the desperate editor(3/4)

The editor is driving his car, rather furiously.

He had never jumped a signal nor crashed to an automobile nor had a bleeding nose nor seen a group of police cars glaring in his rear mirror.

On this unfortunate night, events unfolded when he decided to meet a stranger.  Well, the editor certainly wants to change the course of eight hours but he can’t…

“That stupid letter…” the editor resented.

“Oh..You think that this is going to be easy, Old man.” The stranger shouted, “Go fast for chr…”

“Shut the f…”

Eight hours ago, editor began to search for the details in the letter. He came to know that the frank’s son lost his share in the company and even served in jail for a few years. The local media recently wrote an article “the arrogant heir of nothing ” with a picture of him. It is clear for the editor’s eye that he is onto drugs. The editor follows a thread of contact and finally,

The editor meets the prodigal son at the twelfth hour at an abandoned warehouse. He removes the fluids and began to wake the son.

“Harry,..” the editor asks to confirm as he is even worse than the yesterday’s picture. Editor gets him to the car and began to drive, being ignorant of the future.

 

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the desperate editor (2/4)

the desperate editor (2/4)

On the third floor, I sat looking at the splendid view of the sixth hour in the morning. I could see the construction of a skyscraper that is supposed to be a publishing agency.

“I’ve warned you, Frank. I guess that your blood always serves a thick skull…” My friend continued on the phone, “Watch the news…” In fact, I wasn’t shocked. It was more of a comfort for an old man, who had imagined the worst.

“The kid of southern estate caught in the highway of…” Said a guy on TV, with rhythm.

“I think that there should be a trial for inheritance. This is..” A debate among the scholars. I knew that my days are numbered and my only grandkid would live the rest of the riches in ten years.

Upon the sun rising from the east, the golden light reflected from the third floor of the agency. He knew that it is impossible to change the kid and clever enough to figure out that he wouldn’t be alive to see the result. With the slightest ray of hope, he took a pen and started to write a letter.

 

‘To the most dedicated editor on the third floor,

I write this on the day of 2005, to reach you at 2015. I could see people working to construct your building. They even started little early on this morning. I hate to waste your time and also, I don’t have a habit to take favors.

I bought some shares for you in exchange that you find my grandkid and if he’s alive, I want you to change his lifestyle. I tried all the ways I could and on this morning, I thought to give you a story to edit. The remaining information to acquire the ownership of the shares will be found in the progress of your mission. I wish you with all my heart and a great fortune.

 

 Frank Nerovik

 

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the desperate editor (1/4)

\\”This is a story of an old man, living through the last phase of life in a house made of paper and rocks until the fate began to introduce chaos and so, he was forced to make a deal…”\\

“Why does it take so long to end a sentence, for Christ’s sake…?” The editor said to himself. Rumors overweighed his obsessions and even tagged him with ‘T.D.E’.

“Do you know that he rejected ‘the pale man’ draft citing that it is too long…” The tall lady says to her friend.

“It is a bit long, though…” Her friend replied.

“Who cares… That went on for a best seller. What a huge loss to our firm…” She snorts back. As everyone began to push the trash to one person who can handle, the editor went on printing the dots.

Nothing unusual had happened in both his drafts and his life until the clock struck the 1500hrs on a warm day. A young man in yellowish-brown uniform walked inside the agency with an untidy hair. His nose seems particularly long if anyone had given a glance.

“Uh…Excuse me..” The ringing phones muted his tone, “Hello Miss, Delivery for your boys on the second floor…”.

“Who is it for?” hold phones in both her hands,

“To the dedicated writer on the second floor…” He reads the address on the envelope.

“I’ll take care of it.” She gives a smile and offers her hand. Upon the lovely gesture, the young man extends his hand and walks away. Assuming it to be a fan mail, she throws it directly into the bin. Sometimes a letter won’t need a name to reach the destination. All it takes is the lines that could connect the dots.

While some other guy came to use the bin, he sees the unopened envelope. He keeps it on his desk and while he decides to take the lunch, he uses a stapler to weigh it down. The office boy, who takes the stapler assumes that the letter is delivered to the wrong floor. When he reaches the second floor, his eyes misread ‘the dedicated’ and thus the post written by a stranger aged 10 years, flew into the hands of a desperate editor…

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the bishop (4/4)

The room is filled with arguments and anger that filled along with it. I reckon that no other experience of mine could prove that the age could make some people grew furious. The good old ben shouted at the staff because that they didn’t cook according to the menu. He claims that it disturbs his day.

While I watch him mumbling little Italian, a square-bearded man blocked my view. He began to watch our game closer,

“You play really good, sir…” He said.

“I do…” But I could see that he wants to buy my attention.

“I’ve heard that you knew me…” he looks at me from the game, “I want to know how…”

“Is this one of Ben’s jokes. If so, tell him that it is lam…”

“It isn’t. I…” He got interrupted by the words, “He’s here,” uttered from a rushing short man.

A few instants made me realize that I actually saw a revolver tucked inside.

They sat few places away yet I could still hear them. It had been a while that I missed at being an audience. To be anxious as to how the story might unfold rather than to be an old man playing chess with an amateur.

