Shoot ’em Dead

“Dammit, Ramirez! I want your badge, and your gun, on my desk: now!”
“Chief, listen-”
“No, you listen, Ramirez, I can’t have you running around like a god damn vigilante! Not on my watch, not on my force! I don’t know how they did things back where you came from, but here, we do things by the book!”
“I don’t read,” Ramirez said coldly, before walking out of the Chief’s office.
“Ramirez! Ramirez!” the Chief yelled after him, but to no avail.

I’d been making unauthorized busts. The Chief didn’t like it too much, but I didn’t let his bellyachin’ get to me, I was too close to care about a few stepped-on tails. Too close to finally busting Vidrio. These creeps I’d been catching were part of his battery of ghouls, and when you disconnect these types from their batteries, they lose power. I’ve been following him for years, and he’s finally slipped up, set up shop and made a new home for himself here. Juarez Vidrio, a high powered repeater that I’ve only seen in person once, when he killed my partner. There ain’t nothin’ on him in any of the books, and he’s gunna be all mine.

My contact said the info was located at a local strip joint. I take the Cruiser, roll up with no sirens. I enter the club, and it’s packed, a lot of spirit here. They respect the badge, though, and as long as I don’t cause any trouble, they leave me alone. I head straight for the back, to the performers. I don’t make it too far, not allowed in the back, especially how I look, it’d freak out the girls, she says; damn that banshee, the “manager”. No matter, I asked her about the girl I was looking for, and, as fate would have it, she was about on stage now. I head back out to the floor, and is she ever a vision; a lot of soul in how she moves. I signal her to come talk to me once she’s done her little apparition. I know the next girl on stage, seen her around, a real bloodsucker, I feel sorry for any guy that falls for this beauty of a vampire – doesn’t matter: not my jurisdiction. The other girl finally comes to talk, said her name was Etheria, I told her that I already knew, and needed some information on Vidrio. I could tell she knew much more than she wanted to say by the way her entire appearance faded; I could see right through her.

In no time at all, I had my answers. I can be very persuasive with the other side when I want to be. She told me exactly where his new haunt was. I go back to the station, drop off the Cruiser. I’m taking my civilian car for this. Finally, I’ll have my revenge, I’m not gunna call this one in; this will be my bust and my bust alone.

2 Responses to “Shoot ’em Dead”

  1. Awww so cool! I loved how you incorporated the ghostly text!


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