Jimmy

Jimmy Jimmy lay flat on the ground, his belly pressed tightly to the earth. Green shrubs sheltered him from view. Only one hundred yards of cleared land sat between him and his objective. He had waited five years for this. It so happened that it was five years ago from today that it had happened. The nightmare that had taken place that evening was again playing in his mind. The sound of the first shot echoed through his head. The scream as his mother fell. The futile, retaliatory shots from his father . . . That evening had resulted in the death of both of his parents. He couldn’t help but think that, in some way, it was his fault. If only he hadn’t left his parents alone. If only he hadn’t gone to explore the woods. If only he’d thought to bring a gun with him. If only he hadn’t just stood there watching from the protection of the trees as those lethal bullets found their way into his parents. Then, maybe then, things would have been different. Jimmy couldn’t really blame himself. After all, what could a fifteen year old boy be expected to do under those circumstances? His parents had dreamed of a better life. A life that would bring prosperity and success for the family, specifically for him. They had heard there was rich, fertile land out west. Sadly enough, his parents’ last breaths were drawn only a few hundred miles from their dream. They had been murdered for nothing more than the few dollars and a couple of small pieces of jewelry that they had possessed. The murderers had laughed as they kicked at his dead father, looking for anything of value. They had been quite sure of themselves and wore no masks. Jimmy could still remember their faces as if it was yesterday. The murderers would be brought to justice, come hell or high water, Jimmy had decided. As it turned out, he was complied to track them for the past five years, through both hell and high water. …

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