She was thoroughly enjoying her stroll when a man lying prone on the roadside caught her attention. Fearing the worst, she turned the limp figure over. Her heart leapt a mile when she saw the man’s face, she was shocked to find the body, this was the least likely place for the body to be in. She checked for the pulse and felt the heartbeat of a man struggling to breathe. She was petrified and couldn’t think of anything, that’s when she thought of a change in the plan. She searched her pockets for her phone and dialed 911 as fast she could with her trembling fingers.
“Hi, I am at the Northcross street and found an unconscious man there, can we please get the man medical aid” she said with an urgency in her voice.
” Yes, ma’am, the help will be on its way” said the voice on the other end.
As she waited for the medical aid, a wave of emotions engulfed her, drowning her in an ocean of memories. She wondered why the body was found at that particular spot. It was mysterious, to see the ex-cop, the ex-boyfriend lying there helplessly.
Just then she heard the sound of a police car, they were quick with their reaction, followed by it was an ambulance. A cop came out of the police car and two men from the ambulance, they put Steve’s body on a stretcher and the ambulance drove away. Leaving her and the cop behind. The cop was examining the spot where the body was found. She stood there, not sure if she could leave.
After he found nothing the cop turned to her and questioned “So missy, how did you find that body here?” The cop was a burly man, seemed around 6 feet tall.
“I was just taking a walk and stumbled on the body” she said, her voice still shaking with shock.
“Convincing enough, have you seen this man here before? Does he live in this neighborhood?”
“No, he doesn’t live here and that man happens to be my ex-boyfriend his name is Steve, we broke up three months back” she said, her voice choking.
“You stumbled upon your ex’s body in your neighborhood? You might be in trouble lady” said the cop. His name plate read Austin Rogers.
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“He was an ex-cop, fired from the police department for being involved in the Marijuana smuggling scandal. That’s when I broke up with him.”
“Oh, so that is” The Steve” , this sounds fishy, I am sorry but you have to come with me for some investigation.”
She followed him in the car, it wasn’t her first time in a police car, but this time it was different from all the previous times.
To her surprise they drove into a hospital, instead of the police headquarters. There was a cop, younger than Austin waiting for them.
“Sir, they have taken him inside the ICU, he was strangled, no signs of struggle. His pockets were empty, absolutely no prove of identity or any other clue.”
“The man has been identified, Marvin, he is Steve, the fired cop, from the Marijuana smuggling case” said Austin.
“Really, is that him? Unbelievable. Sir, I believe, Creeks, the chief of the gang might be involved in this attack.”
“And he was definitely not attacked on the spot where his body was found, there were no signs there”
“Yes sir, the physician said, they will take sometime to give us details on his condition” said Marvin.
“Okay, we will wait for a word from them, right now you go and question Creeks, that man can be upto anything even when in the lock-up. Also take along this young lady, she found the body and is Steve’s ex-girlfriend” Austin ordered.
She and Marvin drove to the Police headquarters, Steve often talked about that place.
Marvin asked her to sit in an interrogation room, which was devoid of any furniture except a chair. He pitied the poor innocent looking lady, she was unlucky to find her ex’s body in her neighborhood. It was tragic to deal with such a situation, he felt. She was not allowed to leave the headquarters until proven clear of all charges. He asked one of the junior cops to keep a check on her and himself went to Creeks cell to question him.
“Creeks, Steve was attacked today, we suspect you might have something to do with this” Marvin said.
“Loser, did he die? Hope he did, he is the reason I’m here, hadn’t that freak girlfriend of his heard that conversation between us, both of us would have been doing great now.”
“I just asked, do you know anything about the attack?”
Marvin’s phone rang, it was Austin, he asked him to leave Creeks and interrogate him later.
A shocked and unsure Marvin left the criminal’s cell. He called up Austin, looking for the next instruction. Austin asked him to rush to the hospital, Steve had regained consciousness, the physician said the police could take a statement from him in sometime.
Marvin, was angry, he was sure that Creeks was responsible for the attack and felt it foolish on Austin’s part to interrogate Creeks later. How could a man injured so gravely be trusted to give a statement. He thought Austin needed to understand that. With these angry thoughts, he drove into the hospital. He parked the car and whistling coolly, entered the hospital. When he reached the reception, he heard Austin.
“Marvin, its Stella, the woman, Marvin, its her, where is she?”
“What are you talking about Austin, what woman?”
“His girlfriend, I mean his ex, its her who attacked him and then got one of her guy friends to dispose his body. Where is she?”
“At the headquarters, John is taking care of her” said an utterly surprised Marvin.
Marvin drove at 100 miles/hour, he had never driven so fast. It was bugging Austin was screaming at him to drive faster.They rushed to the interrogation room where Stella was. John was looking at his cell phone and grinning stupidly.
“John, open the door, we need to talk to the woman.”
“Sir, she just went to the restroom” said an unaware John.
“You fool, how long has she been in there? Marvin go check” said an angry Austin.
Marvin followed the instructions and without any second thoughts entered the lady’s restroom only to find the ventilator open and a rope dangling there.
She was gone.