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Mild Murders

Published by Serkan Engin, 2018-07-10 01:51:08

Description: Crime novella of Serkan Engin from Turkey. A novella trying to make readers ask ethical questions on crime-justice-amnesty triangle.

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MILD MURDERS (Prologue of the Death) Novella SERKAN ENGIN (Translated by Metin Anli) (Edited by Aparajita Sen)Paper Boats of Poetry Publishing 2016

Paper Boats of Poetry Publishing Novella Series: 1 Author: Serkan EnginE-Book Designed by: Serkan Engin Turkey, September 2016

I 1Night was covering the faces like a black veil. The moon was under the invasion of the blackclouds. An amateur gambler's fear of losing in the alleys which cover the houses like anoctopus. For the ones who are in a hurry to reach their homes, the angst of a bullet thathadn't yet arrived to it's target. The houses, when you close their doors from inside, warmand safe as a mother's womb, if someone's waiting for you. For those who live alone, homeis nothing but the capital of loneliness...There was no one waiting for him. And at this point, he wasn't waiting for anyone either.When everyone were stuffing their hopes in which they have been carrying around withthem to the places they live; he, undressing from the arid climate of his house, wore theblack coat of the night...Hikmet's footsteps were as calm and dedicated as the stitching up of a surgeon. He wouldn'tcollapse even if he were hit by a cannon ball.The alleys were reaching to the main street like the streams running down to the sea.Hikmet, suddenly crashed in the mainstreet after turning the corner. He was surprised thathe was able to come here this fast.The avenue was waiting for his hunt like the insect-eating flowers. Versicolour signboardsand discount notices..Pubs and brasseries; in other words the climate of hopelessness, the centers ofrehabilitation for the dissapointment, women who were forced to barter their flesh withmoney occupying spaces in the sidewalk; some elderly, some in their early adulthood, wereflowing by Hikmet on both sides. The avenue was gradually falling behind like an old

memory. And the more he was taking steps towards the pier, the more adrenalin waspouring in to his blood. Finally, he was on the port side. The sea was beginning like abotomless cliff at the end of his fingertips. At this point for Hikmet, it was either falling downfrom the balcony of life into the obscurity, or to surrender to this horrible course embitteringhim.''Come on my boy Hikmet! This will all end when you take just one more step.''Hikmet, never moving his feet that have been fixed to the edge of the pier, looked behindmoving his waist and neck. He was afraid that he would retract from his decision if he movedback his feet. Was it only the chaos of a city that he left behind? Smelling a bundle ofjasmine exploding his lungs out, making love with all the geography of his skin, drinking icywater rattling his teeth, watching film sprawling at the backseat, eating a bagel scrunchingand more, they would all fall behind.''Great surprise! So many things that I would be deprived of from now on...''Wouldn't the ones that he couldn't do, also the ones he had done be left behind? Hewouldn't be able to watch sunset on top of the Nemrut mountain; go fishing with the Lazcrate; learn to make jug from the clay and speaking French. The possibility for realising allthose wishes would have been drowned with him in the sea.He turned his face towards the sea. It wasn't possible for anyone to distinguish where thesea ended and the sky began. Hikmet wouldn't meet the sun which would take down thereign of darkness. He shouldn't have done it. Think for a second Hikmet! Who knows whatthis sea harbours in her chest. How many fishes, oysters and moss...How much sand,wracked boat and lots of others.. Certainly there's space for you between them..''Actually, sea is the universal cluster. You know, the one which is to be shownat the courses in mathematics, comprising everything. The sea is the sub-cluster of theWorld Hikmet..It comprises all of us.. Oh! What am I thinking?..''To hell with it. I will throw myself into the sea and it will all be over soon.''He reached in to his pocket and took out his lighter. There was about a half pack of cigars.Slowly he took one out from the packet and put it on his lips with utmost care, and thenlighted it up. He inhaled with such a desire and joy as if he hadn't smoked for days. You couldsay that it was a ritual.He lifted the lighter that he was still holding in his hand with respect, then he caressed itwith his eyes; it was a gift from Sibel.

Sibel was a tall, plump and cheerfull girl. Straightforward and candid.. She would take astand against the pain like the Chinese Wall; hope would have flourished where she touched.For a period, Sibel was the only thing that he thought about. His heart would have beatenspeedily when Sibel's hands dissapeared in his palms. Sibel's eyes would have bounced like atimid gazelle, in the steppes of Hikmet's face.Once upon a time Sibel had stabbed Love like a switchblade into his heart. But a huge lovehad been toppled like a plane tree, because of the unnecessary jealousy of Hikmet.''How many years have passed since we broke up? I wonder if she still remembers. At least ifI could have just hugged her one last time.''He kissed and caressed the lighter. Then he put it int his pocket, like putting a baby to bed.One drop of tear escaped from his eye. ''Come on boy, Hikmet, a little bit of courage. Youwill hit the bottom of the sea and it will all be over...There's no other way Hikmet. Let's do it.Come on...''He straightened up slightly after slightly leaning frontward upon his feet fixed to the front ofthe pier.''So what happened!? You were swaggering at home. You were talking big, weren't you. Huh?You don't have the courage, do you!?''''I will make it buddy! I will end this...''Even though he made a little move the fear drew him back from the neck. ''Come on buddythrow yourself! Do it!''''I can't do it.''''Of course you can, you coward dog''''What if God exists?.. ''''That's a fine kettle of fish. All of a sudden you came around?..''''What if ...God exists?.. How can I confront him like this?''''You dog! You coward asshole! Throw yourself!''

''Shut up now!''''You shut up and throw yourself into the sea.''''I can't.'''' You should.''''I can't, I can't.''He shouted out loud stabled to the front of the pier, cracking his veins: ''This has to come toan end...''

2 2 Months Ago:''Welcome, officer Cemal.''''What is it? Why did you call me this late!?''''There is a body found. Chief Ofiicer wanted us to go to the legal medicine and see it.''''Ok, let's go.''They left the Police Station and got into the car. Ümit had got behind the wheel. It wasnightime. Stars nvaded the sky like a barbarian tribe. The moon was exhibiting it's everydetail, in the manner of a stripper.The city was flowing on both sides of the car. Children who sheltered in the cashpoint cabincaught Cemal's eye. They were the wasted of life. These violence breastfed children weretrying to sleep by silencing the hatred that came out of their hearts and disturbed theirsleep.They never spoke along the way. Cemal was deadly brokenhearted to Ümit. In fact hecouldn't admit the truth. He loved Umit like his brother. Now he could never believe. Howcould someone's brother be a homosexual ? Especially Ümit...A sturdy young man. Thiswasn't a burden that Cemal could bare. He wished this was a nightmare that will disappearwhen he woke up.Umit was a calm and naive young man. He had been interested in men ever since he couldremember, and even though he didn't get any pleasure from it, he floated around with girlsin order to be seen as heterosexual by the others. He revealed his sexual identity to Cemal,to be able to live the freedom of englightening his condition to one of his closest friends inthis world. He'd rather not to..

Cemal had turned into a bull which had seen a red pelerine, and disbanded the table in frontof him. He madly punched the walls, cursed Umit.Cemal was a nervous man. You know, like those whose anger was a flash in the pan. But thistime his anger neverending. That night he wandered around the house like a ghost, out ofmisery. As if walking in his coffin, he was feeling depressed. Then he drank until he forgothis name and started crying for the first time since his childhood....They arrived at their destination. Parking the car, they entered the legal medicine. Turningthe corner they headed for the morgue downstairs.''Hi brother Ahmet.''''Welcome Cemal.''''How are you brother.''''Fine thanks.''''We came to see the new corpse that came in.''''Ok, come with me''Passing a dark, narrow corridor, they reached a large room. The room looked like amushroom field: A bunch of stretchers and corpses covered with white sheets...This was theintroduction of cemetery.Ahmet headed towards a stretcher in the middle of the room. When he lifted up the sheetthat covered the corpse, Cemal and Ümit jumped one step back, startled. The corpse wasbeheaded. His neck had been improperly cut-off from where his shoulders started. Therewere large bruises and cigarette burns on the corpse. On his back, there was an inscriptioncarved by a cutting equipment from his spinal column to his neck.'Which silkroad multiplies sequence of letters.'''As you can see Cemal, they have badly worned out the man. He had been brutally tortured.Almost all of his bones have been broken with a hammer-like equipment, lots of cigaretteshad been put out on him and he was slaughtered like a sheep.'' ''What the hell is this ?. I'venever seen anything like this before. Have they found his head?''

