A light rain was falling but I walked anyway. Maybe what I needed was to soak my head.
I pulled up my collar and pulled my hat down over my eyes and started down along the street. I probably cut a suspicious figure like that but I didn’t care. Let people think I was anything they liked.
I’d never had to do anything like this before. I ran a hand over the lump in my pocket. Could I do it? That pocket was worth a lot of money, but even more if I did my job right.
With each passing car I was doused by a spray of water, but personal appearance was the last thing on my mind.
By the time I reached my destination I was soaked to the skin. I felt cold and shivery and shriveled. Each step was heavier than I could carry, but I’m not sure it was just the weight of water. I was miserable—no more miserable than I had been for the past few days.
The rain pounded down around me, sparkling under the streetlights. Cars roared through the water on the roads as they crawled back and forth. I looked across the street at the square of light overhead and the figure standing in it.
Watching her silhouette, I asked myself again if I was doing the right thing. The right thing—maybe, but who for? I reached into my pocket, opened and closed the casing, fingered the little circle that would finish this whole business soon.
I had to do this.
Ready, aim, fire.
Just cross the street.
I’ve done it a hundred times before.
Climb the steps.
Take a deep breath.
Ring the doorbell.
I reached into my pocket one more time just to remind myself it was there.
A large, broad-shouldered man opened the door.
Deep breath. “Good evening, Mr. Jones. Is your daughter home?”