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Darkness, Darkness

by Peter DiChellis

About the Author: Peter DiChellis concocts sinister tales for anthologies, ezines, and magazines. He is a member of the Short Mystery Fiction Society and an Active (published author) member of the Mystery Writers of America, Private Eye Writers of America, and International Thriller Writers. For more, visit his site Murder and Fries at


The determined shooter emerged from the night shadows and squeezed the trigger three times. The dying victim’s blood flowed into murky rainwater running down the sidewalk. A man waiting on a lonesome bus stop bench gasped, but remained hidden by the bus stop’s weather shelter. Alerted, the killer entered the unlit shelter. While the man sat in silence, the killer leaned in close to him and looked deep into his eyes. And then left him in darkness.

Detective Lissetta Muldoon and her young partner Detective Benito Dalpaz arrived to find blazing floodlights, yellow crime scene tape, four patrol officers, three crime scene analysts, and a medical examiner kneeling over the dead body.

“I understand we’ve got an eyewitness,” Muldoon said to the patrol supervisor.

“Not exactly.”


“We’ve got a witness, not an eyewitness. A blind man.”

Muldoon considered this. “Helpful?” she asked.

“Maybe too helpful,” the patrol supervisor said.

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