Silent City by Alex Segura
The microwave beep – announcing that her popcorn was done – startled Kathy Bentley for a second. The noise was also enough to jolt her small gray cat, Nigel from her lap and tip over the little bit of white wine still residing in her glass. Kathy sighed and plopped the glass on the table separating her couch from the television. She paused her well-worn DVD of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and sauntered into the kitchen, where Nigel sat waiting, eyes wide, wondering if whatever was coming out of the microwave could, just maybe, be for him.
“I’m going to enjoy destroying you.” Pete felt Contreras’s spittle hit the back of his neck as he closed his eyes, trying to shut out the pain. What a failure. What a disaster he had made of his life. This was how it was going to end?