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Darkness

“I think rookies with two first names shouldn’t tell me how to do my job,” Detective Morgan Liu, said, rolling her eyes. It was true she had been completely stressed since her former partner Jose Casilla, took two bullets in the course of a gang shooting. He was still hospitalized, in a coma. Meanwhile, she was stuck with Detective David Benjamin, sitting in a 1984 Cadillac. Undercover duty was the worst. “I can’t believe you brought donuts to a stakeout,” Morgan said.

“Hey, it’s a classic, timeless art form.”

“It’s a stupid cliché. And it’s probably why people call us pigs.”

“Last week you told me if I didn’t put on a couple pounds, I’d break when I had my first resisting arrest.” David was a wiry man, something he claimed was due to low pay and student loans. He ran his fingers through his blond hair to push his bangs back from his forehead, giving Morgan a smug grin. “Besides, the extra sugar helps me focus on the assignment.”

This particular assignment had her parked across from a rickety old apartment building, watching for an expected drug deal. Some idiot on the fourth floor was cooking up a storm, turning his apartment into a meth lab—or so an anonymous tipster had told her. The chief wanted her to investigate this in conjunction with some mysterious disappearances, coupled with an odd amount of people plummeting from rooftops, in what the coroner said didn’t appear to be suicides.

The area darkened, strange for a typical Los Angeles summer day. Morgan glanced out the window, but couldn’t see anything of note. Had a cloud just passed above?

Her movement caught the attention of a third officer, Jacob Lewis, who stood outside the apartment complex. He walked with the casual purposefulness of a native to the neighborhood. His eyes didn’t linger on her for long. He had his hands in the pockets of his hooded sweatshirt, which fell over baggy jeans.

“Odd,” Morgan said.

“What?” David asked.

“Nothing. A cloud must have gone over us. Darkened everything for a second and spooked me.”

David twisted his head toward the sky, looking up through the windshield. “I don’t see any clouds. Maybe you got some of that P.T.S.D. or whatnot. Should you be back if you’re all jumpy like this?”

“Drop it,” Morgan said.

Ignoring his all-too-apt comment, she popped open her laptop and set it on the center armrest. The laptop was equipped with recording software, and with a click of a button, a microphone concealed on Jacob’s person began broadcasting.

“He so looks like a narc,” David said.

“No, he doesn’t. He’s fine. Chief chose him for the job because he’s damn good at acting,” Morgan said. Her black hair felt loose in its tie, so she pulled her hair back into a fresh ponytail.

David nearly coughed out another mouthful of donut from laughing. “Seriously, Liu? Everyone knows chief chose him ‘cause he’s black. More likely to pass as a drug suspect.”

“You shouldn’t make comments like that while on duty, David.” Morgan shook her head with annoyance as she watched. “Now shut up so I can listen to his wire. As soon as we hear about a drug transaction, we have cause to arrest this idiot.”

The laptop broadcasted Jacob’s wire.

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Mile High Murder

The Italian died first, with a fist to the throat.

His killer had spun him around, then jammed the blade of his hand under his nose. It forced the Italian’s head back, exposing the throat. Three punches later and he was shoved back into the airplane’s toilet to enjoy his crushed windpipe. He eventually suffocated.

The killer closed the door and looked to either side of him. No one had seen him, or even paid attention to him. Bystanders would have only seen his arms disappearing into the bathroom for a moment before he closed the door.

Thankfully, he only had two more people on his target list: The Spaniard and the Indian. He moved forward casually, walking through the plane’s cabin as though he belonged there.

The Indian was easy to locate. He was already in the aisle, coming out of the middle toilet.

The killer smiled, and murmured, “Figures.”

The killer jogged forward a little to catch up to his target. From what he remembered of the plane’s layout, he would just be able to catch up to the Indian by the time he reached the curtains that marked the mid-plane galley, and just out of sight of anyone seated in coach or business class. As for anyone in the galley, he would deal with them when he caught up.

The killer grabbed the Indian on both sides of the head, judo-threw him into the galley – the body followed the natural center of balance. The killer threw himself after the Indian, landing on him like a lion overcoming a gazelle.

The Indian landed heavy, and the killer’s knee was in his back so fast, he didn’t even have a chance. The Indian’s neck was thin, and it made a sound like a snapping twig when the killer grabbed and pulled.

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