Author : V.L. Ilian
With only a beep the small wrist recorder came to life extending its minute sensors.
â€œCasefile 2501 /12â€“ Primary analysis of crimescene. Hello Nekoâ€¦ what do we have today?â€
A rather tall man in a containment suit approached. â€œWell detective, weâ€™ve finished setting up the stasis field in the alley. Victim is a female, 16 years of age by all indicationsâ€
â€œNot determined. Her retinas are unreadable due to heavy drug use prior to death. DNA hasnâ€™t turned up a match yet so she may be foreign.â€
As they walked past the blue curtain, an all too common scene of brutality greeted the detective. Resting in the trashpile, bathed in the shimmering light of the stasis projectors, was the body of a young blond girl, laying lifeless, staring at the sky above.
â€œThe garbage truck found her there while it was making its rounds and called us directly. Unfortunately the area doesnâ€™t get any other traffic. â€œ
â€œHow long has she been sitting there?â€
â€œEstimated time of death is 17 hours ago â€¦; cause of death is kind of difficult to pin down.â€
The detective could see the marks on her broken body and the dried tears of blood from her red eyes, once blue.
â€œHow many options are we looking at?â€
â€œThereâ€™s evidence of violence, sexual abuse and heavy substance abuseâ€¦, legal drugs but theyâ€™re so many that the portable analyzer crashed. Also by the looks of her I wouldnâ€™t rule out exhaustion, heart failure or even aneurism.â€
â€œMust have been some partyâ€¦â€
As Neko went back to his men the detective approached the body. His movement caused ripples in the field, but that didnâ€™t detract from the effect the image was having on him. â€œSereneâ€ was the only word one could use to describe her. A girl looking up at the sky, brushing away the tears brought on by her unhappy life.
Once every few years a victim would get to him like this. The detective would see to it that this case would not remain unsolvedâ€¦
â€œIt seems weâ€™ve interrupted dinner for nothing.â€
Nekoâ€™s announcement replaced the detectiveâ€™s thoughts with confusion.
â€œWhat on Earth do you mean?â€
â€œThe DNA just returned a match. Take a look.â€
â€œIâ€™ll beâ€¦ Thatâ€™s it then. Shut everything down.â€
The detective, datapad in hand, approached the crime scene administrator.
â€œGive the order to pack everything up. Slap the maximum fine on the owner for littering and bill him for the department resources spent on this. Damn stupid people.â€
â€œSirâ€¦ What about the remains ?â€
â€œPack it up and send it to the recycling facilityâ€¦ bill the owner for that too.â€
He took a last look at the body before they stuffed it in a bag.
â€œThey make them better every yearâ€¦ and I must be getting old.â€
â€œCase 2501/12 â€“ case closed â€“ improper disposal of synthetic remainsâ€
With only a small beep the recorder retracted its minute sensors remaining motionlessâ€¦ serene.
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