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Ashes to Ashes

Guilt & Grace, Telltale crimson trail, part 9 prediction, and this will be my final prediction.

By Kageno HoshinoPublished 2 months ago 2 min read
Top Story - March 2024
Ashes to Ashes
Photo by K. Mitch Hodge on Unsplash

The Captain’s “medical leave” was suspicious with a feel of relief and suspicion. John’s gratitude rush was a well-deserved break from the suffocating case and an opportunity for him to clear his head. However, he still felt some lingering doubts inside of him. Was this actually about his welfare or just a smart way of keeping him at arm’s length as they carried on with their investigations?

When he walked out into the sun, it seemed to be something strange that touched his skin. Then there were two weeks ahead of him. In those two weeks he would have to confront the ghosts that haunt him: all-too-real accidents that took away his wife, brutal murder of his coreligionist brother, and now increasing uncertainty regarding himself. He stroll aimlessly through familiar streets which echoed emptiness so deep.

Reaching a deserted park, John dropped onto a crumbling bench; its cold metal pierced through his flimsy jacket. Searching through his pockets, he found a crumpled cigarette box which somehow felt like a betrayal. He pressed it against the bench in vain trying to extinguish his burning questions.

All of a sudden he heard a voice which was familiar to him. “You look terrible John.” She stood beside him, her sharp eyes sweeping over his untidy appearance. He looked the other way, refusing to meet her eye.

“What do you want from me Stevie?”

“To talk”, she said in a firm voice. “Always trust me John.”

He paused, and words that the Captain had told him returned: "You better go. You know what he’s like." Is this another test? But if truth be told, there was a need for someone who could listen to his confessions. It was as though he sighed, with the weight of the secret threatening to strangle him.

“Okay Stevie,” he said hoarsely. “Speak.”

The sun set below the horizon throwing long dark shadows as John poured out emotions that had been tearing up inside him. He narrated about his sorrow, guilt and desperate act committed at the crime scene on how he planted cocaine on an innocent victim wanting them to believe it was his rival gang thus reducing pressure in their own neighborhood

Stevie listened carefully; a complex array of emotions played on her face when he stopped talking after a suspense filled silence followed suit; however, Stevie spoke surprisingly gently.

"John, I am aware that you acted wrongly," she said. "However, deep inside you remain a good person, who has lost his way. John, you require assistance and it is time to tell the truth."

Her utterances were like a candle in pitch darkness. There could still be a chance for survival or redemption if only… possibly…. John glanced at Stevie; there was a little flicker of hope in his eyes.

“Stevie! Stevie! he muttered. “Please help me.”


About the Creator

Kageno Hoshino

Mistakes are not shackles that halt one from stepping forward. Rather, they are that which sustain and grow one's heart.

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  • Deiva Rajabout a month ago

    Congrats 🎉🎉🎉🎉

  • Anna about a month ago

    Congrats on Top Story!🥳🥳🥳

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  • John Charles Harmanabout a month ago

    Interesting. I think you would like my stories.

  • Idogho Oghaleabout a month ago

    Your story about John's struggles and the unexpected encounter with Stevie is captivating. It beautifully portrays the complexities of guilt, confession, and the search for redemption. Well done!

  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarranabout a month ago

    Back to say congratulations on your Top Story! 🎉💖🎊🎉💖🎊

  • Kodahabout a month ago

    💓 Congrats on top story!! Love your story! 💓

  • Kageno Hoshino (Author)about a month ago The link above is what got me inspired to write this story.

  • Syeda Ayesha Arshadabout a month ago

    Congratulations on top story! Can you give me tips as well how to get my stories on top. I'd be pleased if you read one of my stories and tell me critical reviews.

  • Raymond G. Taylorabout a month ago

    Wonderful! Congratulations and well done on your top story

  • Carol Townendabout a month ago

    Fantastic story, and very well written.

  • Melissa Ingoldsbyabout a month ago

    Reminds me of The Somnambulist 👏🥰 well written descriptions

  • Raymond G. Taylorabout a month ago

    Really captivating and thoughtful episode. This story is developing into a fascinating alternative to the other threads. Well done! I will post episode 9 soon. There will probably be an episode 10 and possibly 11, depending on what our characters get up to in the meantime :)

  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarranabout a month ago

    Oh wow, can't believe that John came clean to Stevie! I wonder what help he wants from her.

  • The original episode 8 had me thinking a lot, I was thinking about the story in my math class at university 💀

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