I am not particularly satisfied with the quality of my little Flash Fiction story.
But here it is, anyway.
Road Rage - Present Day
When he was about 15 miles from home after his first vacation in 12 years, Drago Scheidler quickly changed lanes, then braked and settled into the old familiar snail's pace of D.C.'s late afternoon traffic gridlock. It would be good to get back to work tomorrow, back in uniform and back in the patrol car.
A loud bang to his left caused Drago to swing his head to face the car's window. Outside, looking in, a huge gorilla of a man stood brandishing a dull black handgun.
Drago thumbed the window open, and then could hear the intruder who was ranting, "Ass hole! You cut me off."
"Calm down, sir," Drago said. His hand moved stealthily into the unzipped travel bag beside him on the seat, then reemerged holding his service pistol, which he held concealed by his side.
"Calm down, shit!" The man screamed. Who's gonna pay for the damage."
Just then another man appeared and he too was waving a gun in the air, a chrome-plated long-barreled six shooter. "Que pasa cabrones, what's happening?" he called out.
"This asshole cut me off," said the first man. "And he's not going to get away with it."
The second man swung his attention to Drago and said, "Hey! -- You insured, Man? You be paying for the damages to the brutha's ride, Man?"
"What damages?" Drago enquired softly.
The first man said, "Not to my car, Dude, damage to my nerves. And for downright disrespect. White mothuhfucka. Got no business..."
Drago, speaking clearly and slowly in a low register said, "The two of you need to calm down."
Both of the men standing amongst the lanes of stalled city traffic turned toward Drago, their weapons coming up to point directly at his face.
Whereupon Drago lifted his service pistol and squeezed its trigger twice, gently and without jerking, as he had been trained to do.
A small hole appeared between the eyes of the first man, who dropped his gun and sank to the street's surface.
The second man also released his grip on his weapon as he grabbed for his smashed nose through which the bullet had entered his brain. He too fell flat on his face.
"Oh Christ," Drago said. "Wouldn't you know it. Just back home and right away a ton of paperwork."
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WORD FOR TODAY
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