Literary Lion: Flower
(I just saw Nightcrawler starring Jake Gyllenhall. I was captivated by his superb performance and when I saw Laura’s post Bloom I had to make an attempt at fan fiction. I’m afraid I couldn’t do it justice)
‘911. What is your emergency?’
‘Hello my name is Lou Bloom from Video Production Network. I heard gunshots in the apartment next door and I went to check. My neighbour is dead.’
‘Sir, can you tell me your address?’
‘Do not touch anything, sir. Patrolmen are on their way.’
He knew that, he could see the police codes on his laptop. Their ETA 120 seconds.
His neighbour, sweet little Miss Penny, was writhing on the floor, her clothes bloodied. He wasn’t worried about her, she would be dead before the police arrives. He was busy filming.
He had video footage of last minute, from when the killer left Miss Penny’s apartment. He had to edit the film, remove killer’s exit.
He continued filming, he had just bought a new camera, the best in the market, and he was using it.
The furniture in the house was undisturbed. Remove the soon-to-be dead body from the scene and no one could guess the room is a crime scene.
He filmed the bedroom, the hall the kitchen astonished that there was no sign of struggle. Miss Penny made a sound and he saw her vomiting blood. Almost dead, he would film the entire hall with her in the frame when she dies.
But somewhere in his mind there was an excitement. He was looking for a flower, flower that was blooming, a message left for him and him alone.
He still couldn’t find it, time was running out and he was loosing control becoming anxious.
Miss Penny continued making more noises. He snapped and screamed at her ‘Shut up!’
He saw then. She was not vomiting blood. He couldn’t keep this trophy can he? Not like the last two murders.
Quickly he made up his mind no editing the tape this time. This woman he will try to save. He kept the camera on the coffee table, making sure he was in the frame. He saw the gunshot wound, midsection.
‘Apply pressure’ he knew so he grabbed the cloth he could find and used it to stop the bleeding.
His tape would help the police to nab the killer. He wanted that flower! But it was a crucial evidence, removing it from the scene would bring the full force of the police on him.
Already he has made a couple of detectives suspicious, he was always at the crime scene before any policeman. He needed them to ease off and Miss Penny would do the job.
All the killer had to do was let him have the flower, now he would be captured.
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