The Devil Wears Black Leather: Epilogue

David S. Grant is posting his latest fiction “The Devil Wears Black Leather” while he works on his latest book, the fourth and final installment that follows: Bliss | Bleach | Blackout. The working title is of course, Bleak. Why is he doing this? Because he loves you! (Note: Also, may be drunk, hence the third person intro.) For more information (or purchase/download) David’s books check out his Goodreads (Bleach 4.6 out of 5 rating; Bleach | Blackout 4.8 rating) or Amazon page.

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Allow me to once again break down the fourth wall.  You thought the story was over.  This story should have been over.  Remember to the beginning, this is not a love story, nor a story of fame.  This is a story of revenge!  After my meeting with Pablo I go home, change, and grab my knife.  Back to where we started.

I am inside the club BITE, Opening the curtain I know this is where it happened and I can sense he has been here recently.  There are more needles on the floor and empty insulin bottles on a ledge.  A black leather thong is thrown on the floor and an empty container of Astrolube is sitting on a chair.  As I move forward I remember: Sometimes you have to be evil to actually find the good.  Lucy’s words running through my mind.

I see a pile of needles and then everything gets foggy…

As I pull back the sheet he is standing there, naked.  My knife is already out and I slash him first across his chest and then his face.  As the blood runs down his neck and stomach I move in and jam the knife into his lower back and turn the knife to point toward the heart.  I pull out the knife and he drops to the ground.  I stand there and watch him bleed.  I have no expression.  Ten minutes later he is dead.

A hand, wearing a black leather glove is covering my mouth when I wake up.  He asks me what I want, looking me up and down, “Clearly you don’t belong here!”  He also tells me that I looked at a needle and passed out.  I feel the inside of my coat and realize my knife is still in place and was never removed.  I take a deep breath and explain what happened to Izzy.  The black leather glove releases its grip from my shoulder and I am able to rest.  “Skeet, that was his name” The man says.  “He died two days ago”, a hand moves to his face as he explains, “Insulin overdose.”

It’s not a particularly bright day outside, but considering how dark it is inside BITE, I have to shield my eyes.  Maybe we are all vampires, just different levels.  Does it work this way?  I put this on my mental list of things to Google when I get home.

When my eyes focus I notice something.  The guy driving the taxi. The street vendor selling hot dogs. The teenagers walking home from school.  They are all wearing black leather.  I look at my hand and then feel the inside of my jacket to ensure my knife is secure.  I adjust the collar of my jacket, which is also, black leather.  I think about what Lucy said, how sometimes you have to be evil to be good.  Sometimes, I think. Maybe all of us have it inside, maybe.  I guess it all depends on how bad we want it: fame, success, murder, or revenge.  It doesn’t really matter, all require motivation.  Maybe, at some point, we are all draped in black leather.

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