Package of Pain
Mike Thornstein sat in his truck in front of his own house as a light drizzle coated the windshield. The package was there again, even though it wasn’t supposed to be. He had been promised by everyone that it was all over. The investigation was supposed to have ended months ago. He had been cleared, publicly exonerated, but nothing changed.
It sat there wrapped in plain brown paper on his stoop. When they first started showing up every Friday like clockwork, his colleagues had searched for the sender. Each one had been mailed from a mailbox in Fort Worth. Television had “Walker,” but all Mike had were bureaucratic bosses who decided the packages weren’t a threat. When the sender wasn’t identified after a few weeks, manpower and resources were delegated elsewhere. Mike was still on suspension while awaiting assignment, albeit very unofficially, and the packages were still coming. Something had to be done to end it.
The windshield wipers slapped across clearing the glass. Visible again, the package sat there waiting for him. He turned the engine off and listened to it tick as it cooled. The glass slowly misted over as the drizzle continued. The package dissolved from view into globs of water on the glass. Sitting there, watching the mist fall, wasn’t going to solve the problem.
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