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

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

  1. Felled in the line of duty so his family will be taken care of. Too bad the terrorists got away.

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  2. Inspector Viktors decided that once he was trapped he would go out as a martyr. Great story Neel!

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  3. michael1148humphris

    I hope that he took a few of them with him.

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    1. He is a brave man. Definitely mus have taken a few down with him. Thanks Michael


  4. Classic scene of trapping the cop. A cold ending with his final thought, but if he was going to die anyway… Nice one Neel.

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    1. Thanks lain.A hero’s death he died. The rewards are his just dues.

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  5. Let’s hope they find his body so his family will get the payment.

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  6. Lynn Love

    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


    1. Yes, i thought he knew he was doomed. Thanks Lynn for your appreciation.

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