Fiction logo

The Encore (Part 2)

Telltale Crimson Trail

By Scott ChristensonPublished 2 months ago 1 min read
The Encore (Part 2)
Photo by Denisse Leon on Unsplash

Tony. I’m sure that’s not his name, but it matches his looks. Who knew Italian-American gangsters still existed? Not me, until last year.

“With that baseball cap, you look like an undercover cop”, he says.

“Maybe that’s because I am police.”

“Ha! So is my cousin,” he says, laughing. His lightheartedness makes committing felonies feel easier.

“Mexicans.” I wink. “They keep dropping these when they are arrested.” I pass him the bag of coke.

He studies it. I didn’t spot anything unusual. Hopefully the bag isn’t marked. If the guy I whacked is his outfit, I’ll be in my own bag in the Charles River. Floaters come to the surface every month.

All our exchanges are done in the hotel, casino security cameras protect both of us. At least that’s the idea.

“One of our guys had an accident up in Andover, you know anything about that?”

“Andover, never been.”

“Everyone’s been to Andover,” he says. “Except you.” He explodes in a belly laugh of the depth and volume only a chain smoker can produce.

My thoughts go to my marked police cruiser parked a few blocks away. It might take an hour to get back to it. I will take a long walk around the neighborhood, after I place a few large wagers downstairs.

The seaport reminds me of Angela, we had good times here back in the day.


About the Creator

Scott Christenson

Born and raised in Milwaukee WI, living in Hong Kong. Hoping to share some of my experiences w short story & non-fiction writing. Have a few shortlisted on Reedsy:

Reader insights

Be the first to share your insights about this piece.

How does it work?

Add your insights

Comments (6)

Sign in to comment
  • Raymond G. Taylor2 months ago

    Glad to see you have got it though the queue and another intriguing episode. I am assuming any unkind remarks about Italian-Americans and Mexicans reflect the prejudices of the character and consistent with keeping in character. In which case the plot indeed thickens and is very interesting and I hope to see more. Many thanks for participating.

  • Angela? Now who's Angela? Wait is it his dead wife? Loved this chapter!

  • Kodah2 months ago

    Interesting microfiction, Scott! 💖Keep up the great work!! 💖

  • Somehow this one was stuck in the submissions queue for 2 days, while the crowd-sourced Crimson Trail story has been steadily marching ahead! All crime novels should be crowdsourced to keep us guessing where they are going haha

  • Interesting... the plot thickens!

  • Kageno Hoshino2 months ago

    Greatly written

Find us on social media

Miscellaneous links

  • Explore
  • Contact
  • Privacy Policy
  • Terms of Use
  • Support

© 2024 Creatd, Inc. All Rights Reserved.