Chapter Sixteen

XVI

May 25th, 2017

                Simon waited, nervously tapping, for the car to arrive. In his left hand, he held a full paper bag, in the other, he held a reinforced metal briefcase. After much thought, he’d decided on a black T-shirt, dark cargo pants, and black leather shoes. He also wore dark rimmed sunglasses under a black and orange cap. They’d picked a small, isolated road in the boonies for the exchange. Simon checked his digital watch, 7:12 PM. He’s two minutes late. Did I get the location wrong?

A moment later, a black Sedan with blacker windows turned left, onto the country road where Simon had parked. Simon’s pulse quickened, his tapping sped, as the car slowed to a stop in front of him. This is it. An older man in a navy-blue suit stepped out of the drivers-side door. Gracefully, he slipped around the front of the Sedan and opened the back-passenger seat door, motioning for Simon to get in. Eagerly, Simon walked forward, ducking to get into the Sedan. As Simon sat, securing his belongings on his lap, the driver closed the door.

A man sat to Simon’s right. He looked rough, with his long beard and black pin-striped suit. I may have underdressed. Without looking to Simon, the man asked “Do you have the cash?”

Simon handed the man his paper bag, saying “Yes. Seven hundred and fifty thousand dollars, all unmarked.” Simon felt a wave of anxiety as the man took the bag without responding. He quickly opened it and took out the money.  I suppose it’s natural for him to want to count it.

Two minutes later, the man put the money back in the bag, saying “Good.” He knocked the divider twice, and the Sedan started to move. The man opened his small briefcase, and stored the money inside. Looking to Simon, he continued “Your mark has been prepared, as per your request. Currently, he is sedated at a small farm we own in the area. I will, as we discussed, remain at the location with you to dispose of the corpse, once you are finished saying what you need to say, Mr. Sheffield.” Smiling he continued “Please don’t hesitate to let me know if something is out of order.”

Meeting his gaze, Simon responded “I’m sure I’ll find everything to be in order.” Simon turned away from the man. This is so casual to him. It’s like I’m buying a car, not a person. Unnerving. The pair rode in relative silence for another three minutes before the Sedan came to a smooth halt. Simon and the bearded man both got out of the car. Simon examined his surroundings. For miles, all Simon could see was meadow-like grass and weeds, flourishing in the warm summer sun. In front of the Sedan was a red barn. Behind the barn was a fence that stretched for at least three acres. A few large horses were running from one side to the other, as Simon walked towards the entrance of the barn.

The bearded man reached the barns two, large, sliding doors first. Looking back at Simon, he smiled enigmatically, before theatrically sliding the doors apart. Stepping back, he motioned Simon forward, not unlike a sales man emphatically revealing his product. Simons jaw tightened as he saw the limp form of Bud Clifton. The fires ignited Simons senses, all trepidation slowly being numbed by the blazes icy embrace. Simon walked into the barn, liquid rage distorting his vison as he saw Hadley’s cold, limp frame on their bathroom floor. This is the man who ruined my life.

Clifton was on a wooden chair, he had an IV connected to his right arm. Low dose anesthetic. Time to wake him up. The entire floor of the barn was covered in two layers of material. The bottom was an opaque white, the top was a clear, thin, plastic. Simon moved to the small, wooden table to left of Clifton’s IV stand. Clifton was a short man with a muscular build. He looked to be in his late twenties and had a handsome face. He can’t be older than me. He looked older on the news.

A deep voice rumbled “He’s the one, his age is irrelevant. He must be made to pay.” You’re right. I can’t falter, I’ll do this for Hadley, for Adam. Simon set his reinforced metal briefcase on the wooden sill, unclicking each latch before opening it. A shiver of dark anticipation chilled Simons back, fraying his sense of self. He moved to where Clifton’s IV stand and cut the flow of the sedative. Just a few minutes now. A chorus of voices whispered sub-audibly, they felt encouraging. The briefcase contained several chemicals, neurotoxins, nerve agents, and laxatives.

Smiling, Simon grabbed both laxatives and placed them beside the briefcase. The vials were labeled  and .  Next, he grabbed a mid-volume syringe with an oversized needle. Simon opened each tube of laxative, then drew half of  into the syringe. This particular laxative affected the large intestines reabsorption of water. This dosage would be comparable to taking six medically effective doses of your common MiraLAX. Carefully angling the syringes needle into the air, Simon compressed the laxative a tad, too much of  could kill a person, so it was important to get the dosage right. Simon drew approximately four milliliters of  before compressing the rest of the needles volume and checking for air.  was a bulk-forming laxative that ensure Clifton’s discomfort would be maximal. By combining the two laxatives, Clifton would almost immediately empty his entire bowel, solidly, and be forced to sit in his own filth. Additionally, it would cause him to vomit due to extreme intestinal spasms from the excessive dose. Simon would make sure he stayed hydrated enough to keep the pain rolling, of course.

