Chapter 7

Written by: Sumanda Maritz

Janie and Clara followed Jonas as he entered the living room.

“What the hell are you doing here?!” He exploded when he saw Marcus sitting on the easy chair.

“What do you think? I’m here so we can talk this out.” Marcus soothed while keeping an eye on his brother’s movements. He wouldn’t put it past his brother to take a swing at him.

“You kill the woman that took care of us and expect me to just talk about it?” Jonas asked with disbelief.

“Jo, you know what I do. It was just a job. So what if she took us in years ago?” He kept his own reasons for wanting her dead out of the conversation. Neither he nor Jonas was ever going to agree about those early years.

“You killed my deal as well, you stupid idiot!” Jonas seemed to swell up as the anger took hold of him. “How the hell am I supposed to sell the con now?”

“Calm down Jonas,” Janie said “we’ve still got to get rid of the body tonight.”

“What do you mean?” Marcus said. “Aren’t the cops on this?”

“You’re lucky Benjamin wasn’t in the kitchen when you shot her. I managed to replace her with the masc-bot before he ran in. You’re up for property damage.” Jonas seemed to deflate as the anger left him.

“You mean Mother Marie is really dead?” Clara asked with a white face. “She’s not at that doctor friend of yours?”

“Honey, I’m sorry, but she was hit in the heart. There was no way that she could have survived that.” Janie tried to calm the shocked girl.

“So I did kill her! If the masc-bot had worked, he would have just shot the ‘bot!” Clara was working herself into an hysterical fit.

“Actually no, Clara, I was going to kill that woman. Believe me I wouldn’t get confused by a robot. Anyway she deserved it.” Marcus tried to talk her down.

“It’s not your fault the masc-bot was malfunctioning again.” Janie tried to soothe her while throwing Marcus a dirty look.

“But it is! I took the crystal core.” She cried into Janie’s shoulder.

“Where’s the core now, Clara?” Jonas asked her.

“Probably at Melissa’s by now. I gave it to Sheriff McLeish.”

“Do you know why she wanted it?” Marcus asked.

“She’s got a new ‘bot she wants to use it on.” Clara whispered.

“I’m taking her to lie down,” Janie declared.

As they left the room Marcus said to Jonas. “Her sister’s got a mean streak. She tried to kill me half an hour ago. Just as well I made my own contingency plans, but Frank’s going to be pissed about that new autodrive car of his.”

“Who’s the client?” Jonas began grilling Marcus.

“I don’t think you’re going to believe me.” Marcus began, “Chief of Police Stanton forked out half a mil to see her dead. Thing is, I can’t figure out why.”


Sumanda Maritz (SA)


Cool!  I was hoping that someone would save him. And now we know how Clara got the crystal core! Things just keep getting deeper and deeper. Good luck, authors 8, 9 and 10!
Amazing! I couldn't stop laughing. I'd look for issues, but my eyes are full of tears and my cheeks hurt. Very nice twists.
Thanks!  You gave me nightmares from the moment I read your chapter knowing I had to follow up on that :)
What a great follow on. Imagination and humor is a fantastic mix. Well written Sumanda. More please.