Fate & Fleeing
I stood there bleeding, bruised, and not completely satisfied as Grace stood at the door. Robert’s lifeless corpse was still tied to the chair as Gwen struggled to get free behind me.
“You don’t know how much I wanted to do it,” Grace said. “I’m not sure why I couldn’t, but I know someday I will. Someday I’ll get you, and Gwen, and everyone else that ever wronged me.”
“I just want to be there when you get what you deserve,” I said a single tear escaping down my cheek.
“If everything goes the way I want it to, you will be,” Gwen said before she turned and bolted up the stairs.
“Let me go!” Gwen screamed, “I’ll kill her!”
I turned slowly to Gwen and bent close to her face, “Just let her go, Gwen. She’ll come back when she’s ready.”
“No, she needs to die. Everything she’s done, everything she will do, you haven’t seen it, Henry. She’s going to burn it all. The entire world will suffer because of her.”
“But I love her, Gwen.”
“Don’t you love me, too?”
I nodded, “More than you’ll ever know.”
As soon as I heard the car start, I reached down and cut the rope tethering her to the chair. Gwen was out of the chair and up the stairs before I could even straighten up.
I looked at Robert’s body again, his last cries for mercy still ringing in my ears.
The world will suffer, but it’s been long overdue for a healthy dose of suffering, I thought.