''No.''''Please turn the corpse over brother Ahmet.'' said Umit. ''Let's see the front side.''''Why!? Do you want to see his prick?'' Cemal asked, adding his most humiliating stare to hiswords. This was the first time that Ümit was so angry with Cemal. He could understand hislack of acceptance of his condition, but his humiliating attitude got Ümit mad. Despite that,he remained silent. He prevented his anger to come out of his lips.''Let's turn it over brother Ahmet'' said Cemal, ignoring Umit's staresthat were directed at him like a barrel of a gun.Ahmet turned the corpse over. The front was as much dmaged as the back. And in themiddle of his chest, a huge K was carved with a cutting equipment.''We will have to struggle a lot on this case.'' Cemal murmured.''Ok brother Ahmet. You can cover it up...When will your report be ready?''''I'll finish it by tomorrow morning.''''Ok brother, take it easy.''''Thanks, you too.''Cemal in front, Ümit one step back, passed through the mushroom field elegantly. Theyrapidly climbed the stairs with more shivers than before, in the dark corridor.Ümit set behind the steering wheel again. They did not speak along the way a. Both of themwere totally confused. They were thinking of each other and of the corpseWhen they came in front of Cemal's house, two anxious hearts approached the upper floorwindow. A pair of half bashful half worried eyes turned back, after caressing Cemal in thecar.When the car stopped, not even looking at his face, Cemal said ''Everything that you findshould be ready by morning'', and turning his back went downstairs, ignoring Ümit's answer''As you command.''When he looked up to the house-owner's window, the face that was stuck on the windowpulled back.

As soon as he opened the door, he lit the corridor's light and headed for the kitchen.Taking a beer bottle out of the refrigirator he took a huge sip, and headed for the living roomwith the bottle in his hand. He lit the table lamp which had a photo right underneath, andsank into the arm-chair.In the room only the photo was lit, everything else was in the dark. He fixed his eyes on thephoto. The photo slowly came out of the constraints of it's frame and spread through theroom. And slowly caressed Cemal's memories.It was the picture of a beautiful young girl. Her skin was the most innocent caase of white;her hair the reddest tone of lust... A handful of frickles spread out under her eyes. And herbadly hazel eyes...After finishing couple of beers and turning the room into a nicotine empire he went to bedand dived into the black waters of sleep. 4In the morning, he woke up surprised that he opened his eyes in his own house as always. hehad moved into this house years ago, and still couldn't believe that he was no longer in thesock and pee smelling dormitory of the orphanage.Cemal had no one else but his loneliness. He neither knew his mother who left him at thedoor of the orphanage, nor his non-identifiable father. His oldest memories were theruthless beating sessions of the manager.His eyes were opened with fear every morning at the orphanage. Especially when he wettedhis bed...his breakfast was nothing else but the brutal slaps on his face. He deeply missed hisbed during the day which passed like a storm of violence.When he went into the chest of his bed, his eyes closed to the dream of his home, and thelonging for non-beating parents. He made his bed morphine, when the night breast-fedhisdreams.He'd rather have a mom who would fondle his hair. ..A father who would swing him on the

swing...When he was for hungry for compassion he would give a big embrace his dearmother; and take refuge in his father's chest when he was thirsty for security. Why was he adestitute ? Why did he have this heavy-weight loneliness? He still asked this to himself.When he asked, his anger exploded like a molotov cocktail in his chest cage...The door-bell rang as he just washed his face. When he opened the door, Jale was in front ofhim with pre-rehersed smile.Jale extended the plate full of pie as she said ''Good Morning'':''I made cheese pie...I know you love it, so I brought one plate..''''Thank you. It was a burden for you.''''What burden for god's sake. Well...We wondered about you when you went away anddidn't come back for a while...''''Is that so? We needed to go to the legal medicine last night.''''Well...Bon appetite.''She attached the pre-rehersed smile on her face again. She started consuming the staircaseswhile Cemal was slowly closing the door.Jale and Jülide were two sisters. It was quite a while that both of them passed their forties.Even though that they were both in love with Cemal, they both tried to hide it fromeachother and at the same time secretely competed. The only thing that made them forgetthe fact that they have missed life, was to embrace the hope of Cemal could love them.The sisters’ flirting was a cure for the bleeding points of his self-esteem. Cemal neither gavethem hope, nor did he burnthe ships... This was a pretty hide and seek game for him.He watered his flowers carefully after crowning his breakfast with Jale's delicious cheese pie.He caressed all of them one by one and spoke to them. And then saying farewell to hishouse, he got on the way to the Police Station...When he reached the center and approached the murder desk an extraordianry surprise metCemal. The corpse that was found last night had become the celebrity of media and thissituation drew the attention of the Ministry of Interior Affairs.Umit welcomed Cemal saying ''Good Morning Chief'', -this time for the sake of formality-

lightly standing up from his chair. Cemal sat on his desk with a reluctant response. As he justlit his cigarette, his brewed tea with three sugars caught up, as usual.''Well...chief'', murmured Ümit. It was unusual that Ümit presented the case evaluationbefore Cemal finished his first tea. But this time it was different.''The corpse that have been found last night is on the first page of every journal. The public isin panic. Minister of Interior Affairs, personally gave a call and gave special order for thesuspects to be found.''''Have you identified the corpse?''''Yes we got the identity by scanning the fingerprints. His name is Ziya Semerci. He is a hard-boiled drug-dealer known as broken Ziya.He got caught twice for drug dealing and he hasthree records for wounding. When he was in prison for his last case, he was dischargedbenefiting the pardon.''Drug-dealer ha? Where was the body found?''''Found in an empty field all nude. His head is still missing. According to legal medicine'report, the victim was dead for twenty-four hours at the time he was found. The inscriptionson his chest and back were carved with a knife, the seventy percent of his bones werebroken by hammer and one more thing which is absolute is that he was beheaded by a rustywood-saw... But there isn't anything that would identify the DNA of the murderer.''''Now you go and collect as much information about this guy called Broken Ziya. Find outwho he was working for and who his friends and enemies were.''Understood chief. With your permisssion.''As he Ümit was leaving, Ceml was lighting his new cigarette. The İnside of his head was asuntidy as a bachelor's room.''What the hell is this.'' he said to himself. ''Even if I thought that it was the execution of thedrug mafia aiming to misdirect from the target, I still don't think that they would be socreative... I wonder if it is the revenge of the wounding incidents? What the hell does this'Which silkroad multiplies the series of letters' 'Is it a puzzle or what?'' Puff, looks like we'regonna struggle a lot...Ok but why is the head missing!?!!Cemal pushed the series of questions to the most isolated corner of his mind.

He headed to the kiosque to buy a new packet of cigarettes that gave it's breath.Downstairs, when he was passing by the theft desk his attention was caught by the hand-cuffed youngster standing in the middle of two uniformed policemen. He was good-lookingand probably a university boy. The young man was continiously smiling to himself with anironic expression on his face and nodding his head slightly on both sides. Cemal approchedthem unable to suppress his curiosity.''What's his guilt? he asked to one of the uniformed guys.''''Chief, he had stolen some books from Tüyap book fair.''Cemal had an eye contact with the young man. He was stuck in between laughing histericallyand crying and weeping.''Boy are you an idiot!? Are books stolen in this country? Go and rob a bank, avoid taxes orconspire to rig the bid. How come you are so stupid to get nailed for stealing books!?''The young man responded with a certain smile on his face, by nodding his head sweetly upand down.Leaving the Station, Cemal left the softest place of his conscience hung on the eyelids ofyoung man.As he just turned the corner of the street, a hand and a man behind it, stopped Cemal bypressing his hand on his chest in a polite and decisive manner. His clothes were untidy butclean, about sixty-sixty five yers old, his eyes the busiest avenue of his face.''Hey boy! Let's applaude the brave boys who steals books from Tüya with a laughter derivedfrom sorrow. Even though Turkey doesn't know how to be proud of them, I am proud ofeach one of them...'' And then attaching a huge and insistant question mark to Cemal's minddissapeared from sight in the crowd, gliding like a sword-fish. Cemal sttod looking behindthe old man like conned southwest fish.''Boy, did he read my mind !.'' 5Rain was spilling out on the pavements. Copper clouds were dancing slowly...

Ümit woke up with his mother's carress on his head. From his dear mother's eyes, the mosttimid brooke of compassion was flowing on this face. Miss Nebiye had already made herprayers and preapared the breakfast.''Come on my son, tea is ready.''''Hımm, ok mom.''Mister İbrahim, had already got his place at the table. The stressed eyebrows hiding the softcorners of his heart had their shift on the north of his face. Even his wife for 40 years MissNebiye couldn't see that he laughed bass-baritone. Maybe he smiled a little...When their sonwas born.According to Mister İbrahim, a father figure had to be hard. Because he was the king in thissmall monarchy which he called ''my family''. His frowning eyebrows and his voice in a highdecibel were the shields of this ruling power. After washing and shaving his face, Ümitwalked towards the desk with sleepy steps.''Good morning father.''''Good morning'' murmured the father, not caring to look at Ümit by lifting his eyes from theegg that he was peeling.Miss Nuriye put the teapot on the table. The teapot was sleepyly murmuring it's vapour. Thesilent air in the room which expanded with the vapour was forcing the windows. Ümitwanted to hit his heart to the street...Like every other morning, he kissed his mother's hands that looked like crippled paper andhe went flying down the steps, leaving behind the murmuring prayers. He confronted therain outside the door. He looked to the sky, pulling his head up.Sky put little rain kisses on his face. His heart was like a butterfly which came out from it'scone. Now was the time to fly with the infinite motion of life...He threw a bashfull gaze on the window of the house on the other side from under hiseyebrows when he was opening the door of his car. The sunscreens were not yet opened tothe day. The rooms had not started yet to unburden themselves to the city.Was Zafer awake?... What kind of an expression would be on his face while he was sleeping.All his gazes passed by the windows exterior but his heartbeat in the house for a fewseconds.

