A Secret Grave 65: Savage

 

In the end Roy took care of the problem all by himself. He went too far. He grew so jealous of Leonard’s preferential treatment of Victor, his vile, annoying, disgusting, pathetic younger brother, that he couldn’t stand it anymore. He had to do something, make some sort of statement. Murder was in his heart (the first of the long line of people who would want to murder Victor over the years), but of course the best he could do was beat Victor up, and he’d already done plenty of that. One night he broke into the greenhouse with a crowbar and utterly trashed the place.

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World through Broken Glass, Groman123, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/

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Plants were thrown to the ground and pulverized, the beautiful blooms of flowers shredded, rare herbs and grasses crushed underfoot, notebooks flung about and destroyed – it was a scene of total devastation. When Leonard saw the wreckage the next morning, he wept. Years had been spent building his nursery, and now this savage act. Who would break in and destroy innocent plants like that? But of course, Leonard knew. He dragged Roy out of bed and questioned him. There was a loud argument. Roy lied, pretended he’d been asleep all night, howled at the injustice of it all, tried to pin the event on another boy, a neighborhood thug known to break into houses and steal things like lamps, radios, picture frames. But Leonard wasn’t buying that. Against Evelyn’s wishes he called the police. Roy wasn’t charged, but he was sent to juvy (just to scare the shit out of him) and then to a military-style boarding school.

So now Victor could live in peace. The greenhouse was rebuilt. Victor started ninth grade with a mouthful of braces, a father who adored and cherished him, and a mother who treated him with barely concealed scorn and distrust. She preferred her older son, the one who played sports and ran after girls and maybe didn’t do so well in school, but at least didn’t stay in his room and read all day. That was the son she understood. But Victor didn’t care. To him, Evelyn was a shallow, heartless woman. The person who interested him was Leonard, the excellent surgeon who was always locking himself up in his study at night. Victor wanted to know what he did in there. He wanted a key to Leonard’s most private inner sanctum so he could scope it out.

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Key, Quinn Dombrowski, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/

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To be continued…

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Cover photo ~ http://www.thedynamicturnaround.com/destructiveanger.htm

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