Tuesday, February 06, 2007
New Beginning 209
Wiley decided against pulling the knife out of his stomach. Best left to the ER surgeon. It hurt, but wasn't bleeding bad. Missed the liver. Getting to the ER in time might be a problem. His first shot missed, and the bullet hit the elevator controls sticking the damn thing between floors. His second shot killed his assailant, but now Tony "The Whale" Colivito's substantial bulk lay across his legs. Not that wiggling free would do any good anyway. Might even cause the blade in his belly to cut something important. Still, being able to stand would get him a little ways away from The Whale. Tony's soul wasn't the only thing that left his body when he died. The stench brought tears to his eyes.
Wiley winced as the elevator jerked into motion. Then he smiled. At least he had an excuse to miss his daughter's first violin recital.
The elevator slowed to a stop at the ground floor and the doors slid open. Someone screamed and the families gathered in the lobby of the Elviston Heights Comfort Inn all turned to look at the carnage. The small crowd gasped as one and took a step back as Tony’s last “breath” escaped its confines; but as the stench dissipated, a ripple of applause broke out. Wiley smiled faintly. “Could use a little help here,” he said.
The Elviston Junior High Father-Daughter Talent Contest was always a brutal affair, and maybe Vince Wiley’s piano playing wasn’t all that hot, but hey, they didn’t call Tony Colivito "The Whale" because of his weight. No one had been looking forward to Mister and Marietta Colivito wailing their way through "That’s Amore" yet again.
Opening: Inkmandoo.....Continuation: ril