The body was a gray color and cold, it wasn’t a sight for the weak. But for Alesky this was just another case and a case that he didn’t enjoy. He was on duty and was called because of a body in the Stążka River. It was a man in his early thirties, he had on a black suit with a white cuffs. Alesky took his rubber gloved hand and moved the dead man’s arm. He then checked him for ID and found a black leather wallet empty.
“So who is he?” Henryk his partner came behind him.
“He’s just a man, his ID is gone.” Alesky answered.
Karina came by, she was the forensic part of the team, and she also worked at the morgue. “He couldn’t just have fallen, who wears a suit in the woods”
The Polish winter air pushed by them and they all felt a rush of coolness. There was about an inch of snow, it was the beginning of a long winter. Alesky wasn’t a fan of winter, but that was the least of his worries. He felt a little sympathy for this man, he wondered what it would be like to find a love one dead somewhere. He never had to look far to see someone he loved die, it happened in front of him. His parents both died in a car crash, miraculously he survived it. A thought that haunted him in his sleep, even though he was around death from his work, it still bothered him.
“Hey, Alesky.” Henryk shoved him.
“What?” He almost screamed in anger.
“Sorry, you look a little pale.”
“I’m fine. It’s just a dead guy.”
“I know you don’t like death no one does.”
“You think.” Henryk and he were always on loose edges together. It was a mutual friendship at work but out of work they probably would have never talk.
Karina knew what happened to him at a young age, she just gave him a sympathetic look, and he turned away from her. He didn’t like sympathy but he could dish it out well.
Henryk picked up a white card, “Here’s his identification card, his name is Lew Przemysław.”
“It looks like he die from a gunshot wound”, Karina pulled his head forward, and there was a small bullet hole in the back.
“Suicide?” Henryk asked.
She answered, “No he was strangled then shot. A fake suicide. Someone wanted him dead and make it look like a suicide, pretty sloppy work. Alesky what you think?” Her blue eyes stared at him in question.
“Yeah, he was murdered.” He saw another card lay there, it was actually a picture of two mid-teen boys, and they looked like twins. He gave Karina the snapshot.
She glanced at it then spoke, “I think they could be his sons, or brothers.”
“I’m leaving, and get some answers.” Alesky told them two.
Henryk gave him a look but didn’t say what was on his mind, “Go but call me if you see or hear anything.”
“I will.” He walked away from them and the death scene and zipped up his coat. His head throbbed and his mind wasn’t clear. Maybe because it was the picture’s fault. He shook his head, being sentimental was just stupid with his job criteria. So he shook the sadness away and went into town.
Children played on the street while the mothers chatted. He saw a couple of apartments and then a phone booth. He went in the phone booth and looked up Lew’s address. Alesky was happy to see he wasn’t far from the place.
Lew had lived in a quaint little house, on the corner by a cafe and a large apartment house that looked very abandoned. Alesky knocked on the solid oak door and stood there calmly. There wasn’t an answer right away so he knocked again. Then he got success, a woman in a gold cocktail dress and a soft face, was at the door. She was very feminine looking.
“Hello, I work for the police.” He talked fast.
“Well, I’m the land lady here, my husband and I own the apartments and this house.”
“I see does a Lew live here?”
“Lived yes, he moved last September.”
She paused then answered, “He wanted a smaller house, so he chose on of our apartments. Third floor, 320.”
“Can I ask what happened?”
“He was found dead this morning.”
Her glow was gone and she looked like she was going to cry, but held it in. “I see, good bye.” She shut the door on him.
Alesky didn’t blame her, she probably loved him and they might have an affair. He made his away to the apartments, which looked almost dead. The smell was musty and had that death smell to it. He didn’t like where he was at. After making it to the third floor he found the room and knocked. He heard the bolt unlock and then the door had opened.
“Hello.” It was the kid in the picture, well one of them.
“Hi, can I come in?”
“It depends who are you?”
“I work for the police.”
“Oh, please come in then.” He smiled.
The place wasn’t perfect, but it did have some nice art décor and a couple of vintage movie posters. The couch well all the furniture looked worn and the wallpaper seemed like it peeled off.
“I’m Marek, I guess so you would have asked my name.” He didn’t sit but just stood.
“Your right anyone else live here?”
“Yeah my brother Nikolai, he’s not home though. He has film classes today, he likes film history. Sorry I talk too much.” He shut up.
“No, it’s fine. Can I get your age please?”
“17, were both the same age.” He answered.
“Thank you. Please sit down, I have bad news.” Alesky said softly.
“You do, what happened?” His calm face was now in intrigue.
“Does a Lew live here?”
“Yes, I’m guessing its bad news about him. Prison I hope not, he probably didn’t mean too.”
“No, death. We found him dead.”
Marek took a deep breath, “Really, he left three days ago, he was really mad. I thought…” His voice trailed off.
“He found him at the river. Please tell me more about him?” Alesky knew it wasn’t appropriate at this moment but couldn’t wait.
Marek didn’t answer he kept his hands together and was in limbo.
