(Webstories are where I tell short stories only online. Topics and themes ranges from topic to topic. These are free short stories to read and the below webstory is about a certain person named MR. VALENTINE. Enjoy!) - JAMES D. WATKINS
Claudia Morales is what you would call a 21st century single woman. She's independent. She enjoys her sexual freedom to the point of promiscuity. She doesn't care about her reputation or who she hurts in the process. But someone does care about her reputation and who she hurts. This someone went to high school with Claudia. His name is Donald Houn. Claudia treated Donald very badly in high school and he never forgot it. She wasn't the only female that treated Donald bad in high school, there were others. In the past 8 years those others paid a price for treating Donald bad. They paid with their lives. Not long after graduating, Donald adopted the name Mr. Valentine and he celebrates Valentine's Day in a slightly different way. He tracks down his former loves, and the ones who rejected him and he gives them sweets in a totally different manner. For on this day, Valentine's Day, he is a psychopathic killer.
In those past 8 years the authorities work overtime trying to find this killer named Mr. Valentine. One detective in particular is obsessed with this killer. Detective Namely was put on the 'Valentine Case' after the 2nd year of killings. He has continously push his staff to the point of exhaustion in the attempt to find this killer. One main piece of evidence is the fact that all the of the victims attended the same high school and basically in the same grade level. Only a couple of the victims were in separate grades. The way the victims were murdered are also a big piece of this case. The killer would either slice open the victims back or their stomachs and then proceed to remove their bodily organs meticously and then once all all the organs are removed, the killer would stuff the dead bodies with either flowers or chocolate candy. To Detective Namely, this was beyond sick but also a type of a message and he was determined to find the reasoning and meaning behind it. He and his staff constantly collect evidence and process it throughout the year because they know time is of an essence and another Valentine's Day is quickly approaching.
As Claudia Morales leaves her car she doesn't even lock it because she knows she will enter he apartment and be right back out. She enters her bedroom and retrieves one of her overnight bag. She just recently met a guy in a bar and she plans to see how good he is in bed. Such is the life of Claudia Morales; no hesitation on how she lives her life. What Claudia does not realize is she will be meeting another man tonight and after she meets this man she won't be meeting no one else. Tonight or any other night.
She gets back into her car and proceeds to drive off. As she turns down an one-way street she is stabbed through her neck with a knife. She loses control of the car as Mr. Valentine comes from the backseat holding the knife and twisting it through her neck. He pushes her out of the driver's seat as he jumps out as well and the car crashes into a pole. He quickly resumes his Valentine's Day ritual. At this point Claudia is dead from the knife wound in her neck and it is for the better because he slashes open her back and opens her up like a toy-doll. Due to the car crashing, he knows he doesn't have much time to perform his ritual so he shoves chocolate candy up through her back. As he is killing and stuffing her, he keeps her eyes open. It's part of his Valentine's Day ritual, he wants his victims to look him in the face even if they are dead because he feels satisfaction that the last thing they see before they die is his eyes. Claudia Morales lived life on a chance and now that chance has been taken away by Mr. Valentine.
At 1:45A.M. Detective Namely receives word about Mr. Valentine's latest victim. The crime scene is scouring with investigators, police officers, C.S.I. personnel and the media. Blood samples, DNA and any and all evidence are gathered and studied by Detective Namely and his team. The results are usually the same; the killer is wearing gloves, is careful to not speak as to not leave saliva behind and always leave either some candy or flower petals near the victims body. Frustration is a mild word to describe how Detective Namely feels on these murders and he is hell-bent on stopping it. By going through the victims grades and classmates he begins the long and tedious process of interviewing and investigating the classmates of these victims. Knowing this will mostly likely take at least 6 months to track everyone down, Detective Namely is still determined to go through with it.
As he cuts on the shower, Donald takes off his bloody outfit. This is not just another Valentine's Day but another killing, another payback to those who rejected him. He is done for now, for this year. It is time for him to wash off the blood of those who are filth and have loose morals. To him, they deserve to die. Back in high school these girls were already loose on morals and now with them as adults they believe as if they can do what they want and not pay the price like they did in high school. But according to Donald Houn and his alter-ego Mr. Valentine, they must pay for their indiscretions and whorish ways. But most of all they are paying for the rejections that was inflicted onto him. Their loose morals will be dealt with and they will lose their lives in the process and Mr. Valentine will assist them with that. To him this is not about sex but the power. The power to make those see and pay what they did to him in high school. The power of knowing that his face is the last face they see. This is his orgasm; death and payback. He takes a long hot shower just as he would as if he actually had sex. He is proud of himself and the quick manner in which he did his deed. In a very warped way, to him this is better than sex and he feels good about it.
Detective Namely also knows that the Valentine's Day murders are not about sex. In the past 8 years of the killings, not one of the vicitms were sexually assaulted. To Detective Namely that is a very telling clue because it shows that sex is not a motivating factor in these murders. He will use that information to his advantage as he starts the classmates investigation. He will look for the loner, the student that was isolated from others and the one who practically disappeared after they graduated. There is no doubt in Detective Namely's mind that he will finally catch this killer but what he finds interesting is what kind of a psychological makeup this individual will have. What drove them to this and why on Valentine's Day.
It's Valentine's Day and the mail is pushed under his door. As Donald goes through his mail a faint smile comes across his face. In the midst of his mail is his first Valentine's Day card ever. It is addressed from Jasmin Lawrence, one of his classmates. According to his memory, Jasmin was 80lbs. overweight, bad hygiene and basically had no friends. No one even broke her heart because no one bothered to get close to her. The fact she sent him a Valentine's Day card is surprising to Donald because they were just acquaintances in high school. But this makes him happy and as he leaves for his morning coffee and bagel shop he tucks the Valentine's Day card under his arm. It is an odd sensation but right at this moment he is no longer thinking about murder, revenge, high school or the blood stains that still is fresh on last night's clothing; what's on his mind is how happy he is from receiving this card. This single card brings a different type of smile to his face and he is better for it.
Detective Namely and his lead cop are sitting at this same coffee and bagel shop as they both go over their notes on the Valentine's Day killer. In a very ironic twist, Donald walks in this same shop and takes his usual seat. He orders his usual meal and takes out his Valentine's card and reads it over and over. One thing that catches his eye is how Jasmin signed her name. She put an arrow thru a bloody heart but the supposedly painted heart is still wet. Donald touches the 'paint' and tastes it and devishly smiles. As he smiles he glances around the restaurant and sees Detective Namely going over papers and in a quick moment, Detective Namely happens to look up and catches Donald's faint smile. They both give eye contact to each other and turn away. Detective Namely is back to his notes and Donal is revelling in his Valentine's Day card.
For once in a very long time, Donald is happy. He wants to meet Jasmin Lawrence and he can tell from her card that she wants to meet him. He wonders to himself if he will stop killing during Valentine's Day and will the next Valentine's Day be different. It is ironic because 8 tables away Detective Namely also wonders if they can catch the killer before the next Valentine's Day.
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