JUST REWARDS   (170 words)

By Neel Anil Panicker

It was when he peered through the half slit leaves that he saw it: a battered mud spattered dusty violet apology of a car sans doors, sans glasses, shamelessly top naked, its contours crisscrossed and ripped of all paint, looking not unlike a once ravishing, nautch girl now battling the ravages of time.

Inspector Vikram knew he had been trapped.

Instead of the body all he found was a rundown getaway vehicle.

The barrel chested handcuffed young man beside him whistled.

Almost instantly, five machine gun toting young men reared up.

He knew them all, a few by face, rest by their deeds__mass murders, interstate kidnappings, blowing up military installations.

Harderned terrorists they were with crime dossiers longer than the Nile.

Inspector Vikram, battling chronic kidney failure, and a month shy of his retirement, pulled out his revolver.

He needn’t have bothered.

A volley of gun shots felled him.

As his last breaths eased out, he smiled: his family would now live in peace, thanks to the five crore Martyr’s Compensation.

©neelanilpanicker2017 # fiction # shortstory # FFfAW

This week’s photo prompt is provided by Tim Livingston with the blog, The ForesterArtist. Thank you Tim for our photo prompt this week!

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10 thoughts on “neelwrites/fiction/shortstory/FFfAW/170words/14/03/2017

  1. Lynn Love says:

    A sort of happy ending – I wonder if he knew exactly what he was walking into. I suspect he did. Nicely told, Neel – especially enjoyed the descriptions in the opening paragraph


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