Although I am not my brother’s keeper, I feel some responsibility for his actions. He is really quite insane you know. That is why I called the police when I found blood spattered all over the kitchen.
You say he is dead. How could he kill all those people and be dead? People say he drowned in the lake many years ago. But he is alive. He lives in the woods. Who else buried those bodies in our backyard?
It could not have been me. I am not a killer. I don’t even like stepping on ants.
No my brother Paul killed all those people. Yes, I will submit to a lie detector test and I do not need a lawyer. Why would I need a lawyer? I am innocent.
I did not call sooner because I did not know Paul killed anyone until that morning.
I don’t know his whereabouts. I am not my brother’s keeper.
Mark Kodama is a trial attorney and former newspaper reporter who lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and two sons. He is currently working on Las Vegas Tales, a work of philosophy, sugar-coated with meter and rhyme and told through stories. More than 150 of his short stories, poems and essays have been published in anthologies, including those published by Black Hare Press, Clarendon Publishing House, Eerie River Publishing, Escaped Ink Press and Devil’s Party Press. His stories and poems have appeared in Writers and Readers Magazine, the Academy of Hearts and Mind Magazine, Café Lit, Commuter Lit, Dastaan World Magazine, Dissident Voice, Jakob’s Horror Box, Indie’s Nest, Inner Circle Writers’ Group Magazine, Literary Yard, Magazine of History and Fiction, Mercurial Stories, Portland Metrozine, Potato Soup Journal, PPP Ezine, Spillwords, Tuck Magazine and World of Myths Magazine. His stories and poems appear in Ancients, Apocalypse, Blaze, Cadence, Unravel, Dragon Bone Soup, Enigma, Fox Hollow Stories, Glamour, Hate, Tall Tales and Short Stories, Gleam, Fireburst, Latin Anthology, Maelstrom, Pride, Tempest and What Sort of Fuckery Is This? “Land of the Pharaohs” won Story of the Month at World of Myths and “The Summer Camp” appears in Potato Soup Journal, Volume 1, Issue 1 (Best of).