He hit the road to the Station. He put a cassette on the car's stereo. The city was trying toreach life's speed. The shutters were opening with rusty noises; the shopwindows wereputting on their bright masks with anxiety. The garbage man was sweeping off the tiredmemories of the night. The sparrows which were afraid of the copper shield of the sky, werehiding the fears under the roofs that were not fitting into their little hearts, postponing tofly.People were trying to catch buses and fairyboats, dragging their frowning-faces withthemselves. Everybody was anxious to open a space, in accordance to their volume. Theiranxious footsteps were blending with each other. Nobody was able to catch-up with him.Ümit was someone who ended the mission that he started.He had solved every case that he had taken so far, yet he couldn't have the smallest clueabout Broken Ziya's murderer. He had wandered around every place that Ziya frequentlyvisited, made a search for every possible friend and enemy. They couldn't gather anyinformation no matter who they questioned.All of a sudden, Ziya had dissapeared. His family never got worried. They were used to Ziya'snot coming home for days. When he made good money, he ran to the whorehouses andthen he ended up in the gambling places in the vicinity. When he came back, he wouldcompensatre for the pain of losing, by hitting his wife and children. Everyday the hatred ofhis family towards Ziya got bigger, but they were obedient to him because of helplessness.Ziya was a life preserver made of fire in the middle of an ocean of hopelessness. Ziya's wifeSelma would compensate for the pain by her skin and insistently filter hope from dispairZiya would carelessly roll cigars and get high in front of his children. At times he would hewould even use his nine year old boy as a courrier, saying 'He's jut a kid, he wouldn't drawsuspicion.'' At such times Selma found herself one step away from murder. She would havecut Ziya into pieces with a bread knife if only her courage didn't fall short.Because of all that Selma never got sad, when she went to the juridical medicine foridentification of the body.When she saw the coldnees of death on Ziya's flesh, all of asudden the firework show started in her eyes. She hardly supressed the steps of the gazellethat went down near the lake to drink water. She got scared that the people around wouldhear the happiness knocking on the door of her heart.She never turned back to look while she was leaving the morgue. Now Ziya was a nightmaremarathon that had been completed...

As soon as the Police Station had come to sight, Ümit's heartwings had been torn off.He was feeling embarassed to face Cemal because he couldn't find any clue about BrokenZiya's murder. Whenever he saw Cemal Ümit's neck had written İtalics in every language.While he was climbing up the stairs, he passed through the crowds, which increasedinsistently. The handcuffs were living the metal tiredness. The typewriter buttons weredoing overtime to be able to catch up the records.As soon as Ümit enterd to the office and sat down, Cemal appeared. They shared a cold helloreluctantly. A stubborn and transparent wall was still standing between them.Cemal put the cigarette in his mouth like a gun barrell. His fresh brewed tea accompaniedthe dance of the smoke with the anxiety of a latecomer cavalier.The rain that was cold outside and wanted to embrace the room's warmth, was knocking onthe window and asking permission for entry.'Which silkroad multiplies series of letter.'' ...This sentence coiled in Cemal's mind like aleach. Cemal was the locomotive of the murder table.He had solved many cases that looked impossible, and cuffed so many murderer's ankles.Nonetheless they couldn't get even the smallest clue this time to save appereances.While looking at other cases, the obscurity of the beheaded murder was working like amechanical clock at a corner of his mind.Guilt was ahead of Punishment on the streets, with its holiday dresses. Unresolvedness wasproviding the spread of the fear like ebola virus rather than the interest and curiosity woulddiminish after the murder being covered on the media. Death cringed upon the whispersamong public. He said to himself 'The insiders in the corner must be shaken one more time'looking at the cigarette butts resemebling a communal cemetery in the ashtray.A bunch of birds were flapping their wings in Jale's spirit cage. The kitchen became narrowfor her enthusiasm. Cemal was coming to dine that night. While Jale was busy with preparingto put her favourite dishes on the menu, Julide was also trying to squeeze in her favorites.Saying 'Cemal loves this more' they struggled a great deal, trying to put their favored disheson top of the list. Pretending that they don't understand each others intentions wasincreasing the suspense. As time passed by the shape of all the objects on the counterstarted creating erotic connotations. Finally Jale got decisive. She had to whisper her desiresto Cemal when she found the right time. Her libido supressed her pride at the end.Two sisters were embrodiering the table like a canvas. Whatever they added to the table,

there were still something missing. The guest cutleries were arranged perfectly; the saladsand appetizers were competing with each other....Cemal left the office.His feet found the way automatically and he went down the stairs.Suddenly he found himself in the front yard and the question marks in his mind totallydispersed. He thought of walking a little. All day long he was imprisoned indoors like a lion init's cage. Evening was just beginning. Darkness was woven on the city like spider's web. Thestreet lamps were illuminating the tiredness on the faces of those who were just leavingtheir offices.The metal lightning bugs were passing by the pavements, buzzing. The sorrow was gettingmuch bigger in the beer houses. The season left the parks disabled. The parks where ghettosof green were pressed between the concrete giants.Sometimes life stops while passing, in the middle of the untidy symphony of the city...Swingsknew silence by heart. The teetertotters couldn't find their balances for a long while. Theravens which were suppressing the nakedness of branches were agitating each other toprove Hitchcock right.The cold breath of concrete's covering zone was expanding on the green space. The morehumanbeing's ego was fed, the more hungry it got...Cemal was strolling along the streets likea letter that has forgotten it's adress. His feet became like stone as he was passing by thedistrict market. The vision that he encountered hit his face like a slap. Immediately a shortautobiographical documentary had been released in his brain: He found himself in hisprimary school's garden, with his big uniform, bought intentionally two size bigger to beworn in the future.Children flew away like sparrows and there was the fatherly image of teacher Kenan.Teacher Kenan passed by Cemal'ss childhood with a warm smile.And he just touched on the shoulder of his black uniform. Cemal was a motherless child anda heavyweight orphan.They would carry their orphanage with them from the house to school with a group of hisfriends.Other children certainly knew this terrible loneliness and ruthlessly bled those open woundswith scoffing razor laughs. There was only teacher Kenan...It was only him that Cemal hadcompassion from. It was only him who fondled his head when he solved a difficıltmathematical problem at the blackboard.

Cemal wouldn't be that happy even if the prune that he loved very much would sour hismouth; neither he would go to the cinema where he made his neck ache by looking at themovie posters that he passed by holding his breath. The pleasure of riding a bicycle shouldbe something like this. The memories that was covered with chalk dust had been explodedlike flashlight in Cemal's memory. He found himeslf again in the untidyness of the districtmarket.There was a rusty drill whirling in his heart: the retired teacher Kenan Dülger was collectingcrushed fruits... Not knowing what to do, Cemal stood there paralyzed.He thought maybe the teacher would have rememebered him, because he helped him toenter Police Academy...He would rather not show up to him for preventing from his pride behurt. But how would, coming near and pretending not seeing him and helping him, beexplained with his desire of paying the bill. Cemal's feet went to right and left. He threwhimself to the side street. He felt like a runaway soldier at wartime. Should he go back? Hewalked to the mainstreet with this fire of duality. The concrete giants lookeed taller. Itseemed as if the absence of humans were increased per squaremeter. The avenue coveredhim like a Tsunami.Then, from the crowd, the same decisive and gentle hand found him and pressed on hischest. Cemal put his head up surprised and looked at the owner of the hand. It was him. Butthis time his eyes were like a lullaby: ''Hey kid! Never enter the black seas of melancholy;beware of the blackhole of hopelesssness! Even if life had destroyed your life like a robbedbank, never forget: ' Hope is most suitable for us'...Never forget boy! Beware of yourself....''Swirling like a lark, he dissapeared into the crowd.Cemal stood looking behind the old man, looking like sun flowers turning their faces to thesun. He got on the first taxi that he saw. The further the car drove away, the nearerapproached the bitter image in his brain. As soon as he entered the neighbourhood, heremembered that he was invited to dinner tonight. He got off the taxi at the beginning of thestreet and lit a cigarette. He wanted to pull himself together before he went to thelandlords. The sisters would be offended from the bitter expression on his face. There wasno other way than postponing the sorrow.The doorbell which thought of itself a canary rang with a feeble voice. Julide popped outfrom the kitchen and Jale from the livingroom and headed to the door.Julide with a swirling body attack, succeseeded to pass Jalle and opened the door.

