Reign Of Terror by Chris Morin
Chapter 5 - Ax and you shall receive.
Ike knew he needed to act fast. The remains of the
nursing home woman would soon be identified and the
car's license plate number would be sent to every cruiser in the area.
Ike decided to take an unscheduled
left off of the main road. The change in direction awakened Speed who
fast asleep in the passenger seat.
"Where are we going Ike?"
"We're taking a little detour. We're going to
pay a visit to Troutman's house."
"What do you mean we are going to Troutman's house?"
"We have to Speed. There is no other way. We have
to get Troutman before he gets us. Troutman would never expect a
visitor in his own home, let alone us. That's what makes this so
perfect. We'll kill Troutman, get to the cabin and dump the car."
The boys parked the car in an alley a couple of
from Troutman's house. Being late at night, the boys went unnoticed as
made their way to Troutman's home. They found the Inspector's back
and Speed saw an ax used for chopping wood sticking out of
a log. He picked it up.
"This might be useful."
The boys entered the house through an unlocked
window. Ike surveyed the kitchen and found a knife block on the
He pulled out the big chef's knife. Speed, still wielding the ax,
had found the living room. He noticed a familiar face in a picture on
mantle of the fireplace.
"Hey Ike, look at this. It's Mom."
Ike walked over to the living room, knife in hand.
"What's he doing with a picture of mom?"
The boys were interrupted by the sound of a car
in the driveway.
"Quick, get behind me Speedy. We'll surprise him
when he gets in."
The boys waited behind the front door. A car door
slammed and then keys were heard jingling. A
key entered the front door lock and the lock was opened. The doorknob
and the door opened. Troutman walked directly into the house but did
close the front door.
The boys didn't make a sound as they descended on
Ike stayed behind and stood in front of the open doorway as Speed swung
ax at Troutman. Having very little time to respond to the situation,
pulled out his gun and tried to jump out of the way. Unfortunately, the
ax embeded into his
thigh. Troutman reeled in pain and the gun fell underneath the couch.
Ike looked on in complete joy. Troutman
the ax but Speed kicked him in the head and the ax fell to the floor.
picked up the ax and again brought it to bear on the Inspector.
"Kill him Speed! Do it now!"
Speed just stood there. He stared at the wound on Troutman's
leg and a vision of his dead mother flashed before him; a kind and
woman pleading for Speed to stop.
"Speed, kill him,"
Speed just stared at Troutman as another vision of
his mother flashed before his eyes. She was in
her bed begging for mercy as her son was killing her. Another vision of
the prison guard appeared.
His eyes were in total disbelief as the plastic fork jammed into
neck. The truck driver appeared next. His face full of surprise as the
emerged from the laundry bags in the back of his truck.
yelled Ike once again.
The boys failed to notice that Captain Morgan had
been in the car with Troutman. He was waiting for Troutman to return
with a report he had left in his house. When Morgan heard the yelling,
he got out of the car and ran toward the house. He pulled out his
his link to the search crew out looking for the Crenshaw brothers, and
depressed its button.
"This is Captain Morgan. I need backup at 1131
Road ASAP. Suspects are here and an officer is down. I repeat an
Morgan reached for his gun, but realized he
had left it in the car. Not wanting to waste any more time, he grabbed
push broom that was leaning against the house. He came up from behind
Ike and hit him in the head with
the broom handle. Ike fell to the floor.
Speed sensed Troutman's goodness but knew it was
too late to turn back. But Speed's delay was enough for Troutman to
Speed in the chest knocking the ax out of his hand and sending the boy
tumbling to the floor.
Troutman did a forwad roll and grabbed the ax. As
he got to his feet, he spun around with the ax just as Speed recovered
long enough to put his head up to see what was happening. The ax sliced
through Speed's neck. Blood sprayed across the room as Ike recovered in
to see the carnage.
"SPEED! My God! What have you done to him!"
Troutman collapsed as his leg gave out and blood
from the wound. Troutman dropped the ax and took off his coat and tied
around his leg to help stop the bleeding.
Ike tried to get to his feet but Captain Morgan
wound up for another swing with the broom handle.
Ike had other plans.
Troutman's warning was too late. The Captain was cut
down before he could make another swing. The knife Morgan failed to
underneath Ike pierced Morgan's heart. Ike got to his feet and slowly
walked over to his brother. He picked up Speed's head and placed it
rest of his body. He looked up at Troutman with eyes full of rage and
"And now Troutman, you will pay for all you have
done to my family!"
Troutman knew he was in big trouble. It was a very
bad gash on his thigh and he was losing a lot of blood at an alarming
If not for the fact that Speed was a little small for his age, he may
lost his whole leg. He was beginning to feel a little dizzy. Ike had
at a terrible disadvantage.
"Oh yes, I will have fun destroying you, Inspector."
Troutman grabbed the ax and threw it with all of
his might at Ike. It hit the boy in the arm. Blood flowed freely out of
the wound as Ike was knocked to the floor. After a moment of recovery,
pulled the ax out of his arm and got to his feet. Sirens could be heard
"Can I ax you a question Troutman? Heh heh. Do
you mind if we continue this some other time?"
Tired and out of breath Ike ran out of the house.
"This ain't over Troutman."
Troutman's vision turned black.