Walking through the corridor of that dreadful jail, I was still thinking about how he could be murdered. I reached the spot he was lying upside down in one of the private prisons. But this time he was a bit lean probably due to jail’s food. I turned to inspector John asking “How did it happen in midst of such tight security?”
“Sir, I have a perfect explanation for this...” he replied.
Murder at jail!!!
As usual Tuesday’s morning was busy and sunny, the central jail was buzzing with all wireless and commandant was shouting and yelling at each of his juniors “I want everyone to examine keenly.” The final year exams of engineering were about to start. One of the most clever and cruel minds was about to give his exam.
“Sir, the exam council is online,” said a junior after his phone buzzed.
“Yes, sir everything is set. You can send the invigilator” acknowledged the commandant putting down his receiver.
“Sir, may I come in?” Inspector John asked. Commandant gave a positive nod saying “Has he been shifted to the private cell?”
Before John responded Commandant continued “Make sure there should not be a single material which he can use to harm the invigilator and have you appointed the guards who will be guarding the cell? Because I don’t want to take any chance” the commandant spoke in an ordering tone.
“Yes, sir I have already appointed sub-inspector Abraham and Murray.”
“Good… very good probably this time you are too serious on your promotion hahaha…” said the Commandant.
“Well what is he doing?” asked Commandant.
Meanwhile, in one of the prisons, Mr. Elves was preparing for the exam. Mr. Elves a man in his late thirties was the biggest criminal mind but still had an interest in studying and was doing engineering through prison though being interested in being a biologist.
“Hey Elves...” cried Murray in his regular rude tone.
“No Murray he is “Mr. Elf” hahaha…” said Abraham teasing Mr. Elves.
“You morons can you chuck it or else you know what I can do,” said Mr. Elves.
“Yeah… yea…… now like a nice girl strip and get ready for your exam,” said Mr. Murray.
“You...” outraged Mr. Elves.
“Aah… keep your pants down Mr. Elf” ordered Abraham.
Mr Elves carried on with his work while Abraham opened the prison and Murray handcuffed him. Mr Elves was taken to the special prison which was totally made up of steel. Inside the room, only two tables and two chairs were placed in the middle. At the same time near the gate the priest arrived. He was checked by the door guards.
“Oh! Please don’t tear them they are exam papers” said the priest.
“I am sorry sir, what is this?” asked the guard pointing to a red cushion.
“Oh that’s my cushion for my piles, you know how they are,” said the priest feeling shy.
“Yeah, I can understand. Well, you may go inside and be careful sir.”
“God bless you, my child.”
The priest was accompanied by Inspector John to the private cell where Mr. Elves was seated. Abraham and Murray who were chit-chatting at the entrance of the cell got into positions seeing John. They saluted Inspector John and Murray opened the cell. The priest entered the cell and Murray closed the door behind and Inspector John commands both of them to be alert and leaves to his daily rounds.
“Well, let’s continue with your story although we have two and half hours to spare,” said Abraham.
“Oh yeah but we also need to pay a bit attention to what’s going on inside” suggested Murray.
“Yeah… I know” said Abraham in a careless tone. It was all normal until two hours fifteen minutes. Suddenly the commandant’s phone rang and it was from the exam board. To his surprise, they said the priest was busy up till now and he was about to leave for jail right away. The commandant’s head started ringing and he immediately called Inspector John but unfortunately, Inspector John was in his rounds. So the commandant rushed towards the private cell. Meanwhile, Abraham opened the door and accompanied the priest to the main gate and he gave a nice send off to the priest. Commandant reached the cell and cried at Murray to open the door. Murray was totally confused hurriedly opened the door and to their surprise, Mr. Elves was beaten to death. Both of them rushed to the main gates and ordered the guards to alert everyone. Anon alarms went on.
“This was what had happened,” said Inspector John almost out of breath. “By the time I could reach it was all done.”
“I told you beforehand not to entertain those morons but you didn’t,” said the Commandant furiously.
“Sir I am regretting what has happened but…..”
