Jake saw Helen walking in front of him. The crunch of leaves under their feet resounded in the lonely woods. She was excited about their weekend away from the city. Jake remembered the first day he had met Helen.
They had met during group grief counselling. Helen had found her fiance David murdered in their Apartment. She was trying to deal with his death and her own feelings. She had spoken about her nightmares and dreams during grief counseling. They all had to talk about the loss and how they were dealing with it.
Jake had been attracted towards Helen, her green eyes had a pain which made him want to protect her. After many counseling sessions they had become friends. Slowly, she started telling him about her story.
David had been a doctor at the city hospital. They had met when both were still in Pre-Med and totally hit it off. He was sweet and kind, they were to be married in six weeks when Helen had come home to find the apartment ransacked and the love of her life dead in their bathtub.
David had been troubled for some days. He had suspected that someone on the Hospital Board was running an organ scam. He was suspicious when two of his patients had suddenly passed away after being operated successfully for minor surgeries. He had started searching for clues and one day he found some papers which could lead him to the culprit. He had copied the documents and brought it back to the apartment and hidden it in a safe place which only both of them knew. Helen had no doubts the reason for David’s murder. Even though she knew it was dangerous, she started searching for proof. She wanted answers. She could not let David’s death go in vain. She wanted to approach the authorities but was convinced that some of the cops were dirty and had a hand in David's death.
Helen was getting very close to the truth. Since she worked in the same hospital she was able to uncover a lot of information. It was not long before she had sufficient proof about the killer’s identity. All this was making Jake’s employer very nervous. He had been ordered to find out the truth and then kill Helen.
Jake was a contract killer and had been hired to find out how much Helen knew about the scam. Though he did not have a hand in David’s death, Jake had to find out the details and pass on the information to the people who were involved in the organ scam.
Jake was an ex-marine who had been trained as an assassin in his previous job, killing to him was as natural as breathing. It had always been cold and impersonal. The target was always just an unknown entity that had become an inconvenience for the power brokers of his country. This job was the toughest he had ever done in his entire career. He had become attracted to Helen’s vulnerability and had never felt like this about any other woman. He wanted to hold her and comfort her, he wanted to make the hurt and pain go away from her eyes. Over time he realized that he had fallen in love with her.
Helen’s voice broke his reverie. He saw her smiling at him.
Helen said “Are you fine Jake? You seem a little lost.
He nodded and gave her a smile. She turned and started walking again.
He saw her so happy and carefree. She looked relaxed and peaceful.
It was certain death for him if he did not kill Helen. He knew the people who hired him will hire someone else to get the job done. His heart and mind were in turmoil. Love was the only pure thing which had touched his heart in a long time.
He had to act even if he did not want to do so. Life was cruel and unfair. He knew he could never have a life with Helen. She would be dead either way.
Jake pulled out the gun from his jacket. He raised it in front of him and fired.
P.S: I had written this story for Indimag's short story competition. A big thank you to people who had voted for my story(I had to twist their arm and put a gun to their heads).
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