The Suspect

By  Selina
Published on   Dec 17, 2021

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You wake up to the sound of birds chirping.


You smiled when you realize how soundly you had slept.


You just moved into this new town, and you're loving it.

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You look around you and take a mental note of all the items you still need to get to make your bedroom look nice and comfortable.


I should probably stand up now if I intend to start job hunting.

What should I have for breakfast?

You are in the process of fixing up your breakfast when you hear someone pounding on your door.


You slowly make your way to the door and open it slightly.

When you see two uniformed officers standing at your door, your face becomes ashen.


'Are you Monica?'


What do you say?

"What do you want?"
"Yes, I am."

'You didn’t answer my question. Are you Monica?'


'I would also like to know what you want from Monica.'


'I take it you are Monica then. You are under arrest for the kidnapping of Ben, Fred, and Angela.'


'What!!'

This can’t be good. Why is the officer looking at me like that?


'You are under arrest for the kidnapping of Ben, Fred, and Angela.'


'What!!'

'You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.'

'You have the right to an attorney; if you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you.'


You stare in shock as you are handcuffed and moved into a police car.

'Where are you hiding the victims?'


How do you respond?

"Have you lost your mind?!"
"I don't understand you."

'You realize where you are, right?'


'Yes, I do. But I didn’t exactly ask to be here.'


'You are our primary suspect. You were the last person who saw the victims before they went missing.'

'I want to know where you kept the kidnapped victims.'


'You sound so confident that I kidnapped them.'


'That is because you are our primary suspect. You were the last person who saw the victims before they went missing.'

'It is possible. According to the CCTV footage we saw and some eye witness. You were the last person they saw at their respective businesses.'


'Yes, I saw all of them yesterday. I bought some groceries from Angela because I didn’t really have anything to eat at home.'


'These people have been very nice to me, and there is no way I could have kidnapped them.'

'Really, because your record shows that you killed your stepfather.'


Time seems to stop when you hear this and look around uneasily. You cannot believe your old life is catching up to you.


'Why did you kill him?'


'I...'

Didn't mean to
I don't want to talk about it

'I am listening.'


'He was a big drunk, and he often spent a lot of time in a pub. However, when my mother died, he became worse and...'


You take deep breaths as you try to fight back the tears.


Dale looks at you with compassion in his eyes as he hands you a tissue.


'Thank you. My stepdad sexually harassed me every night, and I always fought him off. However, he was so drunk on the night he died and almost had his way with me. I used my night lamp to hit him…'


'I didn’t mean to kill him, and I didn’t kidnap these people.'

'I really hope you will come to the realization that you don’t have that much freedom as our prime suspect.'


'He was a big drunk, and he often spent a lot of time in a pub. However, when my mother died, he became worse and...'


'My stepdad sexually harassed me every night, and I always fought him off. However, he was so drunk on the night he died and almost had his way with me. I used my night lamp to hit him… I didn’t mean to, and I didn’t kidnap these people.'

'I believe you.'


You watch in shock as Dale removes the handcuffs from your hands.


'Let’s just say I have a good hunch that you are innocent. You are also shaking like a leaf right now.'


'Does this mean I can go back home and not stay here?'


'I can’t let you go home until the culprit is found. You would have to come with me.'


'Where?'


'My home, which sometimes doubles as a witness protection home.'

'Thank you, but why am I coming home with you?'


'I don’t want you sleeping in a cell, and I have two free rooms in my house that you can use until the killer is caught.'


'So you either come with me or stay in jail. The choice is yours.'


'I would…'

Stay
I need some time to think

'Why?'


'You thought I was a killer a few minutes ago. Why do you suddenly trust me?'


'As I said, I trust my hunch, and I have never been proved wrong.'


Dale takes your hands in his and gives it a reassuring squeeze.


The warmth of his hands on your own makes your body tingle in excitement.


Okay, this is strange.

'You can take all the time you need. Well, not all the time as I need to know your answer before heading home.'


