Awake Chapter Seven Looks of Death

Gravity and Shadow were sitting in a bare room, with their hands in metal cuffs behind them.  The room was virtually empty.  Behind the siblings stood two armed guards.  Gravity and Shadow were separated from Mitch and Sarah by a layer of glass, behind the two police officers was a one way mirror.  “Ok, you know why you’re in here.  Just make it easy and confess.”

Shadow smiled softly to himself.  “That line is straight out of a film.  Do you really expect me to tell you, how this happened? You’re a very naive, young man.”

Mitch looked down, reproachfully.  Shadow smiled more openly this time; he knew he was gaining control.  “So you know how we did the crime, but you don’t know why or how we did it.  That’s very interesting.”

“You’re right about that.  We don’t know why you did it, but for at least one murder we know how.”

Shadow’s face lost all of its colour and fear started to form behind his eyes.

“When we examined your last victim, we noticed that there were fingerprints on the man’s neck and we have received an anonymous report that this man was strangled.  Anyway we have matched the fingerprints to your sister.”

“Ok, that proves one case, what about the others? How do you intend to prove that we killed the other people? We covered our tracks very well.”

“We are trying to help you.  You might have murdered people and yes there will be people pressing charges, but if we hear your side of the story then we can stop this.” Sarah injected, emotionally.

Shadow just tossed the comment aside.  “That is the biggest load of crap, I have heard in a long time.  We’re the bad guys, why would you want to help us?”

“Shadow, I think it would be alright.” Gravity spoke for the first time.  She had been sitting quietly.  “We can always kill them afterwards.” She whispered.

“You want to kill us.  Try.  We’re behind bullet proof glass and there are cameras all over the place.  You won’t be able to touch us.”

“I can still look at you though.” Gravity responded.  Sarah quickly signalled to a guard behind Shadow who rushed in and put a bag over Gravity’s head, before dragging her out of the room.


Mitch smiled, as he knew he had just gained the upper hand over Shadow.  “So she kills by using her sight?”

Shadow shrugged.  “No point, denying it now.  Ok, now you know the how we did it, but still don’t know why.”

“We might not know your motive, but we know how you did it.  You could have possibly killed six people and we’ve found enough evidence to jail you for at least one murder.”

“Fingerprints? Killing someone by looking at them? Testimonies? You call that evidence? What court would take the line “killing someone by looking at them” seriously,” Shadow paused momentarily,” hmm it seems that you just have enough evidence to jail us for one murder.  Even if you do get me or my sister to confess, which will never happen, you can’t be sure that we’re telling the truth.”

“We can use lie detectors.” Sarah said, quietly.

“Lie detectors can be sabotaged.” Shadow smiled.  He knew he was in control now.

“We can always put you back onto the street.”

Shadow’s face gave nothing away.  “Go on then.  We’ve managed to survive for this long.”

“That’s the thing, isn’t it? You’ve managed to survive a number of years with money you get from begging and I’m guessing that wouldn’t be a lot.”

“You guess correct, but I’m not telling you anything.  I do have the right to remain silent.”

Mitch slowly ran his fingers through his hair.  It had been a long day and it was beginning to show.  “We’re not getting anywhere with this.  The guard will escort you back to your cell.  Gravity and Bliss are in a separate cell.  We will talk again tomorrow.” Shadow stood up and calmly walked out.

“Wow.  Now this is a tough day.  This kid is so cocky.” Mitch sighed and slumped down into his chair.

“Don’t worry about it, we’ll get him eventually.” Sarah said, hoping to reassure Mitch, but it did just the opposite.

“I don’t know.  The kid is right though.  I’m not sure if we even have enough evidence to bring them down for one crime.  These kids look like they’re capable of a lot.  By the time we manage to get them in front of a jury, the witness could be dead or the fingerprints destroyed.”

“Didn’t you say you wanted to talk to me about something?”

“Oh yeah.  Sarah, I know we’ve only been going out for a weeks, but I believe that this is a good decision.  Do you want to move in with me?”

“Yeah sure.  Wow from the way you were talking, I thought you were going to propose.”

“I haven’t got a ring, but I do have the key to my apartment with me.  You can start moving in, as soon as we have finished with this case.”


Knock.  Knock.  Knock.  The sound woke Shadow up.  A key started to turn in the lock and the door swung open.  Shadow pulled back the sheet; he had not been given any clothes to sleep in.  He had slept in his ordinary tattered jeans and t-shirt.  “Shadow.  Come with me.  I have someone who wants to meet you.” He stood up and walked of the cell, closely followed by Mitch.  Shadow walked down a dimly lit corridor to a wooden door.  Inspector Crosby stood up beside him.  “In this room we have Lynn Moss.  She’s a social worker.  We came to the decision that if somebody closer to your age talked to you, then you would become more cooperative.”

“You sent a shrink to talk to me,” Shadow exclaimed, incredulously, “I’m twenty years old I don’t need a social worker.  I’m an adult.  Gravity is only thirteen; wouldn’t she need the social worker?”

“Your sister is a killer; it would be safer if she was confined.”

Shadow smiled and looked at the policeman straight in the eye.   “How do you know I can’t kill?”

Mitch said nothing and slowly walked away.

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