Letters from John

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Mystery and Crime  |  House: Booksie Classic
Short story in the form of a collection of letters detailing the last six months of a delusional prison inmate's life before his execution.

Author Note: This is my first Short Story I have published, really. I'd like completely honest feedback.

Submitted: November 15, 2014

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8-5-16

Dearest Nicole,

  I would have won our staring contest if you hadn't gotten the police involved. They should have given me the chance to explain how much I love you, Nicki. At least now I have all the time in the world to let you know. Maybe I should start from the beginning, way back in first grade. You used to wear your beautiful blond hair in a ponytail and I used to pull on it in class. I thought you would turn around and talk to me, but you always screamed to the teacher, and for some reason I'd be sent to the office. That woman didn't understand our love, neither did the principal. I knew though. You and me forever Nicki.

Always yours, John

9-3-16

Dearest Nicole,

  You must not have been able to read my handwriting of the return address here, because I have not yet gotten any letters back from you. I'll write neater next time, Nicki, I swear it. Anyway, it's been about a month since I was put in here. I have been in solitary the last two "mail days" and that's why I have not written. I didnt even do anything really, but some guy in the caffeteria said I was crazy for writing you, and that you wouldn't write back. I used one of the plastic knives we get for eating with in here, and cut his tongue. They say he'll never lie again, dear.

Yours forever, John

 

11-14-16

Nicole,

  It's been four months. I've been seeing some doctor type fellow, he says all these strange things like "John Duchovny can not seem to come to terms with the facts of reality" and a bunch of other jibberish I can't quite make sense of. He thinks I should be relocated to some facility. Less guards, he told me. They would help me realize you are gone, he said. Speaking of, you have'nt written. Don't worry me so much Nicki. I might have to try and get out of here and come see if you are okay.

Yours truly, John

 

11-29-16

Dear Nicki,

  I regret coming to this place. These damn white coats keep telling me I can't see you anymore, one of them showed me some fake photos of you, you were all bloody! They keep torturing me with words. Saying I did some really messed up things. All I'm guilty of is loving you, Nicole. And I'll never stop being guilty of that.

Forever yours, John

 

12-16-16

Nicki,

  I wish you'd write back! This may be my last letter. I begged them to let me write one more time. A date has been set, apparently, and I don't have all the time in the world after all. The first day of January, of 2017. That's when they think I should leave. Please write me before then.

-John

 

12-28-16

Nicole,

  This truly is my final letter. You have not written me these last five months. I guess you don't love me much after all. I have always just wanted to make you happy. That day, six months ago when I was in your yard. I never did explain, see, I was going to ask you out. I have loved you all my life and I knew, I just knew you loved me too. That day I was going to ask you if you finally wanted to do things together, like most couples. You just stared at me and so I got all nervous, and stared back. Then you got that restraining order. I don't blame you or anything Nicki. I know those jerks at the station told you to. That's why I came back that day in early August. We finally connected! We danced and we spent the night drinking and having fun. We could have stayed like that forever. I know it wasn't your fault when they took me away. Oh! I almost forgot. Your dad came and saw me the other day, he said he'd be at the "show" in a few days. Said he would never forget what I did to you. Isn't that great, Nicki? He said he'd remember what I did and would love to see me on New Years'. He seems like a really nice guy! You think, after I get out of here he'd like to walk you down the altar?

Love, John


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