The Second Time Around

73312669-0836-4D4B-A2CF-6C4E284CF61E“Iain Bates has been murdered. Again,” Detective Fred Morrisey said to his partner, Detective Ron Hayden.

“Jesus Christ, that guy is like a friggin’ cat,” Hayden responded. “He’s got nine lives.”

“Well, he must have used them up because the medical examiner’s office just called and confirmed that this time he’s out for the count,”  Morrisey said.

“So how did they finally get him?” Hayden asked.

“According to the police report, after he was critically wounded in that gang-related shootout last year, but the doctors were miraculously able to save his life,” Morrisey said. “He suffered some brain damage and they had to put him in a medically-induced coma until the swelling went down. He was just released from the hospital last week and immediately went after the gang member who shot him last year.”

“I guess that didn’t work out so well for Bates, huh?” Hayden said.

“Nope,” Morrisey replied. “But I’m not sure I’d call what happened to Bates this time a murder. More like suicide by gang.”


Written for Sandman Jazz’s Writing Challenge, where the post must start with, “Iain Bates has been murdered. Again.”

10 thoughts on “The Second Time Around

  1. sandmanjazz May 7, 2020 / 11:37 am

    A good take there, not too dissimilar to the thought I had when prepping the prompt.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango May 7, 2020 / 10:52 pm

      Thanks. I hope to start getting back to doing multiple prompt stories more regularly sometime soon.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. animar64 May 8, 2020 / 8:31 am

    That was a cool read I’ve been watching a few British Detective shows so this really caught my fancy!

    Liked by 1 person

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