The Cruel Con
The Mayor and the town manager waved as their next victim approached. Stan the salesman pulled up beside them. “Gentlemen,” he said. “It’s been a long drive and I’m exhausted. I need a motel to sleep at. ”
Mayor Bloom smiled a predatory smile. “Try Millie’s Motel, down the road.”
As Stan pulled away, Bloom made a phone call. “Millie? There’s another one comin’. Get #13 ready.”
Stan checked in at Millie’s and was sent to room #13. He opened the door and walked in…only to find a young girl sprawled across the bed. Her skin had the bluish cast of death.
Sheriff Long burst in through the door right after him. “God dammit, boy!” he shouted. “You killed poor little Lolita!”
“I did not!”
“You sure did!”
“I just got here!”
“The evidence says otherwise son!” said Long, and he took him into custody.
Hours later, Sheriff Long watched him drive away. “How much did you get?” said Mayor Bloom.
Long grinned. “Four thousand.”
“Woohoo! Mighty good work, Lolita!”
Lolita stood beside them. Her bluish skin, the result of a rare recessive gene, looked less scary in daylight. She smiled, “Thanks Uncle Bob.”
Town Manager, Lester Givens, was new to the town’s primary income. He said, “What happens next?”
“He’ll have to stop at Burlsville if he wants any sleep,” said Lolita.
“Got a cousin that lives there.”
“Is she blue too?” said Lester.
“Nope. She’s a Stigmata,” smiled Lolita. “Bleeds all over the place…like she’s been murdered.”
Okay, I know I dream up a lot of crazy stuff, but I actually didn’t imagine blue people. There is a historical precedent. A whole family of blue people lived in Hazard, Kentucky:
And then, a Stigmata is another condition documented by the church. Such individuals would spontaneously bleed from their hands, side, and feet from apparent wounds like the ones Jesus Christ experienced when crucified. Such people do not die from this. St. Francis of Assisi was a Stigmata. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stigmata#St._Francis_of_Assisi
This was written for Mondays Finish the Story. During this weekly writing challenge, we are provided with a pic from photographer Barbara W. Beacham and an opening sentence. This week the opener was, “The Mayor and the town manager waved as their next victim approached.” Look here at the blue frog link to see what other folks wrote: https://mondaysfinishthestory.wordpress.com/2015/06/29/mondays-finish-the-story-june-29th-2015/