500 Word Short Story
Check Mate
Scott A. Gese

500 Word Short Story

Everything about her was a lie.

It had to be. It was the only way to be sure she wasn't found out. The assignment was dangerous, but Sarah was absolutely the best person to pull it off. People were counting on her to do what no one had dared to attempt. She was to be embedded deep within the Gardino family crime syndicate.

Sarah was a total fabrication from her birth certificate to her breast implants. Louis Gardino and his closest confidants had been extensively vetted. Nothing was left to chance. Sarah knew their favorite drink, smoke, food, taste in women, aftershave, toothpaste. All things above and below the beltline. The list was extensive and Sarah knew it well enough to play Louis Gardino and the others like a chess tournament grand master.

Her assignment was to gather information on the families illegal drug and gambling activities. An extensive dossier needed to be built before the family could be brought down. The current information wouldn't hold up against the high powered lawyers employed by the organization.

Sarah was ready. The show was about to begin. She was to be “dropped off” at the Excelsior. A posh restaurant on the East side. She entered with a date. They were seated at a table where she faced Louis Gardino. She paid no attention to him, but he noticed her. Her hair, her dress, the way she held her cigarette. It all went as planned. Gardino couldn't help himself. He had to make an introduction. When he did, he smelled her perfume. It was all too easy.

Before the evening was over Louis Gardino left the restaurant with Sarah at his arm. She was his for the night.

For the next two weeks she divided her time between her luxury apartment and his penthouse suite. The first morning she was picked up, two men swept her apartment looking for bugs or anything that might incriminate her. They found nothing. From then on, it was a spot check every few days. Sarah was careful. She had to be. They always found her clean.

Gardino's lawyers did an extensive background check. Other than a well placed speeding ticket tying her to a certain place, at a certain time, on a certain day, there was nothing. The ticket was scrutinized and she was asked about it. She answered their questions to everyone's satisfaction...except for one. Louis Gardino himself. Everything was too perfect, too clean, too...unnatural. “Everyone makes mistakes.” He had said it many times. Sarah squeaked and he didn't like it. He summoned his younger brother, Angelo. “Something's not right with Sarah. I can feel it in my gut. Dig a little deeper into this ticket thing.”

Within a week, Angelo had an answer for Louis. They discussed how to best handle the situation.

Sarah's people were getting nervous. She had been silent for several days. A week later Sarah's body was pulled from the East river.

Her real drivers license was stuffed in her mouth.

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