He met Cemal with the spring joy of a univeristy student, saying ''Welcome dear, comeinside''.''Hello, thank you...''He entered inside by organizing his mimics to smiles as much as he could, but at thismoment, it was a torture for him to look happy. His eyes were exposing his endless sorrow.Jale said, ''Hello Cemal, welcome'', the waves in her voice struck on Cemal's face. Just likeJülide, she also realized Cemal's attempt to cover his restlessness with a smile unskilfullyfictionalized.''Hello Jale.'' ''Why do you look unhappy!?''''Nothing important...I seem to come across something that bothered me that'sall...Whatever... Let's see what kind of goodies have you prepared for me?..''''Come and see for yourself.''They all passed to the living room as Cemal was a bit confronted.''Oh I'd say that only milk and honey is missing at the table, but definitely they are waitingtheir turn in the kitchen.''''Come on we've done some bits and pieces that's all'' said Jale while giggling.Then the parade of the food carnaval started on the table. Both sisters pushed theappetizers and food they have prepared to Cemal's nose like a ultimatum, underlining whoprepared what. They had sweet conversation; generaly on ordinary issues; heavy mattershad been slightly touched. Small and big laughters gad about in the living room . The cuttlerybecame tired from heavy work. Then the first after dinner cigarettes were lit. Jale quicklysmoked hers and ran to the kitchen toı prepare the coffees. She knew that in a while Cemalwould go to the bathroom to brush his teeth as always. Cemal was one of those whowouldn't feel comfortable if he didn' brush his teeth after meals. For this reason a sparetoohbrush was ready in the sisters’ bathroom to be used at dinner invitations...Sometimessisters had erotic dreams with Cemal's toothbrush in their mouths, trying not to get caughtby each other. Cemal's going into the bathroom was an opportunity for Jale not to bemissed. At that instant she could slowly draw him to the kitchen and whisper to eat theforbidden fruit. She was terribly excited. She hardly put the water, coffee and sugar in thepot. On the one hand she couldn't believe what she was going to do, and on the other shecouldn't help herslef doing it. Her heart leaped to her mouth when she heard Cemal'sfootsteps. There was an adrenalin conquest to all her veins. Her ears started wuthering, herknees trembling. She whispered ''Come here a bit'' as Cemal was passing by the kitchen, by

trying to avoid Jülide from hearing it.Jülide noticed the situation yet she tried to ignore. She already got suspicious when Jale ranto the kitchen to make the coffee. There was something strange with Jale all day longanyway. She should have been definitely hanging on Cemal in the kitchen at this instant. Sheeliminated Jülide. Nervously she started to bend her fork, meshing her teeth. She havemissed it again...Cemal was startled like a compass that lost it's north while he left thekitchen and headed for the bathroom. As if he was walking on the water. He put his handson the sink. He was afraid of meeting of the expression on his face if he put his head up. Hedidn't know what to find there. Trying to avoid eye contact with himself, he brushed histeeth. While Jülide started lighting her cigarette with nervous movements, Jale brought thecoffees. Right afterwards Cemal enterd the livingroom and sat down. There was a littleBermuda Triangle established at the table. Only the noise of coffee sips were heard. Asneaky silence was wandering around the table like a flock of vultures. After the coffee,Cemal asked for permission and left for home.The Sisters’ home turned into an empty coffin again...Cemal had already digested his dinner since a long time, and drank half of the wine bottle.He had turned over the picture of the red headed girl at the table. He put a jazz album onthe stereo. He knew pretty well that jazz was the best to call out to the night. His head andheart were mixed like half used woollen balls that were forgotten in the corner of thedrawer.Cemal was afraid of untying himself. He was a leaf now, which was being dragged in the wildwaters of his libido babbling like the Çoruh River. He was waiting for Jale like a seed that wasready to burst out. Outside night was being performed like a cheap vaudeville on the stagethat was called the city. Jale pulled the door of their flat slowly not to wake her sister up.She started going downstairs, carresing the stairs with her fingertips. Her heart was a self-performing drum with a lopsided rythm, and her lungs was an old accordion that was tryingto accompany a rock group.Her hips would have cracked the thermometers at this moment. She was tasting her skin inthe form of lust. She was a bullet that had left the barrell. When she reached Cemal's door,she came face to face with the lust that was hidden and chained in a corner. First she gulped,and then took a deep breath. As her meaty hand was pressing on the door bell, waving like aflag, she anxiously controlled her left hand to see if she had taken the vaseline that she wasalready holding tightly. Jale rang the door of courage...The clouds in in their black uniform were positioned in the sky like the execution team. Theywere pouring out rain bullets on the city with their automatic rifles. The city was looking for

a place to run away. Cemal's car was moving on the asphalt sheltering just against the rainflood. The capacity of the wiper was insufficient to wipe away the drops covering thewindscreen. The car had overflooded outside the city. İt exceeded the worry limits of thevacant corners. This was the blue boy of isolation.A little further a police team came into sight, in a place near the edge of the road. The eyeswere directed at him when he reached them and parked the car.Cemal gott off the car in slow motion and headaded towardsa new knot with iron steps. There was a beheaded body between the Research team andÜmit's group. The prosecutor was not there yet. ''Hello chief''''Hello''''When was it found?''''Around eight o'clock in the morning...One of the inhabitants in the collective housing hadseen him when he was morning jogging..''''What do we have in our hands?''''No clue yet. The team is continuing the research.'' It was a short and brunette male bodylying.''He was badly beheaded, had bruises and lots of cigarette burns. An inscription has beencarved from his sacrum to his neck:''A horse-drawn carriage like a suicidal black rising to the sky with it's horses'' In the middleof his chest cage, there was a slightly bigger ‘E’ ''This is getting complicated'' he thought.His cigarette's smoke was blending with the smoky air of Cemal's mind. He was stuck in thefolders in front of him. He reluctantly lifted his face up when he heard Ümit calling.''Chief, we identified the newly beheaded corpse. He also had criminal record. His name isAdnan Çeltik. One of the old hitmen known as Kotik Adnan. He is a legend among thetriggermen. He was caught and imprisoned after his last job. He was discharged afer the lastpardon.''''Did you say pardon?'' ''Yes chief interesting, ain't it?'' ''Whatever, carry on!''''According to the the legal medicine's report, it had become certain that the murder was not

an imitation. The beheading saw, the bone braking hammer and the knife that has beenused were the same with the first corpse.''''A DNA sample that belongs to the killer?''''Unfortunately no trace...With your permission I will start to make a detailed research onKotik Adnan.''''Ok. Learn specifically if there's any relation between Broken Ziya and him.''''As you command...With your permission.'The small match flames in Cemal's mind were beginng to organise towards a torch...Evening leaned on the city's door like a sequestrator. The dark, dirty blood circling in city'sveins. The city was boiling inside, grumbling. Unemployment and hopelessness becamegreasy ropes around people's throats. Untying the losers of their hearts from life's piers,most parents desired to sail on the open seas of death. It wasn't easy to return home emptyhanded and with their heads down...To see oneself like a hunchback on the ridge of life...Inbrief, as if there was not enough trouble, this beheading nightmare had started. Everonewas looking at each other with suspicion. Maybe the murderer was the person sitting nextto you on the bus. Maybe you were buying bread from the same bakery, or working in thesame place. Suspicion was wandering around like a dirty whisper in the heart of darkcorridors of the city. Ümit was wandering in his car, splitting the suspicion that was spreadon the city like fog. Another busy day was over. He was feeling dejected for not finding anysignificant clue of Kotik Adnan's murder, despite his efforts for days. Kotik Adnan had livedalone. Never married. Never got in touchh with her mother at his birthplace. He had fewfriends and a lot of enemies... But Ümit never found a tie between the enemies and murder.He too had dissapeared suddenly like Ziya.His acquaintainces in the coffee-shop that he frequently visited got suspicious of hisabsence. Despite of all his efforts, Ümit never managed to find a relation ship betweenbroken Ziya and Kotik Adnan. He didn't want to think of anything tonight. He only wanted togo to a ''gay bar'', drink and get high. Of course, not forgetting to chew a mint gum tosuppress the smell of alcohol and avoid being noticed at homeHe parked his car on a street that was close to the avenue. The paviours immediatelyshowed up for their tribute which was disguised as parking fee. But they dissapeared as soonas they saw Ümit. Because most of them had criminal records and knew who Ümit was. Ümitrushed into the bar where he spent time before. As soon as he stepped inside, he felthimself as light as a sparrow escaped from it's cage. These places were like oxygen tents for