As Clifton began to stir, syringe in hand, Simon went to loosen his restraints. Not enough so he could easily escape or wreck his IV, but enough to struggle. The bearded man called out “What are you doin?”

Annoyed, Simon shouted over his shoulder “Remember when you told me to tell if you if anything was out of order? Please stop commenting.” The bearded man didn’t respond as Simon pulled Clifton’s shirt over his head. Simon palpated Clifton’s abdomen, feeling for the duodenum of the small intestine. Cruelly, Simon forced the large needle into Clifton’s skin until he felt the intestine puncture. Simon released the solution as Clifton started to stir, groaning in discomfort. As Simon removed the syringe, careful not to damage Clifton’s intestine further, Clifton began to shout in pain and confusion.

Smiling, unkindly, Simon pulled Clifton’s shirt down before taking three slow steps backwards, observing his prey. Clifton looked at Simon, eyes wide, and half screamed “Where the fuck am I? Who are you, what have you done to my stomach?” Simon felt a rush of euphoria, reveling in his own perversion. “Ugh, my stomach, what is that feeling?”

“Well, that’s a lot of questions, Clifton, how about you answer some of my questions first though. Then we can consider yours, I think that’s fair.” Simon responded, flatly, eyes dead, and lips snarling.

Desperately, Clifton said “I’ll answer anything you want me to answer, man, I don’t know anything though.” Clifton suddenly screamed in pain “My stomach, help me!”

“You do, actually.” Clifton blushed as he released a large amount of gas, violently soiling himself. “Does the name Adam Sheffield ring a bell?” Clifton’s face froze, suddenly stoic.

Jaw tightening, he responded “Yeah, he’s the kid that lady buckled into the car seat wrong.” How dare you.

Simon spit on Clifton, shouting “You ran the red! Your blood alcohol content was point two-six percent!” Clifton shouted in agony as another stool passed. “You killed my son, Clifton. You can’t even take responsibility for that. My wife slit her wrists because of what you did!”

Shaking in fear, Clifton stuttered “So…wh..what are you going to d..do to me?”

Scowling, Simon answered “I’m going to teach you how resilient the human body is to death.” As Clifton started screaming at the bearded man for help, help that would never come, Simon moved to his briefcase, removing a small vial of an augmented muscular neurotoxin he’d labeled . Simon set the  on the table before removing his smallest syringe, that had a child’s needle attached. He drew exactly point three milliliters of the  into the syringe before compressing the syringes remaining volume. Clifton had quieted considerably after the first thirty seconds of screaming for help. He hung his head in a mixture of defeat and exhaustion as Simon approached.

Pleading, Clifton said “I’m sorry man, I fucked up, I shouldn’t have been driving. I never meant to hurt anyone, I had a problem.” He suddenly looked up to Simon “It was my friends twenty-first and we were showing him a good time, you gotta believe me, I never meant to hurt you or your family.” His eyes were streaming tears.

Simon’s mouth curled into a disgusted grimace, as he spat “Now if only you’d told the court that, you wouldn’t be here, would you.” Simon walked around the right side of Clifton’s chair, syringe in hand.

“What are you doing, please man don’t hurt me!” Clifton shouted, struggling against his restraints.

Chuckling, Simon said “If you keep struggling like that, Clifton, you’re going to hurt yourself more.” Simon grabbed Clifton’s under-chin, forcing his head backwards, and brought the syringe to Clifton’s left eye. Clifton, understanding stopped his wild movements, and screamed as the needle entered his iris. Unapologetically, Simon injected the neurotoxin, before removing the needle. Simon walked back around the chair, to get a better look as Clifton’s eye started to dart in random directions, his left remaining still. Clifton was still screaming, his voice breaking, as he started to lose his voice. Now he understands what he’s done. A thin stream of blood started to trickle from Clifton’s spasmodic eye.

Four minutes later, Clifton’s eye had slowed its seizure-like spasms. His screams had dwindled to scratchy gurgles, his voice near death. Shivering, he looked to Simon and said “Please, just kill me now.” His right eye was looking, pleading into Simon’s eyes, while his left eye had rolled down, ceasing any coordinated movement.

Vindictively grinning, Simon responded “But, we’ve only just started. And to be honest, I paid good money for our appointment here today. You still have to experience at least two deaths to make up for what you’ve done.”

“You’re fucked!” Clifton screeched, mournfully.

 

Next Chapter: https://bluebeard-art.com/chapter-seventeen/

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