained to see the driver’s face. Andrea caught a glimpse of Lee’s hair. She saw him smile. He honked at them.

“Hey, Andrea!” he called out to her.

“Hi, Lee!” she called back.

“Y’all need a ride?”

“Nah, we’re going to our rides now,” Rebbie answered.

“Andrea, can I talk to you?”

Andrea looked around at the others. “Uh sure, Lee. What’s up?”

“You drive to school today?” he asked her.

“Not today I didn’t. I rode with Rebbie and Cody. Usually, I drive every day but I didn’t feel like it today.”

“I can give you a ride home. Like I said I wanted to talk to you anyway.”

“Okay, that’s cool.” She hopped in. Waving to her friends as they pulled off.

“See you guys later!”

“Yeah bye now!”

Lee and Andrea vroom through highways and intersections. Passing small town after small town. They zoom by other people and vehicles. The speedometer shot up hastily. From 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100. Andrea loved the speed. Lee pulled up to his condo.

He let his garage door up and parked right next to a four-door black Volkswagen. Andrea stared at it in shock. She noted it immediately. Lee seemed surprised that she was staring hard at his ride.

“Yep, it’s mine too. Do you like it? I know I do,” he grinned.

She looked over at him and blinked. “Uh yeah.”

Andrea almost jumped out of her skin when she saw Lee’s expression. He had the creepiest smile that she had ever seen! But she tried not to show her shock. She sat up.

She didn’t notice that Lee had already got out of the car and she was still in it. She jumped when he tapped on the passenger window.

“Goodness, girl, you’re jumpy! What’s with you today? Are you gonna stay in there or do I have to carry you out?!” he joked.

She gave him a fake smile. “Here I come.”

She took one last look at the Volkswagen before she followed him inside his house. Maybe even against her better judgment. Instantly they were on his sofa making out. They were French kissing like crazy and taking their clothes off. Should I have come inside his house?

This man might be that crazy serial killer, she thought as Lee caressed her neck. He ran his fingers through her silky straight hair. She kept her eyes slightly open. For what? She thought. Who knows what?

“I thought you wanted to talk?” she reminded him.

He stopped for a moment. “Well, I lied. I rather kiss you instead,” he muttered, as he resumed smooching her.

She massaged his face, neck, and chest. A diamond stud in his left ear caught the light of the chandelier overhead. She never noticed it before. How weird, she thought. They continued to make-out very quickly. Andrea had already slid out of her jeans and top.

“Just so you know, I’m not wearing any underwear!” Lee joked.

She playfully shoved him and scoffed lightly. He winked at her.


***

Rebbie and Cody were talking in Rebbie’s bedroom. She raked her hands through his hair. Cody shivered a little.

“What, you cold baby?” she asked.

“No, only a bit nervous,” he replied back.

“Don’t be. It’s just us two. There’s no need to be nervous, sweetie.”

“I-I have to go to the restroom,” he stammered.

“It’s down the hall,” she reminded him.

As soon as he was out of her sight, she rolled her eyes. “Did y’all suckers get that?!” she replied in a stage whisper to her friends.

Tony, Pete, Josh, and Maria were watching and eavesdropping on the hidden video inside her room.

“Damn, the boy is as fresh as flowers!” Tony joked.

“Ssh before he hears you,” Maria chided him.

“Think tonight might be the night?” Rebbie smirked.

“Hell who knows, I’ll love to see it!” Josh cracked.

Rebbie heard Cody’s footsteps getting closer. “Hush up, guys. Here comes the loser now,” she whispered.

Cody came back inside the room. Rebbie pretended to be on the phone. She let loose a loud cackle. Cody blushed. He forced a smile and sat down on the edge of the bed.

“I’ll call you back,” she said aloud to no one. Hanging up the phone. “Do you wanna, um, play around, baby,” she whispered seductively to him.

Cody’s eyes grew bigger. “Uh, I better not. Not right now. I gotta go back home. Rebbie, you ready to take me back home?”

Rebbie looked surprised. “Now?”

“Yeah, I got some homework to finish. I mean we can start up some other time,” Cody said.

“Cody, I thought you like me.”

“I do, Rebbie. But I better get this homework done. See, it’s very important.”

“Even important than me,” she pouted.

“You know what I mean.”

“Sure. Let me get my kiss then,” she French kissed him a full 360 degrees.

“Wow!” Cody muttered.

“Yeah, double wow though,” Rebbie laughed. “Let’s go, lover.”

They walked hand and hand out the door. But not before Rebbie winked at the camera. The others laughed wickedly. Rebbie and Cody walked past her porch. The crime scene tape had been taken down. They jumped into her ride.


***

The next afternoon Rebbie woke up drowsily.

“Get the mail, Rebekah!” her mother, Sarah yelled.

“Yeah, Mom. I’m getting it.”

“If it’s any bills placed them upside down because I don’t want to see them!”

“Yeah, yeah, yeah.”

Rebbie jogged down the stairs. She opened the door and reached into the mailbox beside it. Her fingers brushed against something furry. She pulled her hand back, surprised. What was that, she wondered.

She stood on her tiptoes and pulled out the contents. She was holding a dead raccoon, its eyes had already sunk back into its head, bleeding over some sales papers. The animal’s corpse stank badly. She dropped it in a hurry.

She threw the raccoon around the side of the house. She ran back inside to get a garbage bag and placed the raccoon in it then threw it in the dumpster outside. She dumped the ‘clean’ sales papers and junk mail on a table in the hallway.

“Any mail?” her mother called again.

“Just junk mail, Mom!” Rebbie shouted back. She was busy dialing Andrea’s cell. Her hand shook badly, she almost dropped the phone.

The cell rang and rang. “Come on, Andie, pick up the phone! It’s an emergency!” She was really scared now.

“Hi, this is Andie. I’m not in at the moment. So leave a message and I’ll get back to you. Bye!”

Rebbie hung up. She took two steps at a time, running into the bathroom.

***

At that same time, Andrea was lying on top of Lee’s chest. Their hands were intertwined together.

“I love you so much, Andrea.”

“You do?”

“Yeah, I never felt this way with a girl before. I mean, my exes were all right. But it was never like this with them.”

Andrea smooched him on his lips. And that started another foreplay scene.

“I feel the same way, ya know.”

Lee nibbled her ear. Her earring dangled crazily.

“Do you have any tattoos?” he asked her.

“Nah, I never cared for tattoos that much. How many do you have?”

“I have seven. On my shoulder, thigh, back, arm, and side.”

“They’re tight. I especially like the one of the dragon-slayer and dice.”

“What about the skull?”

Andrea shuddered. “Too creepy,” she laughed.

Andrea’s cell rang again. She grabbed it out of her handbag.

“Let it ring, babe.”

“I could, but it might be important.”

“More important than me.”

She saw Rebbie’s number on the caller id.

“Hello?”

“Hey, Andie, can I see you?”

“What, now, Reb?”

“Yes, it’s deathly important.”

“What the hell is it?”

Rebbie took a deep breath. “Somebody put a dead raccoon in my mailbox.”

“What, Lord no! Do you know who did it? Did you see them?”

“No, Andrea, I don’t know what to think. I actually touch the creature! I had to disinfect my freaking hands!” Rebbie exclaimed.

“Okay then, I’ll be right there.”

“What’s up, you about to leave?” Lee caught on.

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