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Wednesday, October 8, 2014
HEX (By James Darko)
The entire room carried the putrid
fragrance of decay. Death’s perfume was overpowering, forcing Einhorn to cup
his hand over his mouth and nose to stifle the stench.
On the first day, Cooper had developed
a nasty cough and terrible flulike symptoms.
On the second day, he was bedridden
and running a high fever.
By day four, Cooper’s skin broke out
in rashes, sores, and blisters that ran up and down his body. And he was
coughing up blood by the handful.
Come day six, Cooper didn’t even have
enough strength to stand on his own two feet or lift his arm up in the air.
Anytime he’d try to stand, his knees would buckle and his body would crumple to
had found himself sequestered to the west wing of his cavernous mansion. The
quarantine was Einhorn’s suggestion, as the doctors were still unsure of
Cooper’s affliction. All tests results had been inconclusive and the doctors
were unaware if this mysterious illness was contagious.
Einhorn came to visit him on the seventh day, Cooper appeared to be oozing the
contents of his guts from every pore. His skin had the pigment and texture of
His wretched features frightened the
children so much that his son and daughter refused to visit him or even bring
him trays of food. Even his wife had grown distant. More and more, it was
Einhorn that Cooper would see bringing him his food or the daily newspaper. And
Einhorn was always wearing gloves and a surgical mask as a safety precaution.
In his perishing state, Cooper had
requested the company of his lawyer so he could draw up his last will and
testament. His stocks had been traded, his assets sold at auction to provide
for the family in the event of his demise. Again, this business had been
conducted by the family lawyer, one of the few men Cooper still trusted with
his money or possessions.
Now with everything in place, Cooper
requested the company of someone else. Einhorn had phoned an old business
associate of Cooper’s, who put him in touch with a man who simply called
“That’s Kash with a K,” the man had
told Einhorn over the phone. “But if you’re planning on paying me with a check,
make sure you spell it with a C.”
Cooper was a businessman, first and
foremost. He was also a liar, a cheat, and a scoundrel. Three months before he
fell ill, Cooper had successfully cheated a woman named Candice Rowan out of
her land. Land that was worth millions in the right hands.
Cooper bought the property out from
under Rowan when she fell behind on her mortgage payments. Even witches have
financial difficulties apparently.
His men started drilling immediately
for oil once Cooper acquired the land. Land that came at a heftier price than
Cooper expected. The price of his health.
Candice made no promises he would
survive this affliction. She only vowed that his wife and children would not
suffer for his indiscretions.
“You’re the first person to stand in
the same room with me without a mask or gloves on. You’re not afraid?”
“I don’t fear death,” Kash said. “I’m
a purveyor of death. Fearing your trade would make for a difficult situation in
“I suppose you’re right,” Cooper said.
“Well, allow me to cut right to the chase. I need you to persuade someone to do
me a favor.”
“I read you loud and clear,” Kash
“No you don’t. I don’t want this
person killed. You can hurt them, smack them around, bully and intimidate them,
but no killing. I need this person to live long enough to reverse the spell.”
“Spell?” Kash scoffed.
“Never mind, just make sure she gets
this message. Tell her that Perry Cooper says to take it off.”
“Take it off,” Kash repeated. “Got it.
I assume you’re not talking about this broad’s clothes?”
“Your assumptions are accurate,”
Cooper said, coughing up a few specks of blood into his open palm. “She’ll know
what it means.”
“Your butler never mentioned it was a
woman,” Kash said. “I’ll have to double my fee for that. Women aren’t really my
style. I don’t have a thing for roughing up pretty dames.”
“Name your price and I’ll see that you
get your money,” Cooper said.
“That’s good enough for me,” Kash
said. “What’s this broad’s name?”
“And what’d this broad do to get you
all riled up?”
“She put me in this bed,” Cooper said.
He lifted his hand as far as he could to show Kash the fresh blood. “She did
this to me. She made me sick, turned my own family against me. Made them fear
“What’d she do, poison you?”
“Something like that. Look, I don’t
have much time. I need you to make this a top priority.”
“You can rely on me,” Kash said with a
Kash’s fee was thirty grand and it was
non-negotiable. Cooper was more than happy to arrange the transfer of fifteen
thousand dollars to one of Kash’s offshore accounts. The other fifteen would be
paid upon completion.
Kash was a reliable hitman, as good as
they come. But he was also known to be a bit sloppy, overzealous. Kash had an
affinity for his job, and he also had a taste for blood. Sometimes he’d spill
more blood than necessary.
So when Kash returned to claim the
rest of his fee with fresh blood under his fingernails, Cooper felt reassured. He
assumed that Kash hadn’t let him down; that Candice Rowan received the message
loud and clear. But the look on Kash’s face said otherwise.
“There was a bit of a problem,” Kash
uttered. “The old lady didn’t take the message too well. She threatened me with
some crazy voodoo mumbo-jumbo. Then she tried to stab me with a sewing needle.
I had to shut her down. I didn’t mean to. It all happened so fast.”
“You fool!” Cooper screamed, which
brought on another coughing fit. “Now the spell can never be reversed. I’m as
good as dead.”
Kash left Cooper’s mansion without the
extra fifteen grand. But he did leave with a splitting headache. As he walked
to his car, he massaged his throbbing temples and noticed for the first time
how hot he was. He pressed one hand to his forehead and discovered he was
But most alarming were the bleeding
sores and oozing blisters that had started to form on his arms and legs…