people like him. These were places that he got rid of the ''painted bird'' syndrome andexperienced the partial freedom of being with people like him. When coming in and out henever was never afraid of getting caught by his acquaintences. He would get away with it byusing his profession - saying that he was here on duty. He silently sat at the bar. It was justgetting crowded. At the same hour, Cemal had already brewed his tea after his dinner, andwas getting lazy in front of the television. He wasn't into what was on T.V. at all. How couldhe be anyway: A bunch of robbers, black money man and the like, were showing up on everychannel. He got bored and turned off the television. Lighting a cigarette he walked aroundthe house. He was feeling depressed. He opened the wine bottle, sat down at the table,made eye contact with the young girl in the photo for a while. Their love lasted for such ashort time - like a haiku, yet so dense. Or Cemal thought so, or wanted it to be. Thisredheaded girl was the secret subject of his life. Now Cemal never knew, how he would addthe possesive suffix to love? ''Girl you just threw away my heart like a cigarette butt !...''Sneaky clouds had established a dictatorship in the sky. Gloom was slowly dropping onto thecity. The city was moving towards the night by stepping on the heavy words...Cemal had directed his glances outside the office window but he only saw the questionmarks in his head. His cigarette smoke directed his head towards a summit of a foggymountain. Cemal never had a suspicion anymore - ; The beheaded murders were made by aserial killer.But the murderer's identity was so obscure as a sentence not yet constructed. The onlycommon thing in both murders was both victims had benefitted from pardon. Cemal hadnever been scolded by his superiors since his graduation from the academy and he wasnever been under such a pressure in his whole carreer.. With the discovery of the secondcorpse, the interest of media and public had got bigger. Cemal was like a helpless cavy tryingto find it's way in the labrynth. Every road ended at a dumb wall.''Then what is he trying to say with the carved inscriptions on the corpses?'' he thought.''Which silkroad multiplies the letter series...With the horse drawn carriages...''Additionally there are K and E letters. Is he playing a game with us or what?''. He will go onwith killing unless he got caught. But why?...''He sank at his table like an army that have been defeated. He got even with the pain hishelpleesness by crushing his cigarette butt like a bud.''Sooner or later you will make a mistake. Then you will be introduced to my handcuffs.''Ümit's heart was fluttering like a sparrow that was trapped. He was longing to reach the

house by driving the car as if he was in dream. His mother had never called the Stationbefore. For tthe first time she asked him to come as early as possible, but never told thereason.Saying ''Not on the telephone. We''ll talk tonight.'' left ümit in curiousity. Ümitsuddenly thought that it was about his father. Was it that his father got sick and his motherdidn't want to tell him on the phone, not wanting to worry him...Ümit had turned into ananxiety ball... He stood by the door after parking the car infront of the house casually. Herang the bell insistently.''Welcome son.'' ''What's up mother. Is there anything wrong with my father?''His mother caressed the cheek of his son, smiling. ''No dear no. Come inside then we talk.''They passed to the livingroom together. Mister İbrahim was on the seat of honour as usual.''Good evening dad.''''Good evening. Come and sit by my side.''Ümit had really got suspicious. His father had never talked to him in person unless there wasa very important subject.''There's something important İ want to talk to you about..Ee, you have really grown up.Thetime has come for a marriage.''Instantly Ümit's blood pressure dramatically increased. The colour in his face flew away likea bird escaping from his cage.He was always afraid of this and now it was inescapably in front of him.''We want you to get married while we're around. We are longing to see our grandchildren...''Ümit was like in a press. He was listening to his father in agony.''You know your mother's adopted maid Aunt Hamiyet. She has a niece. A girl called Emine,who is very honest and religious. She just graduated from the İmam Hatip...''Ümit didn't want to hear the rest but he was helpless like a fly got caught in the spider'sweb.''What I'm saying is that your mother went to girl's house to see her. She liked her a lot. She

is beautiful and well- mannered. We shall go as soon as possible to make an agreement.''There was a brief silence. Mister İbrahim got his stares on the pupil of Ümit's eyes with theorder of his approval.''Whatever you think is fit.'' mumbled Ümit...Saying ''With your permission'', he repaired to his room, dragging his despair like a chain athis feet.His mother followed him to his room. ''Look son, this is the picture of the girl...How do youfind her? Beautiful isn't she?'' Ümit looked at the picture reluctantly.''Yes, beautiful.'' ''Don’t you like her? '' No, no. She is nice.''His mother went back to the room a little worried. Ümit stayed back with his troubles thatwas accumulated like lava inside him. He wanted to scram like crazy on the street ''I'm afaggot goddamn, I'm a faggot!''Cemal was searching the radio channel that suited his mood. In many frequencies when heheard the crazy show host speaking Turkish with New York accent and he couldn't helpsaying ''American slimmies! Smart asses!''Then he he met ''Apprentice of the Repairman'' in a channel. His nerves that were strainedlike a bow got relaxed. It was like seing an old friend. All of a sudden 70's got down from thedusty shelves of his mind.He dived into his adolescent memories: When he was in the first grade, he and his friendMehmet had skipped school on a warm spring day. It was the most naughty day of Cemal'ssmall biography. For the first time he had eaten a great bowl of ice cream that looked likethe peak of a mountain. It was offered by Mehmet of course. Because he had a father andaccordingly pocket money too.In the afternoon, they had sat in the tea garden. How nice was it to drink tea, looking at thesea... In a while, two young men at the next table got Cemal's attention. He neverunderstood what they were talking about. They were giggling sweetly at times. One askedthe other ''Where are you from?''. And the other answered ''I'm a union man.'' They hadburst out laughing. Cemal was startled with the question in his mind about where doesunion belong to... He realized years after..He went to the kitchen pulling away from old memories. He returned to the livingroom afteropening a beer bottle from the refrigerator. All of a sudden he realized his loneliness in themiddle of the night. He was a purple button attached to loneliness. Turning off the radio he

put on a ballad album on the stereo. And then sank into his armchair, and became like abucket that was put down in the well.Cemal woke up startled, opening his eyes in his own home. And the sorrow of waking upalone in his bed started giving big pain somewhere inside. Gamze passed by his heart asusual.That brunette girl in the picture...The clogged longing in his heart spread out naughtyconfettis on the vision of Gamze in her wedding dress. He got up reluctantly. He went to thekitchen and boiled water for tea. Then, washing his face, started shaving. He was againbleeding in A Rh positive today, with his suicidal imitation of shavingWhen he went out the bathroom, he lit his first cigarette without waiting for the tea. .Because his lungs that challenged cancer with laughters, were shouting out 'Carpe Diem'impatiently. In the barrel of his package, three cigarettes were left. As he inhaled a deepbreath, the doorbell rang. For a long time the doorbell was not to be heard in his home.Cemal found Jale at the treshold when he opened the door. Jale obviously came early withher nice sporty outfits, nicely done make up and with a plate in her hands full of fresh pies.Said ''Good morning Cemal'' hiding her longing that was e flowing out of the pupils of hereyes. She wasn't able to hide the sweet shyness that was left from the time that they spentlast night.''Good morning. Wwelcome'' said Cemal with a flirty smile. What burden this was for youJale.''What burden? I made some pies..You must have smelled it. I thought you would wantsome.''Cemal said ''Thanks a lot dear. See you''. Underling the last word with a flirty hint. ''See you''said Jale, with a pretty smile and her eyes looking down. And putting her shyness under herarm started climbing up the stairs reluctantly.Cemal put the hot pies next to newly brewed tea. He just had a glimpse at his pelargonium.:''Girl why did you put your head down. Are you jelaous or what?...'' He said farewell to hishouse again as he was leaving. As he went down an ominous air met him that turned out hisinner peace into a broken toy. The hope that he attached on his collar like an Algerian violetsuddenly withered. Sky was a Grand Vizir that wore a 'Black Kaftan'. Gloom was shaking onthe city like a greasy rope, as if waiting for an operation on Sultan's orders.The office was getting narrower every minute. Cemal was confronting the unresolveness of

beheaded murders in other folders.He could never take not overcoming on any matter. He had tried to hold on to life with a lotof battles until now. He closed the folder intosolitude. He got married with the new cigarette before the corps of the old cigarette gotcold. The ofice door was opened suddenly to a new tension.''Captain Cemal''''Yes?''''A new beheaded corpse is found. Ümit started from where he is to the murder site.'' Cemalhad a tension like a boxer going to his title fight. Getting the adress of the scene, he wentdownstairs with strong steps.'' He was murmuring himself ''Oh only if you had a short.'' Heopened the door of his car as if he wanted to break it off. He sat on the seat as if he wasgoing into a panzer. ''Let's see what happens.'' he said to himself.The door of solitude slowly opened for Cemal. His car was a dirty whisper mixed into silence.Darkness was drawn onto the city like a black curtain. Spotlights were a feeble guide thatwere trying to enlighten the obscureness of the roadway. Forest was throwing it's blackeyes onto the car like a heavy threat.A shivering light bundle came into sight from a distance,. He had come closer to the site ofincident. Parking the car in the nearest place, he dived into the forest reposing on the feeblehelp of his flashlight. He was getting closer at every step to a vacant uneasiness. He wassimply walking towards death step by step. The insignificant visions in the light bundlebecame clear. The inspection team and Ümit tried to conceive the identity the newcomer.''Captain Cemal?''''Yes it's me...''The team circled the death.With Cemal's arrival the circle was broken instantly and the violence that was at the footstepof an old tree came into sight: A corpse of a fat middle aged woman, beheaded and hurtseverely was lying down all nude. The log book of the murders became totally complicated.Cemal was not expecting to confront woman's corpse after two male victims. Coziness of theforest became deeper. Uneasiness was rustling on the leaves of branches. A showy silencehad fallen down on the forest like fog. The woman's skin had turned into an egg-plant fieldwith the strokes of a hammer accompanied with some cigarette burns. On her back there

