Boys and Bones
LAWSON R. WALLACE
Chad takes a big hit of the pipe, he inhales and holds his breath, coughs then wheezes, “Hey Warren, lets trade.” Warren nods and takes a swig from the Bottle of Tequila and passes it to Chad as Chad passes the pipe, Warren takes a hit, thinks for a minute then asks, “ Dude, do you ever have really sick fantasies?” Chad looks at his friend warily and wonders. “ what kind of fantasies? If you try anything Perverted with me, I will hurt you.”
Chad shakes his head as he sucks on the pipe. “ not that kind of fantasy, not with you anyway. I’m talking about something really debouched, something that would get us locked up.” Chad laughs at that, “Warren, our Parents are Rich and we are still juveniles, What’s the worst that can happen?” Chad laughs, “ It’s cool isn’t it? Rules just don’t apply to us.” What kind of sick Fantasy do you want to act out anyway?” Chad is at first horrified, but the more he pictures what Warren is describing the more aroused he becomes. The two friends talk until they are sober, then they crash so they can get an early start in the morning.
They scout out Locations and buy supplies and as they are driving to Warren’s Estate where he lives with his Parents, Chad asks, “ What’s the next step? We need to come up with a way to get people there, but not too many People, we have to control the situation.” Warren nods in agreement then replies, “ There’s the Drive-in burger place where the Greasers and Redneck Kids hang out.” Chad nods with enthusiasm and replies. “ Yeah, they will get a rush from drinking some Rich Kid’s booze and Smoking Rich Kid’s dope.” “ Warren laughs and sneers,” yeah, it sucks too be them.” They both laugh and get in their cars and head to the drive-in.
A few hours later Warren and Chad are Hosting a Party in the Woods, Four Teen-aged girls and three Teen-aged boys are dancing drunkenly around a bonfire when Warren quietly sneaks away to set up the digital Camcorder. “Chad will Freak, I don’t care, I want us to be Famous, this will go Viral in no time.”
The Video was taken down within hours after Warren Posted it, only to pop up again, it was up long enough for Arrest Warrants to get filed for the Quadruple Murders of the hapless Teen-agers that went to the Party in the woods. Warren and Chad’s Parents Retained the best criminal Law Firms in town and hired the best Psychiatrists, After a lengthy Trial that divided the Community along Socio-Economic lines, The Two Boys were declared Insane and sent to an Asylum For Juveniles, where they stayed until they were in their mid-twenties.
Their Parent’s quietly sold their Condos and moved away, the clearing in the woods became a Taboo place that was said to be Haunted, no one ever set foot there until Warren and Chad returned.
They were forbidden by the Courts from ever seeing or communicating with each other ever again, The Judges and their Lawyers made sure that they understood, at their Hearings both young Men were Humble and differential to the judge that heard their Appeals and they showed remorse to the victims of the Families. They Followed the Script written by their attorneys flawlessly. They both smiled and hugged their Parents when they were granted probation.
Ten People sat Grimly watching the News Conference on T.V. They didn’t know each other before their Children were murdered, but since the Murders they have become a tight knit group of friends. As the News Conference ends, one of the men whispers, “I’m going to get sick.” His wife of forty years sobs next to him. “It’s so unfair, where is the justice for us? Or our Children?” The ten Parents talk for hours of the Injustice and the arrogance of the Killers of their Children. “This isn’t the end.” The Father of one of the Victims blurts out. “There will be payback.” “But Honey, they aren’t worth you going to Prison over.” “we can’t afford a Rich Lawyer.” “ I can do it, Doctors don’t give me long anyway,” A pale, tired looking man offers, his Wife chokes back a sob and clutches his hand.
The ten of them talk for hours more and agree to what has to be done.
They work as a Team, Warren and Chad are shadowed, followed everywhere they go. It is easy to follow them because of their Entourage, groupies, Wannabe Satanist and just sad, messed up people want to hang with them. Early that Evening, both young Men return to their Homes at the Court Mandated time, The surveillance continues as they slept.
Chad quietly walks down the stairs and enters his Dad’s Office and boots up the computer and emails Warren. “Lets meet at the Cemetery, I have this Fantasy that I want to act out.” A few minutes Later, Chad responds. “I have been fantasizing too. I want to do it again, when we meet, lets form a plan.” They work out how to stay a step ahead of their Probation Officers and Parents and set a time to meet the next night.
The Old Man follows them at a discrete distance at sits in his car and watches in shocked disbelief as the two Killers enter the cemetery where their victims are Buried, carrying shovels. He quietly reaches for the glove box and removes the handgun and checks to see if it is loaded. The Old Man then quietly gets out and heads to his Son’s grave.
He overhears them whispering excitedly about what they are going too do with the bones of their victims, he shakes angrily as he aims the gun so he uses both hands to steady his aim and fires two shots.