© 2011 Josh distant-towers

Guide to Reality: Excerpt 2

“Forgiveness is a sickness that robs us the satisfaction of revenge. ”

David Sunfeather, a navajo resident of new Mexico returned home from a three day trip to his grandfather’s cabin to find his house had become a crime scene. His wife had been murdered by a vagrant who had broken into the house, ostensibly to rob it. The police had information about the vagrants identity but had not yet apprehended him.

The investigation dragged on for weeks with no results and David soon came to understand that the police weren’t making the requisite effort or any progress. Taking it upon himself to bring his wife’s killer to justice, David spent weeks and a sizable amount of money working with a number of private detectives to track down the culprit.

David, after three months, finally tracked down Justin Baegar, his wife’s killer, and found him living in a church sponsored shelter in Mesa Arizona. Justin had spent the intervening time in a state of terrible, crippling remorse and had not only shaken a consuming addiction to heroin and methamphetamine, but had become a devoted volunteer in the shelter helping other people overcome their hardships.

David observed Justin for a few days, planning on when and how to take his revenge, and was losing resolve as he saw what Justin had been doing with his time.

No stranger to substance abuse himself , David turned to alcohol to steady himself and commit to the resolution of the vengeance. David arrived that night at the shelter, so drunk that he could barely stand, clutching the broken shard of mirror from his wife’s vanity, a mirror that she spent the first and last minutes of every day with, which had been broken, during the fatal robbery.

Upon confronting justin, David clutched the broken mirror so tightly that he broke it, driving shards of glass so deep into his hand that he rendered it almost useless. Justin, clueless as to who the irate, drunk, and badly injured man was, immediately began tending to his wound, despite struggles and protests.

When David awoke a few hours later, still drunk, but lucid, he found Justin, with genuine concern, waiting nearby with water and aspirin. The compassion and concern was so plain upon justin’s face that david chose, in that moment, to keep his identity and purpose a secret. When he was sober enough, he drove back home to new mexico.

His revenge unfulfilled, David suffered alone for as long as he could, numbing his loss and loneliness with alcohol at first, then stronger drugs, and soon afterwards David killed himself.

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