was a carved inscription vertically ''There's blood under every word.''''There was a big letter C running like a crazy brook, in the deep valley between her twoboobs.'Julide was knitting a sweater, expecting to hear the voice of Cemal's car that would park infront of the house, like Jale who was eating pumpkinseeds.Whenever Cemal was late, time crept slowly for the sisters. The iron mountains of anxietysettled on their breasts. Their hearts were squeezed in the clamp of fear. Despite the factthat Julide was full of anger for Jale and Cemal's spending the night together, she was stillanxious. Once in a while she threw a glance to Jale and she was carefully listening to everyvoice coming from outside like herself. Both of them were watching the television carelessly.Sound of a brake came into the middle of the room like a heart attack. Two sisters settled onthe window like flies that swarmed on jelly. Thank god Cemal had come all in one pieceagain. Loneliness fell upon Cemal like an avalanche as he opened the door to trust. Who didCemal have except his loneliness. Opening a beer he sat down on the armchair. He wastrying to disperse the black clouds of anxiety that settled on his head. He was stuck inbetween of a knot that was going blind. There was no evidence found around the new bodythat gave any clue about the identity of the murderer. And it was really confusing that thelast body belonged to a woman. He was really depressed. One one side chronical loneliness,on the other Ümit's whom he loved even more than a brother, revealing his sexual identityas being homosexual, on top of everything, this horrible serial murders.He missed Gamze at such times like this that troubles accumulated on top of each other.Wish she were here by his side. First she'd end his loneliness, later they'd communicate.''Buddy give me one more gin-tonic.'' Ümit said to the bartender, putting his head up fromthe deep darkness that he had fallen into.Gin-tonic set infront of him saluting Ümit with respect.''Ok, thank you.''''Bon appetit.''His father had always been an exclamation mark standing in front of his life. He hadconstantly tried to block Ümit's being the master of his own life. Ever since his childhood, itwas his father who had chosen which schools he was going to follow, with whom he wouldhave friendship, which career he would choose, and now who he should marry...And the

worst part was that that he would get married to 'a girl'. How would he say that : ''I'm gay, Ihave nothing to do with girls.'' to his parents ?.Saying ''Buddy, one more please'', he put his glass up, within bartender's field of sight. If hecould sit at the table here, it was because he could tell his parents that he was on duty. Ofcourse he would have to sober up and get rid of the smell of alcohol before he returnedhome. How would he resist their demands...What kind of an excuse would he present fornot getting married. Even if he told them that he didn't like this girl, and even if he convincedthem, another one would have been offered to him soon. ''God damn it!'' he cried out theanger that he accumulated from helplessness. ''What is there to do? What!what!what!' Ümitwas the mandatory passenger of the black phaeton of fate. The weight of his courage wasnot enough to erect his flag in the center of his life. It was a possibility that he would be likea small island in the midst of the ocean of loneliness. ''Buddy, one more please.''Barmenarranged the gin-tonic to relief. 'Give me one cigarette, god damn it.'' He directed a 100 mm.Cigarette barrel to the freshness of his lungs. His bronchus answered with broken coughs ofinexperience.His glass was suddenly emptied together with the cigarette that totally turned into ash.''Buddy would you bring me a cup of coffee.''Passing through the jungle of entertainement in the bar and hitting the trees, he went to thetoilet. He washed face with cold water. His face emerged suddenly behind the fog of alcohol.Then he returned to his seat. He drank the bitter coffee without waiting for it to get cooler.Then he overflew the sea of the bar like an old boat. He got on the road for home byjumping in a taxi as he had done when he was coming. Putting the mouth spray on, he puthis face out of the window to the strong wind. Passing through the heavily made up city,Ümit reached his neighbourhood. The neighbourhood had already entered the soft breast ofsleep. Cats were globalizing whatever they found, sneaking into the houses from the openkitchen windows of one flat homes.Thank God streetdogs of hope was wondering in the heart of life like Diogenes. Ümit got outof the cab in front of his house. A sad light was infiltrating outside the window. So hismother was still awake Ümit put his embarassed finger on the doorbell. His mother's anxiousfootsetps was heard from inside.''Who is it?''''It's me mom.''''Come inside my son.''

Torpidness was sitting at the corner in striped pijamas.''Good evening dad.''''Good evening.''As Ümit was sailing his room, his mother asked:''Are you hungry, shall I prepare some food son?''''No mom I'm not, I'd rather go to bed.'' Ümit shot down his bleeding sorrow to his room.''The sound of horseshoes of the blackhorses of despair were being heard from the sky. Thesky was being enlightened like exploding flashbulbs with the sparkles of the shields andswords that were in battle. Their blood was spurting onto the city ruthlessly. The city wasrepeating an inured tiredness: The retired people were falling down like grapes from thebranch of life.The shutters that were closed without any sales added one more ring to the chain ofdespair...But the football chatters were going on in the coffeeshops steadily. There were spider websin the libraries..In his office in the Security Department, Cemal was listening to Ümit'sreport.''Captain, the identity of the victim became clear. Her name is Gülsüm Şencanlı. She is aknown prostitute. She is known as Fettan Gülsüm. She is famous for trapping very younggirls, and selling them.''''God damn bitch'' exclaimed Cemal, unable to control himself.''Her folder is thick because of her many crimes. She got benefit of the pardon and wasdischarged. She took over her business as soon she got out...''''So this one also got the benefit of pardon, huh''At that point, Cemal's heart had untightened the warp attached to the port of anxiety. Hisconscious was as light as a feather... Whoever this murderer was, he was specifically killingthe traders that enjoyed the fruits of the last law of pardon.''Ok tell me Şehrazat.Well...Ümit.''

With startled eyes, Ümit looked over Cemal.''The report of legal medicine is the same as the others... Which means we don't haveanything new in our hands...With your permission I am deepening the investigation aboutthe victim.''''Ok, go ahead.'' said Cemal. The peaceful birds of relaxation settled on the edge of Cemal'seyebrows. The night had penetrated to the marrow of the city. Houses were all black silent.The transparent wreckages of the city, meaning the streetkids and the homeless, thosetrying to find consolation from thinner and alcohol, street dogs of loneliness and Cemal hadbeen left in the deepless darkness of the city. Cemal's loneliness was a heavy tonnage one.He still couldn't have forgotten Gamze. In fact he never wanted to. Though She had nevererased anyone's name from his heart. All the Love that penetrated his life was like an oldletter in deep corners of his heart. Some nights these pavements would be the residence ofhis sorrow.Cemal was walking towards the heart of the night, as if he had never stopped. He also didn'tknow the target of his sorrow. All of a sudden, a shadow approached from a desolate corner.An old man with his glimpsing eyes, and shabby dress crossed his way.He said ''Hey boy! Leave the pain. Shake off and kiss the pink cheeks of hope. Never forgetthat every love is an excuse for you to get burned. You are propeller turning aroundyourself'' and dissapeared in the darkness again. This time Cemal was not surprised. He gotused to it. Taking a deep breath, he directed the barrel of his loneliness towards the house.He went into the house like a storm and lit all the lights one by one. He angrily steppedtowards Gamze's picture that was standing on the table. He got the frame and angrily threwit to the wall.''Now I'm content...''Mountains on his heart became vapour and flew away. Everything looked brighter thanbefore.''Enough is enough. What was that, he cried.''He immediately went to the bathroom and washed his sweaty face. His eyes were reflectinga clean page now. Finally he had destroyed the fixture icon of his heart.In the morning, he woke up with a flock of sparrows fluttering in his soul cage.

He ran out of bed like a pebblestone out of a child's sling. The doorbell rang as he wasleaving the bathroom and heading towards the kitchen. It didn't sound like a doorbell toCemal, but like a dancing melody. Whistling he headed towards the door. As soon as heopened the door he kissed the amazement on Jale's face on the lips. Girl's face turned intoembarassed red. Her eyes became the motherland of excitement.Cemal entered the station with a cigarette in his hand with it's pleasurable smoke and thewanderer birds of reverie in his inner pocket.Those who have seen the fall of nervous fortress on his face couldn't leave their eyes. Andthe careless mimics that were organized on his face were so alien to the people of the office.Cemal even saluted one or two. People around him thought that this was a symptom opf thedoomsday.As he was passing by the table of theft his eyes met with a young and beautiful womanofficer's eyes. ''Not a bad girl at all Cemal murmured, turning and looking back. The girl wassmiling to herself trying to cover up her shyness. What a girl she was!.. Her hair was like abundle of freesia of Van Gogh yellow. Who knows to which blue sea belonged hereyes...Would Cemal's eyes be able to swim in this wild blueness.While Cemal was writing his every step with all the comfort and renewing on the whitepaper of his life, his friends who were not used to his late coming was wondering where hewas coming from. Cemal glided into his office like a swan.All the startled eyes were directed towards him. The molotov cocktail that was ready toexplode every minute had gone, and a calm ocean wave had come instead.''Good morning chief.''''Good morning.''''Are you fine.''''Of course I am. Why?''Well...We wondered about you because you were late.''He said I had some business to do and walked towards his table. Necati's hands wereshaking with confusion as he brought the brewed tea to be drunk with his newly lit cigarette.

