Officer Bankowski, clad head-to-toe in coveralls, stepped around the yellow tape and entered the kitchen.
“Y’know something Banksy?” Dewell joined him in the corner, away from forensics, “I became a cop to arrest drug dealers. To catch bank robbers. Shit, to be a goddamn hero.”
Bankowski was silent, observing forensics at work as they measured the arterial spray (8 foot), outlined the small void in the red mist on the wall (child, 4 foot), tracked the victim’s steps as she ran from her husband.
“I did not expect to see so many kitchens,” Dewell continued in a quiet voice. “So goddamn many.”
Sigh. Another bleak one from me. I seriously intended to be more lighthearted this week, so I googled ‘Kitchen’ and ‘Jokes’ for ideas. Bad idea. The sheer volume of ‘make me a sandwich’ and ‘get back into the kitchen’ jokes depressed the hell out of me. Anyway, this lead me down an entirely different path of googling; misogyny, violence… which resulted in the above.
If you are curious about the title:
Violence against women is a serious problem in Australia where:
I also read a lot about the 2015 Australian Of The Year Award recipient was Rosie Batty, domestic violence victim and campaigner. Just a heads up, don’t google her story if your kids are asleep, as you’ll want to wake them up and give them a cuddle.
If you were looking for something more uplifting I recommend checking out all the other 100 word stories (I’m sure someone has a more positive take) or you can check out my Five Sentence Fiction story from Monday here called ‘Brass Ones‘.
Anyway, I promise that next week I’ll try to be positive.