Count Me In - Following "A Different Type of Torture"
Chambers glared for a moment then said, "Count me in." A burned cadaver and a window jumper with no witnesses, not much to go on.
Laura thought, the window jumper, a crack head or maybe a tormented lover? They combed 1636B for clues. Luck found a set of wedding rings in the bedroom, engraved, "Jasmine with love 8 -15 -14". She sent Nathan to City Hall to look for wedding licenses with the name Jasmine. The wedding ring turned out to be their witness.
Nathan called an hour later. "Jasmine Torres married Homer Quinones on August 15th." He found out where Jasmine lived before the wedding. Laura and Nathan went to visit Mrs. Torres. When they knocked on the door they heard a commotion but when Mrs. Torres opened the door she was the only one there. "I am Detective Laura Kimber and this is Nathan Chambers." When they entered they thought they saw the curtain to the balcony moving. While Laura spoke with Mrs. Torres, Nathan slowly moved to the balcony. As he opened the balcony curtains a young woman jumped.
There is no greater glory than love, nor any greater punishment than jealousy.— Lope de Vega
Sally and Jasmine had been lovers. When Jasmine married Homer, Sally vowed revenge. She surprised Homer, tying him up and wrapping him in the plastic tarp. She'd set other fires, the one that killed her stepfather and one for the neighborhood pimp. She enjoyed watching them burn, paying for what they did to her. She did not, however, expect Jasmine's reaction when she saw her lover dead. She couldn't stop Jasmine's plunge from the window anymore than could she stop her own.
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This short story is an answer to the challenge of Frank Atanacio. It is my ending of his story, "A Different Type of Torture". I hope Frank doesn't mind me changing the sex of the arsonist.
Writing in 300 words or less was quite a task, one I wasn't sure I could accomplish.