The raindrops were passing by licking the windows of the office with their mysteriouswhispers. A timid silence was walking outside. Cemal lifted his head up by a uniformedsentence that stood upon his ear:''Chief you have a call.''''Who is it?''''Doesn't say who it is. This person insists on talking to you''''Ok, I’ll take it.''''Cemal's telephone rang to a piercing tension: ''Hello, who is it?''''There's blood under every word.''Cemal got startled as if he had a slap on his face. The inscriptions that were carved on thecorpses were not published in the press. And this sounded like the others.He pulled himselfup immediately and gave a signal for the colleagues to identify the location of the caller.''Yes I am listening to you, what do you want?''''Justice!''''Will you be more specific?''''Tell me Captain Cemal, if the state itself puts a dynamite to the foundation of justice, whatwould a victim do?''''What do you mean?''''If you want to find me, search the beginnings carefully...''''Hello!Hello!Hello!''''...'''' Could you identify the location?''''No Chief. He hung up too early.'' Cemal put the receiver back slowly.''If the state itself puts a dynamite to the foundation of justice...Yes it's definitely connected

to the law of pardon. But how!?. Well, what did he mean when he said search thebeginnings...Beginnings of murders, or beginnings of law of pardon ?Or something else?..This discomforting telephone call put an end to all the hapiness that had played on his heartlike a ladybug, with the stroke of a sword. A worried voice spoke five minutes later:''Chief, it's him again.''''Put him on right away!'' Telephone was put on immediately: ''Hello!''''Blood voices on my handkerchief' ..''''Hello!Hello!Hello!!..He killed someone again...''The moon was whispering to the city from the gap of black clouds. The vibrant black hair ofthe sky was leaning on to the face of the city drop by drop. Desolation was standing in frontof the night like a drawn switchblade.The wipers of the car weren't able to cacth on, to postpone the curtain of the rain...Cemalparked the car to the pupilary of desolation. He breathed the horror closely. After all, deathhad passed from here scaping. In the air, the fear of death that was mixed with earth smellsof rain... The night was was the widest shelter of murder anyway in every meridian circle.Cemal's every step was a window that was opened to concern. He had no wish to meet anew corpse tonight. But the duty was inescapable.Night had attached the moon to it's collar like a diamond brooch.Black clouds were dispersed, promising to meet again in a new activity.The moon was trying to infiltrate the house crashing with the light of the kitchen lamp. Therain was withdrawn from the window leaving the fingerprints on the glass. Jülide wasstanding in front of the kitchen stand like an exclamation mark. She carried on rinsing theplate in her palms. An unseen peace spread on her face. And Jale's dead body lying on thetable, deep purple...Julide never hesitated to get into action. Because the magma layer of hatred which hadaccumulated inside her had overflown long time ago. Because since her childhood whatevershe wanted was taken away from her hands by Jale. Cemal was the last one...Nobody could

guess the volume of Julide's dissapointment. Jülide was extremely tired of this competitionthat was going for forty years.And she wanted to win the last round, by taking the sweet life of Jale that she loved somuch.It was a dinner as always, putting carnation on the collar of sorrow. In the begining it was afarewell of another day of two missed lives.Tonight there were no whispers of children in the house, there was no husband to ring thedoorbell again. Food was being eaten in the kitchen that was filled with silence. Jülide was ascalm as a lake as if it was not she who was going to strangle her sister in a short while. Infact, she was not that far to the thought of murder. In her head she had killed Jale severaltimes in different ways.She slowly got up from the table with an excuse. The time for revenge had come for Jülide.She went to the bedroom and took the belt that she had prepared before like a rope. Shefelt neither excitement, nor fear. She didn't even care that she was going to be a sister killerand going to rot in jail. She headed towards the kitchen with sneaky and dark steps as aleopard approaching it's prey. She was going to fade lillies of the time in Jale's handimmediately. With the belt hidden behind her she went into the kitchen . Jale was sitting atthe table with her back to the door. She put the belt on her neck speedily and started tosqueeze with all her strength.Her victim was shaken strongly and tried to protect her throat. A strangled moan wascoming out of her mouth. Julide, tightened the belt stronger. The blindsided Jale with herunconciously shaken hands, scattered everything on the table. The chronic hatred insideJulide had erupted like a volcano at last. A deep violence was flowing from her fingerstowards Jale's throat. Then the flounderings stopped. Jale had breathed her last breathfinally. He rface was deep purple, and her eyes were wide open.She kept on pressing the belt to be sure that she was dead. When she finalized pressing it,Jale's head fell on to the table like an overthrown tree. All of a sudden Jale felt herself aslight as a feather. Her soul was filled with an indiscrabible peace. Finally she had succeeded.She immediately went into the bathroom and tidied her hair. She shouldn't meet the policewith an untidy appereance. She carefully put on her make-up and combed her hair. Thenreturned to the kitchen and tidied up the table.Calling the police she told them in cold blood that she had commited a murder. And shecarried on washing the dishes while she was waiting for the police.

Cemal was moving on with his car splitting the mourning of the city with the question marksin his mind. The killer was working fastidiously. The research team at the incident pointcouldn't find any clue once more. The victim had been murdered with the same methods likebefore. On the back the inscription was carved saying 'Blood voices in my handkerchief.' anda big letter E in the midst of the chest... 'Ok, understood that the killer only kills those whowere discharged of pardon benefits. This was the only common thing of the victims. Hepunished them in his own way. It's ok until now. Possibly a pardon victim. But then what dothose inscriptions mean trying to express something but in a very complicated way. Andwhat do those letters mean that were carved on their chests?..Oh it's not easy not to getinsane. There is neither any clue nor an eye witness. Only these goddamn inscriptions. Hewas tired of struggling with the questions that bled his mind. The pressure of his superiorswas increasing every minute. Not being able to make any progress on this case was standingout like a black stain. All the questions that forced his mind immediately dissapeared whenhe saw the police car in front of the house. What was the police emergency team doinghere?.. As he parked the car quickly and went downstairs, Jülide came out of the doorattended by two policemen. His astonishment was increased when he saw Jülide withhandcuffs. He approached them and asked in a panicky way :''What's wrong Jülide?''Jülide looked at Cemal with a vacant look. She had a calm expression her face like a paper-ship swimming in a bowl.''Chief, this lady has murdered her sister'' said the officer standing next to her. Cemal felt asif he had received a big punch in his stomach. She stood there looking at Julide withquestioning eyes. Jülide on the other hand was looking around indifferently.As the officers were taking Jülide away, Cemal was nailed on the pavement. Barbed wire hadembraced his heart. With stammering steps he hardly headed the house.''My God, what have I done, oh my god.''A dreadful regret was pressing his heart like a crampon. He wanted to wake up from thisnightmare...Rain had stopped. Night was stuck on the city like a wet dress. At this momentCemal wanted to be a bug and dissapear in the most hidden corner of the city. His heart hadcrashed to sorrow wherever he turned. Sorrow had collapsed on him like earthquakerubble.All of a sudden the sound of the morning prayer filled the room. Cemal directed hisunconscious eyes towards the window. The sky was being knitted with iron knots. The

rhymed clouds were shoulder to shoulder in the sky. An experienced wind was spoiling theface of the city.A torned wuthering was approaching the capillary vessel of the city. Cemal got up from hisarmchair in a terrible manner.All night long he wandered in the house with a heavy struggle with his consciousness. Whenhe came to the police station he was like a ship abandoned as junk. He slowly committedsuicide with every cigarette he lit. The chief had called him and offered a couple of daysvacation which Cemal gracefully refused. He knew very well that the only consolation forhim was his job.Ümit couldn't approach Cemal for a long while. He didn't know what to say. Then first hepresented his condolences and then gave his report about the beheaded murder that wasfound yesterday. No clue had been found again except the inscription saying ''bloodvoiceson the handkerchief'' and a big ‘E’ that was carved on body's back.No matter how much Cemal forced himself, he had difficulty in concentrating on his job. Thepossible states of Jale'S body was forcing the limits of his mind.As the days passed, Cemal had begun to open out the fog curtain that conquered his brain.Two finalised folders had given him some hope. He worked day and night and tried not toremember what happened. Jülide was under arrest and in jail. She didn't utter a word abouther reason for killing Jlae. The policemen responsible for this case were specially carefulabout not mentioning the details of this murder when Cemal was around. However therewas no progress made on the beheaded murder cases. The last body found belonged tocontracter Emin Yıldırım who was known as Torn Emin. This man who was responsible forthe lives of people who died under the collapsed constructions and rubbles on seventeeth ofOctober Earthquake, was discharged with pardon benefit like the other victims.One night when Cemal was trying to be 'a fish in raki bottle', the telephone rang. A newbeheaded body was found. Cemal who hardly put his head up from the calm lake of sorrow,quickly got on the road. Night had steered his nails through the city. Black clouds blockadedthe moon. Cemal was driving his car towards a dirty obscurity. When he reached the point ofincident the usual scene had welcomed him. This time the inscription saying 'We touchedwith our hands to the people's grieves. A big ‘D’ showed in the midst of it's chest.In the following days the identity of the victim was clarified.The victim was Ali Sonay known as Cin Ali. His criminal record was huge, he was a masterswindler who hurt many people. He sswindled a lot of people, promising that he would makea lot of people retire from Bağkur despite their lack of insurance premiums. Cin Ali, like allother victims, had been discharged from pardon benefit.

