This is the 73rd in a series of 365 Flash Fiction stories I’m writing. You can find out more about the challenge here.
Mutual Defence, by Jonathan L. Lawrence, 12th February 2013
Word count: 935
“How does it feel to have cracked the case?”
“I’ve felt better,” Jack Maisey said, his hand pressed against the wound in his side.
“I’m sure you have kid, I’m sure you have,” the MP said crouching low, cleaning the knife wound with the contents of a first aid kit he’d brought down with him. “You’re going to need stitches.”
“Yep,” the young private detective said, “If I live long enough.”
“Don’t be so melodramatic, of course your going to live, I’m not a cold blooded killer,” the MP pressed an absorbent pad into the wound.
“Aren’t you worried I’ll send you down?”
“No, I’m a trusting soul. especially when people’s self interest is at stake. Remember, Mister Maisey, as you think you’ve got on me. It’s on both our interests to leave this place alive, and never mention a word of it again. Understand?” the MP said, pulling the detective to his feet.
“Yeah, I understand,” Jack said. “Okay if we go left at that corner we can make our way out.”
“The quickest way would be back that way,” the MP pointed with his free arm.
“And that’s where they’re waiting for us both, in force.”