Today, He was living the barracks, he has just set another car on fire owned by a uniform man. He didn’t notice the camera overhead..The knock on the door woke him up the next day,there were two of them at the door .
“Yes please?” he frowns peering at them. one of them was pretty good looking, he smiled at him.
“Thomas A. Sweatt? ” The pretty one asks him.
“Do you mind following us to the station please?”
“Why, is there something wrong?”
“we will tell you at the station ” They said stepping away from him and ushering him out of the house.,he frowns. . the red and blue lights of the police car was entering into his eyes, his neighbours had come out of the house, he never liked this attention, he hopes they had a good reason to come ask him to present himself at the station.
“Would I be back before the news at 6, I hate missing the news” he tells the pretty police officer
“Get in the car Mr Thomas, watch your head” he tells him.
“Is that your car sir?” he was sitting before him again.
“No” Thomas lies, how did they get that on tape, he wonders, he had been careful, he has always being careful.
“Mr Thomas,you can see from the video that you were spotted in the barracks and that you had caused that fire injuring a few people in the process and you had driven away in your car. do you have an alibi sir?”
“Yes, i was home watching Tv. You can ask my Tv” he smiles
A side smile , the pretty cop continues “We had people check in your garage just now” He goes through his phone as a message comes in “they have found the incendiary devices , gasoline bottles , recently used. you have been busy sir”
“I am a cook, ”
“How is that any important?”
“How can a cook be involved in arson. ..it doesn’t make any sense ”
“We have been looking for a serial arsonist for years, and everytime during the investigation, we never have concrete evidence to point us to the right direction. But however, two years ago.. we have a finger print, some skin cells and a single hair we found at the scenes of these crimes, and we have run that down on our database and we have been unable to find a match because. .well you have been smart, you never had any criminal case against you, never being arrested and from the outside you are nothing but a good and loyal patriotic citizen.. but, after the incident last night, We wondered if you have been the one who had always eluded us.” he looks up as someone knocks on the door, he ushers him to come in
“This is doctor James, he would be taking your DNA and a string of your hair, for verifications and to prove wether it is a match. So is there anything you want to tell us Mr Thomas?”
“I have told you ..I am a cook. A good cook,you are mistaken..” he stands firm. they had nothing against him. he was calling their bluff
“Hold him down,take his Samples ” The pretty cop tells the guards who were standing at the door ”
“Mr Thomas Sweatt, I am happy to tell you that you are under arrest for Arson, Murder, destruction of lives and properties for years, would you like to confess to these crimes willingly or you would do it infront of a judge. ?”
it was over …He smiled.. Well he had good years. . it had been fun. he was just sad he didn’t get to follow the Cute cop sitting infront of him home. He would have loved to ignite his love of fire for him.
“Yes ..I would like to confess”
“Why did you do all this? I amcurious”
“To set fire to silence the voices i heard” He says laughing
“Book him and read him his entire rights” The pretty cop says
“Okay wait wait wait……What if I make a deal with you, I help you with cases that have been open for years and I get to cut a deal?” he winks at the cop. it happened in the movies all the times, it always worked.
the cute cop thinks for a moment.
“Yes you can help with that and I am sure the judge can give you a good deal”
“Fantastic ” He claps laughing
Thomas Sweatt helps to close 353 cases with the investigators..
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September 5 2005
“Do you think,do you think the judge would let me go now?” Thomas who had been warning his cell asks the pretty cop who comes to get him for his last day of trail, it had been soo long… he wish he could see the sun,feel the breeze on his face and maybe,just maybe feel the fire in his heart again as it rises infront of his eyes
But the pretty cop didn’t answer him, it was as though he was eager to get rid of him. His lawyer had told him to plead guilty, and then he wouldn’t get the gas chamber or the electric chair.
He didn’t want any of that.
“What do you plead Mr Thomas A. sweatt?” The voice of the judge causes him to come back to reality.
“I plead guilty your honour” he smiles. .
Now they would have to let him go, He had confessed, he had helped with the investigation , he had pleaded guilty. ..They would have to let him go.
He had so many things to do, so many pretty men to follow home, He missed playing with fire. it has been too long.. He looks up and sees the pretty cop staring through him.
“Soon pretty one..soon I would come pay you a visit” he muses
Deborah K Chasnow , the District judges stares at Thomas
“Mr Thomas, you have rightly pleaded guilty to your offences which we have evidences, which includes destruction of buildings by fire resulting in personal injury; possession of destructive devices in furtherance of a crime of violence; and in the criminal information originally filed in the District of Columbia, first degree premeditated murder (felony murder) and second degree murder. And as a result of all of the crimes leveled against you, You will be getting a mandatory life sentence . You will be serving your sentence in a Federal Correctional Institution, Terre Haute, Indiana.Take him away”
“No…no..no!!! you don’t understand .. you don’t understand. … “!! he wailed as they drag him away.
“You are supposed to set me free… Set me FREEE! !!”
It’s been years now..new faces have been brought into the prison..
And he wonders if he would ever stop seeing the fire in their eyes..
he turns around…Someone was smoking in the quarter, he walks upto him
Some certain prisoners had certain privileges,especially if a cop likes you.
This one seemed to be liked by a particular cop.
“I wonder, do you mind if I have a smoke”? he approaches him
The man gives him a cigarette and a lighter…
Thomas Sweatt smiles..What next? You decide