Joe didn’t experience too much anger, or holding grouch. in fact, until last night, Joe didn’t even know what is the easiest way to put a dead body into his small car’s trunk to get rid of it. But this morning with his heart still pounding, he knows all about it. Especially Joe knows that he is probably the luckiest man in the world.
Ron forgot how to be happy, in fact the part of Ron’s brain responsible for the happy feeling, gave up years ago. The only thing that Ron was expecting from himself was to be the best police officer he can be, that was his way to continue on, without his wife. But this morning with his heart still pounding Ron did something he didn’t do for years, Ron looked at himself in the mirror and smiled.
Last night, Joe was standing next to his dying neighbor in the parking-lot in their apartment building. Joe didn’t know if it was a heart attack or a stroke that made his hateful neighbor laying on the ground near his fancy car. But in any case, the idea to call 911 didn’t pass through Joe’s head. Please die already Joe asked his neighbor politely. But his stubborn neighbor refuse to die quickly. In Joe’s point of view, the fact that his neighbor refuse to die, but instead shaking his legs like a fish and making this ridiculous voice was only one of a long list of things that this terrible man did to make Joe’s life miserable. This is not who I am Joe said while going down on his knees and putting his hands around his neighbor’s neck. this is for all the loud music, for blocking my car every morning, for driving like crazy in the parking-lot, and especially for the arrogant look in your eyes. Joe kept squeezing his hands over his neighbor’s neck way after he was dead. You still have this arrogant look in your eyes, Joe complain to the dead man.
Last night, officer Ron checked himself in the mirror before another night patrol on the highway. He uses his left hand to check his right pocket. yes, he could feel the small metal box inside his pocket. Just do your job. and do it well, he said to his reflection.
And with that he left his house.
Joe realize that he actually killed a man only after half an hour of driving. His shirt was still wet from sweat. What have I done? Joe asked himself while a sheer horror was running through his veins. Driving on the highway with a body of a man I just strangled in the back of my car is not who I am.
Joe was so busy with thoughts that he didn’t notice that he got a flat tire on his back wheel. But on the other hand, Joe could see the police car behind him and he could definitely hear the policeman asking him to pull over.
When officer Ron looked at the driver he just pulls over, he could see a sweaty and pale man. Do you know why I pulled you over? officer Ron asked.
Trying to be as calm as he can Joe answer, I got no idea officer.
You are driving on the highway with a flat tire, officer Ron replay while wondering what make this driver be so nervous. You need to change your tire officer Ron continued .
In that moment a scary recognition hit Joe, the spear tire is in the trunk, with the body of his recently murdered neighbor.
I don’t have all night, said officer Ron. Open your car trunk get the spear tire out, now.
Joe is already seeing himself behind bars, said in a last attempt to prevent the unpreventable, I don’t have a spear tire, I think I will call a tow truck.
Open the trunk right now, command officer Ron, knowing that something is definitely wrong.
When Joe walked to the back of his car, he knows that those are his last steps as a free man.
When officer Ron use his flashlight to look inside the trunk the flashlight beam stops on the dead man’s face. those few seconds felt forever for Joe, the police officer stared at the dead man’s eyes. For a short moment Joe was wondering how is it possible that this arrogant look is still in the dead man’s eyes.
Do you know what you have done? asked officer Ron. Before Joe that was very close to cry could answer, officer Ron continued, you just lied to a police officer. It is very clear that you have a spear tire in a good condition under this dead man.
Change the tire as fast as you can, and go.
In less than ten minutes, with the help from officer Ron Joe was driving his car with the new tire in place. Joe didn’t have any explanation to what just happened. Joe just looked up to the dark sky and said “thank you”
Back on the dark highway officer Ron got inside his police car. With his left hand he pulls out the metal box from his right pocket. he opened the glove box and took out a piece of an old newspaper. When officer Ron unfold the newspaper, he read the headline, ” A drunk driver that run over a woman to death is free over technicality. Husband a policeman is broken hearted.”
I will never forget the arrogant look in his eyes when he walked out free from the court. Said officer Ron to himself. I will never will forget that look.