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Andy finds his dead brother's body in the backyard, and takes the sweater to see if he can catch the murderer. Will his brother ever be at peace?
Jennifer M Haynes
I'm 17 years old, I love to write, in the 12th grade, have 6 cats, live in Tennessee, have won several writing contests, hope to be able to get published "for real" some day.
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Jennifer M Haynes
By Jennifer Haynes
“Is that your brother’s sweater?” my mom yells down to me.
“Yeah,” I answer.
I am in a bad situation. I was out here digging a hole in the backyard, obsessively searching for the body of my murdered brother. The killer had left me a note, and strangely enough, I trusted it, and it wasn’t a joke. Somehow I just knew it was out here. So here is the body with the sweater removed. But now I can’t get out of the hole I dug. The dirt crumbles under my fingers when I try to climb, and all it does is make the hole bigger and bigger.
“Help me out of here, Mom,” I say. “I found Jim’s missing body.”
“Throw me the sweater, first. I don’t want it to get torn while you climb up.”
“Okay.” I take a rock and wrap the sweater around it, to give it some weight, otherwise I’ll never get it up high enough. I throw as hard as I can. It lands about three feet from her.
She picks it up. “Thank you, Andy,” she says. “I really wanted this.”
Why is she messing around? We need to take immediate action. No time to lose. “Go get some rope,” I say. “I want to report this.” For two years finding Jim’s body was the sole purpose of my existence. I needed to bring his spirit peace. Mom is just standing up there, looking at me.
“What’s wrong with you?” I ask. I’m getting impatient. I’m sweaty, and dirty, and tired, and triumphant. Now she won’t help me get out of this damn hole. It’s like I dug my own grave, which is a creepy thought. I push it from my mind.
This could be the answer, this sweater. It might contain some DNA evidence to find the killer. However, like she does sometimes, Mom is acting very strange. I never have the patience to tolerate it too long.
“Look,” I say. “Go to the garage, get the rope, tie one end to a tree, throw the other to me. Do you understand or are you stupid?” This is not a time I want my mom to screw around.
She looks at me a moment, then turns slowly. Thank God I finally got through to her. I will apologize for my words later.
“Hurry, Mom!” I yell as she saunters away. I hear a suppressed giggle. “Mom?”
“Goodbye, dear,” she says. “Keep your brother company.”
I start trying to climb in a frenzy. All it does is enlarge the hole.
I will never get out. I stop, calmly, and look at the dirt walls that surround me. Indentations of my fingers, scratches, foot scuffs, cover them, like a surreal painting. At least I’m not going to die in a dull looking place.
I will retain my dignity and not cry. This was obviously meant to happen, and that’s okay. I’m not scared. My mom will pay for what she has done. Vengeful spirits never sleep peacefully, and the ones they seek revenge upon don’t either.
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