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The Defender Clack On (Fiction)

This piece is part of a creative challenge by Clack On Fiction named as the defender, embarked upon with talented friends. Each month, a word is set as a theme to inspire a piece of art in their chosen artistic field. I have chosen to write 800-1000 words, fiction or non-fiction. This is Januarys submission with the word: MEASURE

Clack On (Fiction)

Cradling her daughter, Amy didn’t know when and how she had grown up so fast. She was merely 6 pounds baby when she was born. And over time she had become Amelia, the strongly independent and confident woman. Even now as she looked at her lifeless body, she couldn’t believe that her darling Amelia was no more.

Her heart sank, nothing in the world could measure the sadness she felt. Her darling daughter was no more. So many journies they had taken, the tough times, the good times. The walks on the beach, they were the best mother-daughter duo. But ever since she had decided to be a policewoman, Amy knew this day would come.

Putting criminals in jail and fighting for justice was her passion. But there was always the fear in Amy’s mind that one day she might not be able to outsmart the criminals.

And that day came.

She caressed the hair on her daughter’s face and pushed it aside from the face. she kept looking at her lifeless image. Remembering the beautiful woman she had become. But all that was left now was a lifeless body.

The Defender:

But she was still her daughter and Amy couldn’t do anything to protect Amelia. Even when it all happened Amy stood there frozen as the robbers pointed a gun at her. Amy was frozen and couldn’t move. The whole scene began to play in front of her eyes. How she couldn’t defend her daughter while the bank robbers threatened the life of innocents. Only Amelia had the courage to set foot inside the bank and talk it through but when the communication went south.

In a split second, the shooters had pushed the hostage away and aimed a gun at Amelia. Amy’s heart sank and she knew there was nothing that she could do.

Her heart was beating rapidly in her chest as the gunshots were fired directly from the shooter and went through Amelia. As soon as she went to the ground, Amy ran towards her, regardless of what the shooters were saying all she did was shout “she is my daughter”. “You killed my daughter” and as soon as those words left her mouth she was frozen. She tried to hold her daughter and tried CPR but to no avail, her injuries were far more than those that can be healed.

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She died in the arms of her mother and as the final breaths came she heard her mother repeatedly say, “I love you so much, please don’t leave me” Amelia smiled a little in the middle of the stinging pain in her body and gasped a little then let out her last breath. People around her sobbed as the woman who stood for them their defender was no more.

Soon enough Amy was brought back to reality by fellow policemen who were trying to comfort her and separate the two. She reluctantly let go of her daughter’s body and watched it being placed in a body bag. The medics came to Amy and asked her to come in and get the blood removed from the clothes. Her hands and arms were cleaned as she sat numb and her vitals were monitored.

All she knew now was that she had to make the arrangements for the memorial service. So she went home. The body was sent to the morgue. The cause of death was very clear to everyone so no thorough autopsy was needed. Within hours everything was arranged from a tombstone to a casket and a grave. Her daughter’s grave was dug and she was going to be laid in it. Her heart was unable to handle the thoughts that were flooding her mind.

GLEN RIDGE, NJ - MAY 14: Police officers pay their respects during the funeral of Glen Ridge Police Officer Charles Roberts after he passed away from the coronavirus, on May 14, 2020, in Glen Ridge, New Jersey. Officer Roberts, who was 45 years old and a 20-year veteran of the department, is the first officer on the force to die while in service. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images) Salute the defender
GLEN RIDGE, NJ – MAY 14: Police officers pay their respects during the funeral of Glen Ridge Police Officer Charles Roberts after he passed away from the coronavirus, on May 14, 2020, in Glen Ridge, New Jersey. Officer Roberts, who was 45 years old and a 20-year veteran of the department, is the first officer on the force to die while in service. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images) The Defender

The Arrangements:

However, right now she was too focused on ensuring everything went according to plan. She deserved to get the best arrangements for her daughter, the defender. She got the flowers and the people at her precinct were with her to support her in all her decisions. Her partner from the force was especially trying his best to accommodate Amy in every way he could.

His own loss was also a big one as losing a partner on the force is never easy. Especially under these circumstances, this whole situation went down so fast. He sincerely, wished it could have been him who had to go inside to talk to the robbers and he could have been the one to take the shot.

But the force is all about taking risks and doing what you need to do to protect the civilians and give them the life that they deserve. “We serve to Protect” the moto kept playing in his mind. As he saw Amelia’s mother’s struggle with the choices she had to make. She decided to hold the funeral on the same day.

The Deed:

She said, “I will not have my daughter locked up in a freezer for any more time than she has to be” She will be with the Maker soon and I want to put her to rest as soon as I can. Once the body was in the morgue the autopsy team worked quickly to remove the bullets and make her body look presentable. As it was an open casket, her mother also had provided the clothes that she wanted her to wear.

The defender laid to rest:

The devastation of the scene left everyone hurt and the whole precinct mourned the loss of their beloved detective. The ceremony finished and the police detective was laid to rest in her final resting place. Her mother had a life of grieving for her daughter ahead of her. While the people gathered were trying their best to hide the tears. She is and always will be remembered as the defender in the eyes of the people, the Precinct, and the mother.

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Aletta - nowathome
4 months ago

It is a very sad story. Well written.

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