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Last significant addition was on 12 May 2020.

 

May 2020 Note: I have decided to re-work most of the short story that's been posted here for the last 8 years or so. I am going to leave just the beginning on the Internet, while I totally re-write the story, according to the new (and hopefully better) plot I came up with.

 

The following is a work in progress, it may leave you "hanging".

Warning: This story contains violence and other absurdities.

 

The General Fund


Dick Rickert, the eye in the sky helicopter guy, was hovering over the freeway, momentarily waiting for the high speed chase to catch up to his position. Soon a line of cars came speeding along with the suspect leading the way. Rickert followed them for about three miles when the front law enforcement vehicle performed a perfect PIT maneuver, sending the suspect's SUV into a spin and roll, winding up upside down in a ditch at the side of the road.

Immediately, a sea of black uniforms surrounded the wreck, pulling out the lone occupant. They then faced him away from them and shot him once in the back of the head. That's what was known as a "field execution". They became the favored method of case disposition ever since the legal upset, when most crimes were afterwards punished with death. Oddly enough, murder was one of the few offenses which still called for incarceration. The logic being, that one should suffer for taking another's life without due process of law. On the other hand, it was considered a public service to decrease the population any way possible. Suicide was actually encouraged; the culture seemed to be going schizophrenic.

Then came the task of writing up the incident report and filling out the paperwork which bills the deceased criminal's next of kin for the costs of the chase and the bullet used. After a few minutes, the white "spirit wagon" came by to haul the corpse away for processing. Rickert, having seen such a spectacle hundreds of times in the past, headed off to the western part of the city to cover an auto accident and associated traffic jam.

 

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