**Hey folks this is a reprint of part 4 of The Man With the Hazy Suit that originally ran on June 12, 2010. I have been few and far between regular posts this summer, and that is the same thing that has killed some of my favorite TV shows, like Alias. So I am going to rerun the whole story and finish it strong! Thanks for reading for the first time or rereading if you have been here before. The Choose your own adventure aspect is not available anymore.**
Hello there! I hope you have had a great week and are ready to dive right in to another episode of The Man in the Hazy Suit. Thanks for indulging me last week with the poem, it really is one of my favorite things I have ever written. I will have to post some of the fun exercises we had in some old writing classes where we had to make a sentence with as many words as possible, without being a run on sentence. I got pretty good at it and held the record in the class that year.
But that is not today! Today we are back in the Haze….
Previously in the Man in the Hazy Suit:
Police detective Thompson was wrapping up a crime scene when he found a scrap of paper in the dead man’s posessions. The paper led him to the bus station and a locker that was filled with legal pads, all written by the deceased man. Sergeant Thompson is currently reading the legal pads which are spelling out a strange narrative and a chronicle of a serial killers murders, that somehow the man writing the story knows before they happen, if only by moments. So far our writer has witnessed 3 deaths with apparently more to come…
When we left our story last time:
I woke up with a start, sitting in my chair, sweating in my Bagel Hut uniform. Luckily I had tonight off from the Taco Barn. I was going to sit here and try to rest up. These last few nights have been hard.
I got up to change my clothes and take a shower. I smelled of bagels and fear sweat and slightly of gasoline, but that must have been my imagination. Cleaned and refreshed I headed to the kitchen to make some dinner. I flipped on the television as I walked past. The commercial ended and of course the news came on.
The reporter started, “And in a sad story, local university student…” I dropped the pan I was getting out as Karen’s picture flashed on the screen. “…was killed last night just off of campus. She appears to have been beaten and then set on fire. Police are investigating similarities between this murder and a few others that have been happening lately. More on this story as we go to…” I had seen her leave with the man in the hazy suit. I could have stopped this one as well. What was going on???
And today we join the story already in progress:
I sat down on the floor, dumbfounded. My jaw hung limply open. I had seen this girl before she was killed. I didn’t know what to do. Why was I seeing these people before their deaths? I should be glad I didn’t see the later deaths themselves.
I spent the next few hours with the TV off. I didn’t want to see any more of my dreams being reported to me. I did mundane things during that time. I cleaned up my apartment, I paid some bills, I ate some food and washed the dishes. All very normal things.
When bedtime rolled around I changed into my most comfortable flannel pants and t-shirt and went to bed having not thought of a killing for at least 3 hours now. Little did I know, that was about to change.
I was following the Man in the Hazy Suit again. I felt pulled along behind him, never gaining, never losing his pace. We were walking down one of the main streets in town again, not far from the place where he had killed the two girls and lit their car on fire. He held the red plastic gas can in his left hand. His right hand was concealed in the pocket of his hazy overcoat.
We walked past the police tape that marked where the burning car had been and continued. We finally slowed in front of Jakes Discount Auto Parts. There were two girls there, cell phones in hand arguing. The first one was skinny with limp brown hair and a nose ring. The second, a classic brunette with the most gorgeous green eyes I had ever seen. I knew both of these girls. January Dixon had the nose ring and Faith Harper was one I had asked out at least 20 times.
She was always nice when she turned me down though. I kept trying even though I knew she would never go out with the tall skinny kid who worked two jobs. It was nice to hope for something that positive. I had even given her a Christmas present last year, an old fashioned phone from the 1940’s, one of the units with the earpiece separate from the mouthpiece.
I had spent hours dreaming of her lips talking into that phone, on the line to me and to the matching phone that I had on the counter in the kitchen. I don’t know if she ever even took it out of the box when she got home. She had opened the gift and thanked me for it when she could have thrown it in my face.
Now she was here being watched by the man in the Hazy Suit. January Dixon was talking loudly and very animatedly to Faith. She didn’t notice the Man or me for that matter. She was almost yelling, “And I get this text message from Jakes auto parts that my part is in. I have never ordered a part for my car!” It was very strange.
The Man in the Hazy Suit watched the two girls with the same detached indifference that he showed on this street before. He stood stock still, his head slightly cocked to the right, showing me an almost profile of his face. His old fashioned fedora sat on his head, pulled lower over his eyes, as if he were in a strong wind and didn’t want it to fall off.
He turned a bit more to the right and winked at me. I had a bad feeling he had chosen someone else that I would see on the news. He grinned and began to walk down the street, leaving the girls behind. I woke up in a panic. I knew these girls and maybe I could stop what was going to happen.
I ran to my kitchen, barely noting the open front door and found the business cards for the two cops that had visited me a few days earlier. I dialed the number on the card and asked for Patrolman Thompson. I was going to prevent these murders.
Join us next week for more in the Saga of The Man in the Hazy Suit!
I am sorry to tell you that the choose your own adventure thing didn’t pan out like I was planning on so for now I am just following the story as it comes. If you have any suggestions or ideas, please leave them in the comments!
Thanks for reading,