Chapter 1: Sinners Heart

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Horror  |  House: Booksie Classic

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Sample from Sinner's Heart by Ann Marsiliano

The woman stepped back her entire body extended out and away from Johnny as if she just learned he had a horrible infectious disease. She then turned suddenly around hurrying into the house and back again so fast that Johnny never stopped staring out towards her direction while Rooskie hung over him. When she returned she had a baggie containing lumps of brown cake threw it at him as she lashed out even more furiously now “ What did I tell you? You never ever look to me for anything! I do my part I get my cut you do your part you get your cut period! I got this from one of my religious suckers and god only knows what it is! I’m surely not going to eat it so I can spare you that. Now get the hell out of here and go take care of what you need to or you won’t be feeling hunger ever again.” Johnny rummaged the bag open barely hearing the woman as he lapped up the brown lumps that were small brownies. They went down easily the sugars releasing from their baked tombs where staleness had taken over. As he popped the last one in he felt Rooskie’s foot hit his thigh like he was kicking a grungy dog out back out into the street. He looked up at the woman and her hand was up with her beautiful finger pointed to the street.  Johnny rose up slowly the sugar giving him back some energy and began walking towards the street again not sure where to head. The woman and Rooskie went into the house before he reached the curb.

The street was quiet except for birds whose early morning song could only be heard before the noise of the city began again. Johnny walked towards the boulevard deciding that he would try to beg for some money to eat this time. He needed to get his strength up to go after the DJ and make that plan work. He knew Trish left but knew that he could still crash there because now the landlord would have to evict him. But without Trisha paying for everything he knew he couldn’t stay long and that he needed to find someone new to take care of him. Even if the DJ paid quickly with the next act he was going to play on him he wanted to spend that money on himself for luxuries not for necessities as for Johnny that should always be someone else’s job.

Arriving at Hollywood Blvd he headed towards the eateries to find his hand out wondering how hard it would be. Tourists were starting to meander about and Johnny made a quick $20.00 begging and another $50.00 lifting the wallet of one the people who gave him a few dollars. Johnny looked at them as sympathetic suckers and saw that he had enough cash in his wallet to make it very worthwhile. Having enough for more than one meal for the day, he stopped at an outdoor eatery and ordered a feast of more than he could eat. He sat down to eat it joyfully as he looked forward to squeezing the DJ and getting thousands at one time into his hands again. As he sat engorging himself people walked by back and forth the streets getting more crowded as noontime approached. Soon Johnny’s belly was full so he threw all the uneaten food into the trash and set out towards the radio station studio. He felt very ready to cash in on this one and with his new energy he was confident he could make this work.

As he entered the studio doors Johnny could feel that he belonged here. This was his destiny and this was the next step.  Johnny imagined himself a rock star walking in with his entourage as the receptionist began making calls after Johnny told her why he was there, to make his sexual assault complaint against Brian the DJ.  Johnny made sure to keep his face serious and his posture weak like he thought a real victim would act and he was certain he was doing it perfectly.  After a few minutes a woman came out in a tailored grey business suit her hair pulled back and as she walked she had her arm extended to Johnny instead of swinging with each step. Johnny stretched his hand out meekly barely gripping her hand.

She introduced herself “Hello I am Becky Adams and I am the head of human resources here at the station. I will be taking your complaint. Johnny followed Becky through the back door as people sitting around the offices of the station stared at Johnny as they walked by. Johnny kept his posture weak staying in the role to make the plan work. 

Becky turned into one of the large offices that lined the large cubicle pool in the middle.  She motioned her hand for Johnny to sit in the chair as she took her place behind her desk. Becky questioned Johnny for a few minutes about his complaint about Brian and Johnny enjoyed the way she seemed to be lapping it up hook line and sinker. He was careful not to show this though as he continued to play his role wishing he could make a tear for an even better effect.  Becky picked up the phone and began dialing before politely informing Johnny that she would be doing so to follow up on his issue. Her politeness made her attractive to Johnny and he began thinking about whether she could be his new provider.  He knew he did not look his best at the moment but as he thought this he followed through with a glance at her hand for a wedding ring. He was pleased when he found none.

As Johnny had these thoughts Becky made the call she needed to take this to the next step and end this quickly or take it as far away from her hands and decision making as possible. She liked her position and didn’t want anything to rock the boat especially handling a sexual case against one of the stations most popular DJs. She took her job seriously and wanted to do the right thing in every situation she faced. She had this position for the past year and so far corporate had agreed with all of her assessments and there were no real problems.

Becky called Brian to ask him about his version of his meeting with Johnny so she could make quick decision that could put an end to this. She knew what protocol was and this was part of it. Brian was willing to come down and talk to her and she was thrilled. She thought Brian was sexy and handsome but didn’t think he would ever go for someone as corporate as she was. When he walked into the room she felt herself hold her breath for a second.

He stopped at the doorway of her office and didn’t step in. He placed his hands on each side of the door and she could see his muscular figure pushing its way out of his shirt. He pushed his head through alone and looked to his right. At that second his entire demeanor changed so quickly Becky was thrown off her poise. “What the fuck is this degenerate doing here? This cocksucker tried to claim I wanted him sexually which is a totally disgusting thought first of all and second of all I’m not into fellas FELLA! You little motherfucker you think you are going to do something to me? Fuck you asshole!” Brian was pumped and angry and suddenly Becky wanted to quit her job, as she stood frozen behind her desk not wanting to get in the way of Brian’s rage. What seemed like only seconds later security guards wrestled with Brian to stop him from pulverizing Johnny with his bare fists. 

As they dragged Brian out Becky felt her eyes well up as she watched with dismay feeling badly that this time she had made the wrong decision and now Brian was gone because of it. She knew enough of the corporate positions here to know that even in metal rock you get fired if you get physically violent to the degree Brian did at the office.  She hung her head until the vision of Brian being dragged away disappeared then looked over at Johnny and noticed he was smirking. He began to speak clearly unaffected by what had just occurred “Of course the station will be taking care of my needs now that I have been accosted by the very man who accosted me before sexually! My demand to settle this peacefully is $50,000, you fire the DJ Brian for discrimination and sexual assault and you play my music on your station for 6 months at least! Do that and we won’t have any more problems from these events but if you don’t pay I will make sure that I take Brian down and this WHOLE RADIO STATION DOWN!” Becky realized that she had a bigger problem on her hands than the human resource department handles and called up to legal.

Before long but what felt like forever to Becky, two attorneys from the legal department came into her office looking like they had the same day as Becky thus far and she wondered about that as they took Johnny away with them. Becky was relieved but sad. The day had started so well and how it would end she never could have guessed. She lamented that whatever little chance she could have had with Brian was well over now as she got back to work to create the very report that would bring Brian's job to an end. 


Submitted: November 16, 2014

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