Basile is a Marine Corps Veteran from Philadelphia, PA. He is the author of "Jade" and "Checkmate" which were published by Scarlet Leaf. He is also the author of “Ghost and Other Stories” published by Smashwords.
J.D wakes up. “Hello, is anyone there, why are my feet chained to this table?”
“J.D is that you,” says the voice.
“Tyler, what are you doing here? Where are we?”
“I can’t see so how am I supposed to know.”
The lights cut on.
“Why is there a revolver on the table,” says J.D.
The door opens and in walks a hooded figure with an Ak-47 and a mask. In a raspy voice the figure says, “Hello, gentlemen, I’m glad you’re awake now we can play.”
“Play what,” says Tyler.
“You’re going to play Russian roulette.”
“Why us,” says Tyler.
“Because I picked you.”
“What if we choose not to play the game,” says J.D.
“Then, I’ll kill both your families and you guys.”
“He’s bluffing, Tyler, I’m not doing shit.”
“Is that so, what’s this then?” The figure throws two pictures on the table.
Tyler rips the picture up.
“How could you, you’re a monster,” says J.D.
“I’m done talking, if one of you isn’t dead in the next five minutes, you know what’s going to happen.” He walks out and closes the door.
“This can’t be happening,” says J.D.
“We’re fucked either way so let’s get this this over with.” He grabs the gun and puts it to his head.
“I guess it’s my turn now.” J.D grabs the gun.
J.D sighs and slides the gun over to Tyler.
Over an intercom someone says, “I forgot to mention, both of you have done the other dirty but the other doesn’t know what. You can both live if the secrets come out. You have 3 minutes and 45 seconds.”
“Tyler, what did you do?”
“I should be asking you what you did.”
“I didn’t do anything I would never hurt you man.”
Tyler takes his turn and slides the gun back to J.D. “Well obviously you did.”
“He’s a monster, he’s lying why would you believe him.”
“Because I have a secret, but I won’t tell you until you tell yours first.”
J.D grabs the gun and takes his turn. “How could you Tyler, you were my best friend?” He slides the gun back to him.
“Shit happens J.D.” He takes his turn and lets out a sigh of relief. “Sorry, I guess it’s your turn.” He slides the gun over to him.
Over the intercom a voice says, “You have 30 seconds.”
J. D’s face gets red and begins to cry. “I’m sorry man, I cheated on my wife with your wife.”
Tyler’s face stays serious. “I know.”
As J.D pulls the trigger. Tyler says, “I set you up today.”
The gun doesn’t go off and J.D throws it away. “You did what?”
Tyler gets up and move toward the door. “I know you fucked my wife and she became pregnant as a result. That’s why she’s dead.”
“What are you going to happen to my family?”
The hooded figure opens the door and walks in. “Your family was never in danger.” The hooded figure removes the mask and hood.
“Carmen,” J.D says.
She laughs, “You’re never leaving this room.”
“Please let me out, I’m sorry.”
Tyler walks out, and Carmen stands at the door.
“Get back here, you can’t do this to me. You won’t get away with this.”
“I can, and I will.” She closes the door walking away from the sounds of his screams.