“I’m sorry, I really am. But it was murder and I need some answers.”
“He’s our caretaker, my brother and I.”
“Okay, tell me why did he leave upset three days ago?”
“He has a temper and something pissed him off but doesn’t everyone. So he left and never told us were he was going. But he said he would be back. I think that he did something illegal, we would get money and I never ask how. It didn’t bother me I suppose, he was real nice.”
“Thanks for the information. Now I’m going to have to take you down to indentify the body. Okay?”
“Can I wait until Nikolai get’s home?”
“We’ll pick him up on the way.”
His face was paler now and he seemed like he couldn’t keep back the tears. Alesky turned away to give him some alone time.
“I’m sorry, it’s just I can’t believe he’s dead.” He sniffled.
“It’s alright. Death isn’t easy. How long were you guys under his care?”
The door and happened a cheery Nikolai came inside, “I finished early; you won’t believe the new films I learned about.” He stopped talking and stared at Alesky.
“Hi, I’m a police officer.”
“Oh, what’s the matter? Marek?”
“He’s dead.” Marek said solemnly.
“Oh, really.” It seemed not to bother him.
“That’s all you have to say?” Alesky asked with more curiosity than anything.
“He was a dick and I’m glad he’s gone.” His voice was serious.
“Nikolai, he doesn’t mean that.” Marek said.
“Can I ask why you don’t care for him very much?”
“Sure, he had many traits, he was an abuser, liked to drink, and only cared about himself. He was a jerk, basically. Of course never got by me, but he looked straight at Marek, he thinks that everyone is perfect, and ate up everything Lew said.”
Marek didn’t speak. Alesky knew what he meant, it was clear that he took his frustrations on weaker people and that wouldn’t had been Nikolai but Marek.
“I suppose, let’s go indentify the body and bury him somewhere.”
“You shouldn’t be so cruel.” Marek complained to him.
‘Marek hush, you will be alright, he isn’t worth crying over. He held his brother.
Alesky almost chuckled to himself, first he was freaked out about twins, and second they reminded him of that Canadian film Dead Ringers, which he saw on the late show. A film he loved though, and even bought a copy of it.
“I he was like our father, and he’s dead and you don’t’ care.”
“We have to get going, please.” Alesky broke it up.
“Sorry, he’s over emotional. Come on Marek, I probably know how he died to, a gunshot.”
“That too, he was also strangled.
“Figures.” Nikolai had no feelings for him, it was show.
The auburn hair youth had the attitude as Zbigniew Cybulski did in his films. Of course he wasn’t a killer, just hated the man for what he was. Obvisouly he was protective of his brother and hated Lew.
Alesky finally got them to the morgue, Karina smiled while they walked in.
“Yep that’s him. So you found him in the River.” Nicolai was just too calm for the situation.
“Why did you murder him?” Karina asked.
“No, I wouldn’t waste my time. I’m not going to prison for the likes of him.”
Marek was quiet and clung close to his brother. He looked like he could pass out. It really bothered him, and it shouldn’t because the guy was nuts. But he was the few that showed sympathy tours others even if they wronged them.
Alesky turned to Karina, “Do we have any leads?”
“Its underworld related that’s for sure.”
“Figures that too.” Nikolai commented.
Marek the poor kid didn’t like death either, he threw up. Alesky didn’t think he was going to last long, he just seemed scared of his own shadow. But sadly it almost made him feel about his life especially when he was Marek’s age. He let everyone tell him how to think and do. Then one day he wised up and learned that people treated him like shit. He did a life of crime only because he thought his brother was a real somebody but learned that it was only because he beat up people and carried a gun. Alesky learned that staying with the law was a better idea.
“The smell of death will do that to you.”
“You’re a sweet kid.” Alesky commented under his breath.
“I’m sorry, I don’t deal well. I do like him I mean we had some good times you know”
“Little pills and you’ll be fine. Oh and you shouldn’t say you liked him.”
Alesky turned to Nikolai, “He’s just shocked, and you’re taking this too lightly. Give him a break. He’s not cold”
“I think I know, he is my brother.” He was snappy.
“Sorry.” He rolled his eyes to Karina.
“Hey Henryk called before, forgot to tell you, he wants you to go to the crime scene.”
“Where was it exactly?” Nikolai.
“If you want to see it, come with me. Just don’t touch anything.” How morbid could one kid me, he thought.
The river still looked the same beside the body being there. Nikolai just looked around and muttered to himself.
Henryk stared at him oddly, “Who is he?” He whispered to Alesky.
“He knows him, and wanted to see the crime scene. He doesn’t like him, morbid kid.”
“Well we have our leads, found more of his stuff in the water. He knew some names from the underworld, so that gets me thinking someone wanted him gone. It looks like a hit man or something.”
Alesky thought, oh god, he knew and Henryk knew he knew who it could have been.
“Where is he?”
“My brother, don’t know.” He left it at that.
“Don’t protect him; he wouldn’t do that for you. Remember last year, he shot you. Brotherly love I would say.”
He was about to punch Henryk in the face but kept his anger to himself.
