Inspiration comes from weird places sometimes. I play a free online game called Forge of Empires. The game allows your neighbors to attack and rob you once a day. It’s quite annoying when you’re constantly the one supplying someone else, simply because he’s stronger. I had one guy who hit me every day. I finally decided I would use him as the murder victim in a story. Thus He Needed Killin’ was born. For fun, I put a game friend, Toria, in as a private investigator.
“He’s not wrong,” Toria said. “I’ve met Lowell. I was investigating the death of one of his clients, which was somewhat suspicious. After he refused to tell me anything about her, he hit on me. Invited me to a foot fetish party he was having at his house. It’s up in Hollywood Hills somewhere. He said there was a great view of the Hollywood sign from his bed.”
“Was there?” Flynn Cardinal asked without thinking.
Toria threw a balled up napkin at him, hitting him in the face. “I don’t know. I didn’t go.”
“Of course you didn’t. I’m sorry.”
© 2017 Dellani Oakes