The Lamp and The Shade

Sirens wailed down the streets of a small city in southern Italy. Several police vehicles had already been parked in front of a blue home right outside of the downtown area. An officer jumped out of his car and drew his gun and placed it to his side as he ran to the house. Several other officers were posted outside the door and one kicked it in. They all rushed inside with their guns at the ready.

The house was a bloodbath. A young couple laid butchered on the couch in the family room, the man having many stab wounds to the chest and head, and the woman having been stabbed many times in the stomach and her throat cut. Upstairs they found a little boy drowned in a bathtub with a knife in his back and the dog’s head beside him. From the bathroom a trail of blood led to a back room and in it the found a room full of lamps. Oddly, every lamp in that room had been turned on and on the back wall a large arrow pointing down had a small table with a slip of paper on it.

The paper read: Grey Wig sent me, or us, however you wish to look at it. These people were merely…an exercise, a simple routine to keep my skill in this business at a maximum. Grey Wig doesn’t like the police and neither do I. In fact, we have something very special for the police officers of this “beautiful” city. I’m starving so I am off to find a delicious meal. We shall meet one day soon I’m sure, your friendly neighborhood Shade Cult.

                The officer who read the paper phoned the chief immediately and rushed back to the station to file the report


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