Unholy Trinity: Timmy by James Rumpel
Our church worships at the altar of the Unholy Trinity. Its gospels are delivered as a trio of dark drabbles, linked so that Three become One. All hail the power of the Three.
I remember a day nearly fifteen years ago. When I got home from work and pulled in the driveway, I noticed the neighbor boy, Timmy, sitting on his stoop throwing pebbles at a toad. He was probably about seven years old at the time.
“Hi, Timmy,” I called. “How are you doing?”
“Okay, I guess,” he replied, not looking up from his target. “I had to bury my cat today.”
“Oh, that’s too bad,” I said. “How did it die?”
Timmy finally looked up at me, a sheepish grin on his face. “I never said anything about it being dead.”
When Timmy was in his late teens, I was talking to him in the yard one Saturday evening. I noticed he was carrying a long, skinny duffel bag. Curious, I asked him what kind of plans he had for that night.
“I’m going to take out a girl at the mall,” was his reply.
“Don’t you mean you’re going to take out a girl to the mall.”
The same sly grin that had seen many times over the previous dozen years, once again, appeared on his face.
He chuckled, “I think I said it exactly the way I meant it.”
After the officer finished questioning me, I turned to watch the crime scene investigators carry shovels and a jack-hammer into the basement of Timmy’s family home.
Soon after, I was confronted by a reporter from the local television station.
“Tell us about the neighbor boy,” she demanded. “Did you have any clue that he was capable of such heinous crimes?”
I shrugged. “Timmy seemed like a nice kid. He had a keen sense of humor. I got along well with him. Heck, we even have the same hobby.”
I smiled to myself, hoping the reporter wouldn’t decipher my cryptic comment.
James Rumpel is a retired high school math teacher who has enjoyed spending some of his additional free time trying to put some of the weird ideas circling his brain into words.
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Stephanie Ellis is a member of the HWA and writes dark speculative prose and poetry which has been published in a variety of magazines and anthologies. Her work includes the novel, The Five Turns of the Wheel and the gothic novella, Bottled, both via Silver Shamrock Publishing.She can be found at https://stephanieellis.org/ and on twitter @el_Stevie.