January 5 - Thoughts And Prayers
There’s a tension in the air, for a moment: the tension of a life, hung in the balance. I take a deep breath. I pull the trigger.
My target (his name is Paul Rickor, though that doesn’t matter) collapses to the ground. There’s a bullet through his heart now. Very few survive that, and even fewer do when they already live alone. A clean kill, I think to myself, pulling the scope off my rifle. It was a simple job, and it’s done now.
Somewhere within me, in a part of me I try to keep isolated from my profession, there’s a whisper. It breaches its containment, popping the bubble I hide it in. Clean, sure. But you’ve only made the world worse.
I breathe the long sigh of a professional sharpshooter, lungs attuned to the gentle twitches of my body. This guy, I think back to myself, this guy wasn’t a good guy. Getting rid of him has made some people’s lives better.
A mind cannot sigh, though mine tries. Sure sure, some people may be happier now. But really, what kind of people even hire a hitman in the first place? They aren’t good people themselves, and making them happier isn’t improving the world.
My rifle is packed into a sleek metal briefcase at this point, my muscle memory carrying me through the process even as the more conscious parts of me fight with each other. It’s a living, alright?
There’s a pause, while those sealed-up parts of me consider this. I suppose so. It’s hard to reconcile, isn’t it?
“Yeah,” I mutter walking away from my little sniper’s nest. “It is.”