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Loose Ends

Loose Ends

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Published by Bobby D. Lux
Loose Ends is a short story from the collection, The Exciting Life and Death of The Amazing Henry and Other Stories. In this story, set as an autopsy report, a writer goes out in search information on some of his fictional characters, Vinnie and Ernie Morelli.
Loose Ends is a short story from the collection, The Exciting Life and Death of The Amazing Henry and Other Stories. In this story, set as an autopsy report, a writer goes out in search information on some of his fictional characters, Vinnie and Ernie Morelli.

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Published by: Bobby D. Lux on Dec 15, 2010
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Loose Ends © 2010, Bobby D. Lux. All Rights Reserved 1 |Page 
Loose Ends
By Bobby D. LuxFrom
The Exciting Life and Death of The Amazing Henry and Other Stories
O
ffice of the Coroner-Medical Examiner - Case No. 3545-652County of Tunica, Mississippi
Investigation ReportDecedent
: John Doe.
Age
: 25-30.
SEX
: Male.
DOB
: Unknown.
Race
: Wht.
Address
: Unknown.
Occupation
: Presumably writer - fiction?
Reported by
: Local Authorities.
Location of Body
: 50 yards off of Interstate 55, next to a ten-year old black pickup truck.
Type of death
: Apparent Natural_____ Violent__X__ At work__X__ Not at work_____
Description
Hgt
: _5’11_
Wgt
: _205__
Hair
: Drk Bld
Eyes
: Hzl Grn
Narrative Description:
Body shows evidence of massive blunt trauma to the torso and legs with a foreign object ofsome sort. Eight ribs broke in t
otal. Two ribs on victim’s
left side are totally shattered.Upon examination, the lungs are sixty-five percent full of victim
’s own blood and the liver
is punctured.
Victim’s
left kneecap is completely detached and the right fibula is broken in three places.Some slight scratches align the mouth and gums. Several teeth are chipped and/orfractured. The throat is swollen and blue. Upon further investigation, and despite the significant
 
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amount of injury caused by one or more assailants, the immediate cause of death is byasphyxiation.
Upon opening John Doe’s throat
 , a mini cassette tape was discovered lodgedapproximately halfway down his esophagus. Most certainly, this tape is the cause of asphyxiationand death. The tape was still in salvageable condition and was sent immediately to the boys inthe crime lab. The contents of the tape are as follows, word for word:
Tape Begin:
[Seventeen seconds of unremarkable noise and tape scratches.]
JOHN DOE:
In my never ending search to get to the meat and potatoes of what separatesthe Morelli brothers, Vincenzo and Ernesto, from the rest of the mafia underworld, I figured itwas high time to step outside the safe walls of fiction and make-believe to investigate the real lifeMorelli brothers.
I’ve written many storie
s based on these two men, I felt that I owed it to the both of us to make sure my depiction of them was still accurate. My search was long and at manytimes fruitless, but, once in a while, I would stumble upon something that let me know I wasgetting close. The following account is one of the most recent of those episodes.One evening, my adventures found me in the company of one nefarious man by the nameof Donald Santanini, a middleman in the Midwest syndicate, who was long rumored to have hadmultiple run-ins with my two elusive subjects.Luckily, I was able to get some testimony on tape from Mr. Santanini and like all thewriter
s I admire, I’m gonna shut up, get out of the way
 , and let the characters tell this story, soMr. Santanini, you have the floor... or tape, if you will.[Break in the tape of approximately seven seconds until a new voice, somewhat raspy andrapscallion, plays.]
SANTANINI:
Hmmm, I must have been sleeping for a long time. Was I sleeping orknocked out or something? I think I was dreaming; I know that much... so I
couldn’t have been
knocked out, right? I
don’t think they would call it
knocked out
 
if your ability to dream wasn’t
impaired. Yeah... That makes more sense. Y
ou couldn’t be out if part of your brain still
wasworking, right?

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