“I do feel bad he did die in the water, you know are Hit men really this sloppy why would they leave him out in the open.” Nikolai asked a smart question.
“I don’t know kid, why you kill him or what?” Henryk was being a dick.
“No, but it just seems odd. When I heard about how he died, a mock suicide.”
The snow started to come down, it was light and fluffy flakes. Alesky brushed them off his black jacket and put on his gloves.
“Never mind, I’ll just let you fine Policemen do your work, bye. Oh and don’t worry about Marek, he’ll be fine.” he told Alesky.
“Good, tell him that if he wants to talk we can.”
“Sure.” The kid left.
“He’s an odd one. Reminds me of someone.”
“Henryk if you want to fight, then we can but if you don’t then shut the hell up.”
“Don’t get bitchy to me because this is a case and if you’re holding anything back then bam you’re going with the killer.”
“My brother didn’t do it, and I don’t think some Hit Man did it either.”
“You’re only saying that because you’re scared to admit that he did or someone he knows did.”
Alesky couldn’t hold back his anger; he punched him in the face. Henryk wiped the blood off his nose, he didn’t punch him back.
“Doubt it, if you have a problem then get off the fucking case.”
Alesky walked off, he couldn’t put up with him. He thought maybe he should jump in the river and end it. Well he could swim but still. He moved his hair away from his eyes and unzipped his jacket. The cool winds felt good on his tension body. He wished that the word brother wasn’t the word of the day. It seem to pop up everywhere, he admired the twins though, they seemed happy to be related. He wondered what it would be like if he had a relationship with his eldest brother. A spark of jealous he felt but it went away. Alesky who had been on the force for three years, he was now 27, and never encounter such of a case that affected him personally.
He walked the riverbanks and the swamp area, just to blow off some steam but it paid off. He noticed a car that was parked in the woods. There were two people in the car, he walked up to it and knocked on the blacken windows. “Can I get a word please, I work for the Police.”
“Sorry,” it was a woman; actually it was the landlord lady.
“No I’m sorry, are you alright.”
“I read the newspaper, and I had to see where he died.”
She was red eyed and look like she could still be in shock.
“You loved him didn’t you?” Alesky couldn’t believe he asked that question.
“That obviously, I did love him. We were going away together; he was going to take me to Warsaw then Berlin.”
“I’m sorry.” Then it hit him, she was a married woman.
“I think I know who killed him.” Her voice got quieter.
“What? Is that why your here?”
“Yes, I saw Nikolai leave and I asked him if the police were down here.
“Was it your husband?”
“No, he didn’t know anything about us. Let me tell you the story, I was there two nights ago, I walked pass his apartment and there was a lot of yelling.
‘You can’t tell me, that Nicolai killed him and dumped him off. Does he have a reason?”
“Well I don’t think that Lew treated him right. He was nice to Nikolai because, I mean Nikolai is just so morbid and well you’ve met him. But Marek he took things to heart, you know. He’s an easy target. So he did hit him sometimes. That bothered Nicolai, so he tried to kill him.”
“Let’s go talk to my partner.”
She told her story to Henryk.
“You really believe this?” He asked her.
“Well I think that he would have done him in yes.”
“He’s a 120 pound kid. I doubt he could have killed a muscular guy like Lew.” Henryk didn’t believe her.
“I was there the night it happened, okay.” She burst in tears.
“What? You saw what happened?” Alesky was extremely surprised.
“Yes, I intervene. Lew was yelling about losing some money and he was in a bad mood. So he took it out on Marek. Nicolai got sick of him and knocked him out with something, I can’t remember. But all I know he killed him.”
Henryk smiled, “No he didn’t kill him. You do you and your husband both. He had money, so you con him, say you love him, and then kill him. I looked into his insurance and it was nice. He had it in your name to have. Weird isn’t it.”
“What? I love him.” She was angry, she bit her lips.
“If you really saw him killed Lew, then why did he dump the body? Where would he have gotten help? You?”
She was speechless.
Alesky spoke up, “Sorry but I have to agree with him.”
“Fine your right, I killed him but not for his money. I wasn’t in love with Lew, I used him to get to Marek. I loved him, so did Lew. You might not know that, but we fought for his love. He was a jerk to him but he did love him. It made Nikolai jealous you know. That’s why he hated him so much. Nobody likes to share you know. So I killed him.” She kept her tears back and was serious.
Alesky felt almost sick to his stomach, what kind of person loved someone but hurt them. No wonder why Marek was so emotional he had three people vying for his attention. Now it got him thinking, Lew probably wasn’t really a mean guy and Nicolai was probably just jealous. Then again he probably was, but still had feelings. How weird did this case sound, he just wanted to get rid of it.
Henryk didn’t speak he just put her in handcuffs. He had nothing to stay, he just looked disgusted.
The case was over and Alesky really didn’t think that she was killer until she confessed. She did it out of spite, love and murder. He had no idea that it was all because of a teenage boy that probably had no idea.
He had left the station before Henryk said sorry and he felt kind of bad for that. He was going to visit his brother, just for old time sake.