Dale takes your hands in his and gives it a reassuring squeeze.


The warmth of his hands on your own makes your body tingle in excitement.


Okay, this is strange.

You watch Dave leave, and you begin to think about your next step of action. You fall asleep while thinking and wake up in the evening.


I must have been exhausted.


You head to the front and see the Sherriff waiting for you.


'I am sorry I took so long.'


'It is okay; a girl as pretty as you needs her beauty sleep.'


Is he flirting with me?


'Ready?'


'Sure.'

You are amazed at the beautiful apartment you have just walked into.


'I can’t believe a man can be this neat.'


'Well, I am.'


You realize you have just spoken out loud.

'I guess you must know a lot of dirty guys?'


'Not a lot, but my stepfather was worse than dirty.'


'Wow, that bad. Huh.'


You nod your head, absent-minded as you continue to take in the spacious house. You stop in front of different files on the coffee table.

'What are these?'


'Documents involving the investigation. We have never had this kind of crime in this town, so I am really working my body out to find the culprit.'


'Can I help. Please, I really want to prove my innocence.'


'Hmmm. Sure, but we work together.'


You are so happy that you…

Hug him
Give him a peck

'Oh, wow. I have never seen anyone this happy to help out a sheriff before.'


Why did I have to hug him?


'I am sorry about that.'


Dale stares at you, and you find his gaze very electrifying.


'We should both take a shower before we start… I don’t mean together… I errm... should show you where your room is. It comes with its own bathroom… Please stop me from rambling.'


Omg, is he blushing?


Dale leads you towards your room, and you watch him nervously make his way back to the living room.

Dave looks stunned as he looks at you.


'I shouldn’t have done that. I was just too excited.'


'Do you peck every man that allows you to find a kidnapper?'


'No, just the charming ones.'


'So you think I am charming. Interesting, because I think you are too.'


You both stare at each other. Dale clears his throat and breaks eye contact with you.


'I need a shower before we start, let me show you to your room.'


Dale leads you towards your room, and you watch him nervously make his way back to the living room.

You and Dale are both seated as you look through the various files.


Dave answers a call, and you watch his face change once he hears the other person’s voice.


'Is something wrong?'


'Yes, Kim, the florist, has been missing for 24 hours now.'


'Wait, did you just say Kim? The lady with the bubbly personality She made me a casserole the first day I moved into town just to welcome me. She was very friendly.'


I think I see it now. It’s a pattern.

All the kidnapped victims all have something in common. They all went to the same high school and are all extremely friendly. The kidnapper is going after the popular kids who are still in town.


'Shit! I see it now! You are a genius, Monica. I believe I have a good idea who might be next. You just saved these people, Monica.'


Dale looks at you in admiration before he excuses himself and makes some calls. You are now alone in the house as Dale has gone to find the kidnapper.


What do you do?

Pace around
Watch television

You keep peeping through the window as you pace around.


This isn’t really helping.


You take your seat, and you slowly massage your neck.


You hear footsteps, and you immediately run towards the door.

You flip through the various channels, but you still can’t seem to stop thinking about Dale.


How do I care so much about someone I only just met?


You hear footsteps, and you immediately run towards the door.

'Dale, it’s you! You are alive.'


'Wow, I think this would be the highlight of my day, followed by rescuing Ben, Angela, Fred, and Kim.'


'You found them! I am so happy.'


'You helped immensely, and I am sorry for the interrogations and everything.'


'You were only doing your job. How did you do it?'


'I used Francis, another popular kid in their school, as bait and caught the culprit before he got away.'

'Turns out it was the priest’s quiet son who never had friends over in high school because of his strict father and wanted to do so now that he was older with his own apartment.'


'Wow, that is sad.'


'I know, right? The son is in the station right now. We're hoping he gets all the help he needs since no one wants to press charges.'


'As for you, you are the town’s hero. I also hope it would be okay to ask you out on a date.'


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Of course.
Not for now.
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