The Reprisal – Epilogue

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Sarah sat at the side of the grave surrounded by hundreds of mourners. She didn’t know most of them, but it didn’t matter. The ones she knew were the most important. Jonas and Mabel sat beside her. Jonas looked so handsome. She couldn’t help but think how much he looked like Ethan. Kat stood on the opposite side of the grave in her dress uniform. Sarah thought how weird it was that she had never seen Kat in a uniform before. Nora stood beside Kat looking as beautiful as ever. Patricia was there too. Sarah never liked Patricia much. Didn’t really trust her. But there was no doubt that Patricia had helped out tremendously with the foundation.

Standing next to Patricia was a young woman who Sarah didn’t know. She was stunning in a black miniskirt and heels. Who was she? Was she the girl giving Ethan information about Willie Brown? Sarah didn’t know but knew that she didn’t like how the woman was reacting to Ethan’s death. She looked like she had cried away her life. Whoever she was Sarah couldn’t take her eyes off of her.

The pallbearers placed Ethan’s casket on the belts over the grave. Once they moved the workers began to lower him into the ground next to Madeline. Sarah remembered how they had fought about moving Maddy’s grave. She didn’t want to disturb her, but Ethan insisted that Maddy would move with them. Sarah was happy for that decision now.

As the pastor began to speak Jonas put his arm around his mother’s shoulders. Honestly, she couldn’t hear the eulogy very well. The news helicopters overhead made a lot of noise.Helicopter

She hoped to have a ceremony without their interruption, but that proved impossible. That happens in a situation like this.

Sarah woke up to find herself in bed alone. She and Ethan had spent a wonderful night together. They made love on the table and fell asleep in each other’s arms. She went to sleep knowing everything was going to be fine.

Sarah knew where Ethan had gone, so she went to his office to bring him back to bed. But he wasn’t there. After going in every room Sarah went to the deck and noticed his car gone. After hours of waiting she began to worry and called Kat.

“Ethan’s gone. I don’t know where he is.”

“Holy crap. I’ll find him.”

Kat called back with bad news. She couldn’t find him. She checked with Patricia and even went to the Crossroads. Ethan was nowhere to be found. Kat put out an all points bulletin, and all police forces in the state were looking for him. Unfortunately, forces outside the state were needed.

Ethan’s car was found one the road to the woods where Maddy’s body was found. He hadn’t shot himself or taken drugs. According to the final report Ethan had set his car on fire and sat in it while it burned. They found his charred body not far from where a smaller one had been found years before.

The media and the public immediately concluded that Ethan’s suicide proved his guilt in the Crossroads Massacre. There was a debate if one man could do all of that, but if one could it had to be Ethan. Never mind that he was found handcuffed to a chair. Kat concluded her investigation by saying that the findings were inconclusive, but Sarah felt that Kat thought he was guilty too. She just couldn’t officially say that her friend was guilty.

Despite the cloud hanging over Ethan’s reputation the police department pulled out all the stops for their most famous detective. An honor guard supplied a twenty-one gun salute. Sarah thought it would be more appropriate if it was a twenty-seven gun salute. Ethan’s badge was placed on top of his casket, and every officer walked by individually for one final salute. It was a funeral fit for a hero, and Sarah knew that despite all of the controversy Ethan was a hero.

When Jonas and Mabel finally went home Sarah sat in the house alone. It was so quiet. She looked at the table where they last made love. She looked at the bed where they would sleep in each other’s arms. She looked at the deck and the ocean beyond. She even made herself look in his office. God, this was terrible. How much more did God expect her to take?

As the weeks passed Sarah began to come out of mourning. Jonas and Mabel helped out tremendously. Kat and Nora had done so much. They were very special people. Patricia didn’t call, and Sarah wasn’t surprised. They never got along well.

Eventually, Sarah got the urge to paint. She hadn’t felt like it, but painting had always been her salvation. As she got her supplies together Sarah noticed a note with her brushes.Brushes

She picked it up and read.

Sarah,

Tonight was wonderful, and I am glad we got to spend that time together. I have done something terrible, and I know that the world is going to crash down around me. We have been through a lot together, but I can’t go through anymore. I would like to tell you that I had nothing to do with what happened at the Crossroads, but I can’t. I simply don’t remember any of it. I may be guilty, but I may not. But that’s not why I wrote this note. Once I am gone there is something you need to do. There is a young woman living with Patricia called Layla. You need to get her and take care of her. I wish I could help you, but I can’t. Someday you will understand. Layla isn’t her real name. It is Madeline.

I Love You,

Ethan

9 Responses to “The Reprisal – Epilogue”

  1. TheOthers1 Says:

    Whoa. Lots going on here. Can’t believe he killed himself. Or did he? Dun, dun, duuunnnn.

    Very interesting.

  2. Butterfly Joy Says:

    I love this story more than I should… it’s so dark and I like it so much… 🙂
    Thanks for writing it Ethan!

  3. Butterfly Joy Says:

    Hard to imagine how Layla takes it. She’s having his baby…
    Probably the best thing is not to tell anyone. Ethan should die with his mouth shut… [just saying]
    Or this story should be take a conspiracy turn somewhere to make things go right and we should have a chief villan to blame for…
    Love it so much that I hate the fact it has ended.

  4. Such a sad ending…but wonderfully written…

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