After few minutes, a loud explosion shattered our building. The chessboard fell over and everyone except the Bishop and King stood on their feet. After a few inquiry, I found there had been a bombing in the neighborhood.

“You look a little nervous, boss..” The bearded guy said to the guest.

“What…?”

“We are supposed to be in that building…” The bearded guy says that he changed the venue at the last minute.

“You saved us all…” The guest continued, “well, this ain’t the first time…”

“Funny thing is that you always forget that your mail goes through me…” Beard pointed the revolver at the Guest. The short man took care of the excited young guard, who had played the chess a while ago.

“What are you implying…?” The guest found his lost voice.

“I don’t. The mail mentioned an address and says that to be beware of 15:40…” The beard continued, “I only tampered the message on the clock hour and now, you walk in here being upset that I wasn’t dead… “

“You don’t understand….”

“All these years of wasted loyalty on the wretched souls…” The beard raised to the revolver to the Guest’s heart.

“Bishop, I wasn’t going to kill you… Just for few…” Two shots were fired and the silencer worked perfectly.

I watched the murder in horror and into the eyes of Bishop,

“Well, you will never forget me….”

-The End-

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the bishop (3/4)

Only poison that can infect the heart of a bishop is a thought of betrayal. He trusted enough to gamble his own life on many occasions. Now he began to think that his trust is wasted on a wrong man.

“I don’t get it. How come the boss is interested in such a deal…?” A short man with round head asked the bishop, with a hand on the wheel.

He remained silent.

“I never saw him visit any operation directly. You know what I mean,..” The short man continued, “He won’t even cross a damn yard…”

They drove to the location. Bishop looked at him and said,

“We will know that in an hour, won’t we?”

They went inside the two-storey building, in which elderly were living for the last of their lives. They were supposed to check for the safety of king’s arrival.

After ten minutes,

“Anything…”

“Nothing, a bunch of lying old hogs…”

“What.,” Bishop asks the short man.

“That old man says that he knows you. Also says that you once almost got him killed…” He pointed to an old man and a guard, who are busy playing chess.

“Check the backyard..” The bishop walks past him and says, “Let me pay them a visit…”

 

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the bishop (2/4)

“The idiots always spoil…” Bishop speaks on his phone while crossing the street “ These brats only step up to get themselves killed..”

The lane is dark except for the cigar lit by him. Being a bishop, his senses detected a stalker in a dark coat. The image zig-zagged the motion to remain hideous.

He trashed the cigar and aimed his revolver into the thick air,

“Alright, you’ve got my attention. Now, make your excuse freaking reasonable…” he waited for few seconds.

“I am…not here to kill you..”

“That ain’t reasonable for a stalker…”

“I..uh just want to meet you alone.”

“Then get your shady face into the light, will you ?”

The sight of a sharp nose and with a round belly, a man in 30’s witnessed before the Bishop.

“Well, this goes in one way. Say and leave in three minutes, okay… ”

“Yeah..” he continued, “The game is going down. I don’t know when but it will happen within a week. Though the politics is a gamble, It was the step taken to change the traditional perspective. There are orders to kill every player…” he began to explain his words,

“Careful now, Cowboy,” Bishop says, while the man reaches for his pockets. He takes a parcel and gives it to the bishop.

“I came to knew that you’re the only person to turn the events…”

“Time’s up, fellow. Keep walking…”

The man knew well enough that no one ever made the bishop to say twice. While he is leaving,

“The tomorrow is our enemy, bishop.”

Bishop began to walk with a parcel in his hands and swirling thoughts inside the head. He opened the parcel and saw the image of the two bosses in a bar.

“It is impossible, unless…”

Bishop never thought that the kings would make their own arrangements.

 

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the bishop (1/4)

The bishop locked himself in the way of my queen, with the support of a pawn. The young guard is happy that he was tempted for a certain victory. He even forgot my thirty years of experience to tackle such situations and,

“There you go…Nice move, isn’t it ?”

To my defense, I was a little preoccupied with a thought. Chess is a game of patience. I know that he holds a leverage but I highly doubt that he can withstand the power.

On the evening of March the 8th and at the age of seventy, I sat playing chess with an amateur.

“Do you want to know about a Bishop in my real life ?”

“No…Now, you can’t trick with your stories…” he said, making a hand sign to make my move.

I told him one on our second game and my victory brought some complaints.

After seven minutes, when the timer between the moves took more than two minutes…

“A bishop, huh…” He looked at me.

Well, I couldn’t blame him as he probably never heard a story about a bishop.

“What do you about him..?” I pointed to his Bishop.

“It…ahh…. moves across and kills whatever, it can…”

“Yes, it is rather unused by many players but it is one of the most powerful players in the game…”

“I don’t understand..”

“Whatever the situation that he may face, he would never step out of his reasons. Either the black or the white, no one can intimidate him…”

“How did you met him..?”

“It was not exactly an official introduction. When I was of your age, the bishop almost got me killed…”

“Is it…?” His hand went under his chin,

“So, what did the majesty call his bishop…?”

I could see that he is calling my bluff but I decided to proceed anyway,

“Cristian Mihai…”

 

-Cont’d…

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