Suddenly there is a movement in the dead body and everyone gets alert.
“He’s alive quickly take him to the hospital” cried Murray.
Murray called the compounders standing near the ambulance which arrived as soon as the sirens went off and he accompanied them. The ambulance tires screeched as it rushed towards the main entrance of the jail.
The ambulance siren was slowly fading away and detective Andrew shouted “Stop the vehicle! Go fast and stop it damn it, you guys.”
“What’s the matter, detective?” Inspector John asked Andrew while sending the guards and alerting all the officers from his walkie-talkie.
“Do you call yourself policemen? Can’t you guys even predict that blood dries in just sixty minutes and the mishap has just occurred half an hour ago which means it is not blood it was just red colour water? Damn you, morons!”
Andrew hastily opened the car door and requested Inspector John to accompany him. Luke started the vehicle and the engine roared to life. Andrew was still thinking about Mr. Elves while Luke was calling him. His touch made Andrew come out of his trance and Luke asked: “Sir, why are you so much worried about a mere criminal?”
Andrew getting tensed checked his time and replied, “He is not just a mere criminal. He is a friend of mine.”
Luke was shocked and said, “Wh... What!”
Andrew replied in a reassuring tone “Yes we were childhood friends and I don’t know how he changed so much.”
A Childhood Friend
It was another day in school amongst all those bullies which made me loath my school. One day while I was being played by my friends, a pair of skinny legs appeared in front of me. He lent his hand and I stood up taking his support. He introduced himself as Elves and stopped others.
We became best friends and he was a very good chess player apart from many talented aspects. We completed our under graduation from the same high school, after which he pursued life sciences and I pursued law.
After starting my service as a detective I solved many cases. One day a case was issued to me and it encompassed the following details “A renowned scientist of national chemical laboratories was killed. The strange thing was that the scientist played chess with someone before his death. I thought it might be the killer he played chess with. To my surprise, it was a perfect stalemate situation from the scientist’s side. However, the cause of death was brain hemorrhage and that was because he was subjected to ultrasonic sounds.
Another clue was that the scientist held a queen in his right hand. Fun fact was it wasn’t the end of killings as a series of murders took place in the same manner in just a time span of three weeks and scientist were being targeted.
The government was pressurizing me as I was in charge of the case. I reinvestigated the case and observed everything keenly and I was perplexed seeing the chessboard arrangement and presumed it to be a coincidence as the playing pattern was same as that Elves.
I called him immediately to help me to solve this case. We had a nice time and that night after remembering those good old days & I told him about the case and showed him the photos of the crime scene.
I asked him for a game so that we can study the case properly but something else was going on in his mind and he had almost killed me.”
Suddenly Luke stopped his car and turned back.
I replied saying “You know bats are the only living beings which can be hypnotized easily but to snap them out is a difficult task and Mr. Elves used it as a weapon”
That night, while we’re playing the same stalemate situation, appeared and he took out a rook from his pocket and opened it. From it came out a small bat. It flew near my ear producing some type of sound which was too irritating. He was controlling that bat using his hand gestures and he hypnotized the bat and to trigger it he used the word stalemate.
Luckily I guessed his move and caught his arm. However, the bat did not stop and I was losing my grip.
“You got brains Andrew” he started with a cruel tone.
He smiled and continued “I thought you will arrest me as soon as we meet but you were asking for the killer’s help to catch the killer himself.”
“The scientists I killed didn’t like my invention and rejected to present it in front of the world. Even when I had invented such a seed that can be grown anywhere in minutes and can be feed to any living being on earth he said no as humans have no potential to digest it. So I made a few changes in my invention and fed it to this bat and used it to kill him.”
While I was losing my consciousness my partner Mr. Stuart took control over the situation and arrested Mr. Elves.
Now that we are heading to his lab which is the place where his work is stored. We have no other option but kill him. As Andrew walked into the lab he saw Elves waiting for him. Andrew asked “After a long time my friend. How have you been?”
Mr. Elves laughed and was already guiding his bats to attack in the meantime Luke and John who just came in shot him down.