Restorative Justice

This is a submission for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers, https://flashfictionforaspiringwriters.wordpress.com/2017/06/19/fffaw-challenge-week-of-june-20-2017/, prompted by the photo below, which was kindly provided by Footy and Foodie.

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Restorative Justice

Lazy Creek Motel

Space in the bathroom was tight for the cop, the medical examiner and the corpse. Still, only two were using air.

M.E.: ‘You identified him yet?’

Cop: ‘Grifter, fleeced old folks for bad repair work.’

M.E.: ‘How’d you find him?’

Cop: ‘Barkeeper reported a drunk flashing the cash, drove off in a pickup with out-of-town plates. Couple hours later I spotted it in the motel lot. Clerk let me in and there this guy was, dead in the shower with a busted head.’

The overcrowding got worse when the detective joined them.

Detective: ‘Weird sonofabitch used to record his marks and how much he made. You find a notebook?’

Cop: ‘Nope.’

Detective: ‘Cash?’

Cop: ‘No. You think this was a robbery?’

M.E.: ‘Forget about motives. Guy slipped and banged his head. Accident – no question.’

Detective: ‘Guess you don’t need me then.’

Senior Citizen’s Bungalow, next day

Cop: ‘You found $1000 dollars on your doormat?’

Martha: ‘Yep. Same happened to Paulette and Jeffrey.’

Cop: ‘Praise be. You spend it wisely this time Grandma.’

175 words

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12 Responses to Restorative Justice

  1. Iain Kelly says:

    Justice done indeed. Got what he deserved.

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  2. michael1148humphris says:

    I was worried till I read the last few lines, at least some good came out of events.

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    • JS Brand says:

      Thank you Michael. I generally think it’s true that most people have some good in them, but I have nothing but contempt for rogue tradesmen who prey on vulnerable people. Imaginary justice isn’t as good as real-life justice, but it’s OK.

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  3. Hahaha! Great “Robin Hood” type story! I guess the thief got what was coming to him! Great story!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. kalpana solsi says:

    The cop has a benevolent side and the senior citizens are at the receiving end.
    http://ideasolsi65.blogspot.in/2017/06/the-dark-night.html

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    • JS Brand says:

      I hope that’s the case with other cops, although I can’t openly condone this one’s methods.
      By the way I tried to comment on your story, but struggled. I enjoyed it and liked the use of different text colours for effect.

      Like

  5. James says:

    Justice but cops still shouldn’t be “offing” wrongdoers.

    Like

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