Cemal was totally confused with this case. On the one hand he had to find the murderer, onthe other he couldn't help justifying the murderer. Anyway the murderer left no clue behindand made no mistakes. Even though this situation was on his favour, occupationalresponsibility was biting Cemal like a torn.He had thought a lot about the carved inscriptions on the bodies, but could not give ameaning to them yet. The murderer was sending his message in an obscure way. Andcomitting murders more frequently. In a morning where gloom had invaded the sky, anotherbeheaded body was found. Again with broken bones with hammer strokes and cigaretteburns, he was lying on the side of a street. This was the sixth body that was found. Thefollowing day Ümit came to Cemal with his report:''Chief are you available?''''Yes what is it?''''I brought the report about the body found yesterday.''''No clue again, isn' that so?''Saying ''Unfortunately, Ümit bowed his head slightly, as if it was his fault.''Cemal asked ''What is the criminal record this time?'' as he was crushing his cigarette in theashtray like a bug.''This time it is the worst of all, his name is Necati Tandoğan. He had raped a little girl andkilled her. Then he threw the body to the cesspool...''''Honourless motherfucker!'' said Cemal, clenching his fist and pressing his teeth hard.''And the most dishonourable of all, Chief'' said Ümit and continued:''Due to the law of pardon, in cases of rape which ended with murders like this, the psycho'spunishments were set to zero...''''God damn it's true'' responded Cemal, in an extremely tense manner.''This wicked psycho called Necati also have served his sentence, then discharged after thebenefit of pardon.''

''What kind of justice is this! The guy rapes a small girl, kills her and throws her to theshithole, and then the state pardons his murders. What kind of shit is this! What the hell'''It is written on the back of the body 'As our singularity was drowning in the moonlight'.'And he has the letter T on his chest.''''Uhm...'' ''Let's see where this will lead.'' ''Ok go on'' said Cemal carelessly...Again Cemal had imprisoned his loneliness in his house. The sun had left long ago aftertouching the roofs. Darkness had spread all over the city like virus. He finished his third glass.He took another piece of cheese. Although he didn't want to catch the murderer of thebeheaded corpses the pressure of his Chief officers were increasing considerably. He wasgetting serious scoldings. Even though he was unwilling, he had to solve this case in order togo on with his career . He started writing the inscirptions carved on the backs of bodies oneunder the other:Which silkroad multiplies the sequence of letters....KHe suddenly realised when he put all these inscriptions on the other,, there appeared aname from the initials. ''There's written Hikmet here!.. Isn't it that?... Tell me?.. Ok i found.This is an acrostic.''He immediately called Ümit: ''Yes what can i do for you?'' '' Ümit it's me.'' ''Yes Chief.''''Your cousin was a literature teacher wasn't he?''''Yes!?''''I've found a clue with this beheaded murders. I need your cousin. Call him and ask if he isavailable for tomnorrow so we can drop by.''''Ok chief.''When he put down the telephone, he was excited but also sad.''Sorry buddy. I have to catch you'' he murmured.The following day Cemal got the adress of Ümit's cousin and went to the school in which heworked around noon time. During lunch break, he met the teacher and went to a teagarden.

He handed over the paper in his hand saying ''Here Mister Hüseyin, the acrostic.'' Taking asip from his tea, Hüseyin stared at the pape.''Let's see...These are all verses.''''Verses?''''Yes, these are verses from famous poets.'' The first verse 'Which silkroad multiplies theserries of letters' belongs to Kermal Özer. The K letter nearby is Kemal Özer's K. The verseunderneath belongs to Ece Ayhan. E letter nearby symbolizes this. The other versesrespectively; Cemal Süreyya, Edip Cansever, İsmet Özel and Turgut Uyar... I understand yourmurderer love the Second New a lot.''''Is there any poet by the name Hikmet?'' asked Cemal curiously.''Well I wouldn't know...You may find some information from literature magazines. Thebeginners send lots of poems toı the magazines. His address can be found from there.''''Thank you very much said Cemal.'' with a warm smile spreading on his face...He returned To the police station immediately and sent the assistants to well-known literaryjournals to make investigation. In a couple of hours, the whole team came back:''Chief we ascertained the suspect's identification and adress.'' said Ümit pridely.''Very well''''But there's more...''''Let's hear it.''''Well captain, our cousin thought very well. The suspect sent his poems to the literaryjournals. We ascertained his full name and open address from a journal. Hiss name is HikmetÇeliköz. He is an interior architect and...''''So?''''You know the last body we found, that one who raped the small girl and killed her...''''Yes!?'' ''Well that little girl was Hikmet Çeliköz's sister. Cemal swallowed his pain. He puthimself in Hikmet's poisition in an instant.

''Chief, this Hikmet Çeliköz was peaceful and harmless guy. Although this incident hurt himvery much, he has continued his life in a normal way. But when this psycho was dischargedfrom jail by this law of pardon, he became isolated. Left his job and stopped seeing anyone.''Ok, understood'' sighed Cemal. ''Prepare the teams. We're going to make a raid. As soon asthe teams were ready, they went to raid Hikmet's house. Doors were broken, they wentinside, but Hikmet was not at home. The superintendent said he saw Hikmet going towardsthe pier half an hour ago. All teams headed quickly towards the pier.And Hikmet, his feet fixed to the edge of the pier, screamed as if the veins of his throat wereexploding: ''This has to come to an end...''Then an impertinent silence tinkled in their ears. The moon extended it's head between thebrunette clouds and grinned.Even though the sea was waiting with mother’s care her arms opened, Hiikmet couldn'tthrow himself into the deep peace.He wanted to get purified, but couldn't succeed. Couldn't resign from life...Comitting suicidecouldn't be brought into action easily as he had dreamed... He understood. His mind wasdecisive to go back while his feet pretended not to understand. It was neither easy to goback nor to jump into the sea. At the instant he returned and made a step, his head-hung inthe manner of a student who got zero from the oral test, he heard the sirens. Putting up hishead, his eyes met the spotlights of the police cars. This was a big chance for Hikmet. If youcan't fall down from life's balcony, somebody could push you into obscurity. It was easier todo so.The whole team, getting out of the cars at the pier, pulled out their guns. Cemal wasstanding in front his team with his revolver ready to shoot.''Hikmet! Surrender!''''Welcome Cemal. Welcome my angel of death. Don't think that you won this game. I gave itto you as a gift.'' Cemal's hand was shaking for the first time when he was directing his gunat somebody. And his heart was stammering. He didn't want to harm Hikmet, but he had todo his duty. If he had the chance he would have given a medal to Hikmet, but he was apoliceman and he had to act in accordance to laws. Even though, laws didn't bring Justice.He was approaching Hikmet with small and anxious steps. He was frightened to death thathe Hikmet would do something wrong and he would have to shoot him.''Come on Hikmet, don't do something stupid. Surrender! This is the end!''

''The end!Well..What will happen now? I will surrender, go to jail. Well...Will they alsopardon me in two years!?''Look I understand you very well. I mean I become mad from anger when I put myself inyour position. I was depressed because of what happened to your sister and this psychobenefiting from the pardon... But now you must surrender...It has come to an end...''Come to an end, is that so!? What about me becoming inhuman - somebody who hasn'teven slaughtered a chicken in his life!? I, a harmless gentleman, had to establish my ownjustice...Huh!..Ok, who pushed me into being both the judge and the executioner!? Tell mebuddy what has come to an end!?The shield of Cemal's heart was torn into pieces. He felt as if he was directing his gun to hisown brother.''Don't do this Hikmet, surrender. Don't leave me alone with the pain of consciously shootingyou. Surrender. There'S no place to escape.''''Escape!? No one can escape from himself Cemal...''''Ok Hikmet. Slowly raise your hands up and surrender.''Hikmet didn't give any answer. He looked at Cemal with empty eyes. And he quickly directedhis hand to his belly as if he was pulling out his gun. In fact he had no gun on him.Cemal with his proffesional reflex, had two rapid shots. Two forced bullets, passed throughHikmet's chest. One in the middle of his heart, which was the metropol of pain. Hikmet'sdead body rose into the air with the force of the bullets. A peaceful smile was spread on hisface.He fell into the sea as if he was falling into his mother's womb. The sea embraced andcherished Hikmet on it's bosom. A fistful of blood was left on the water that belonged toHikmet...On the pier Cemal kneeled down and started crying without any care for the others...Andagain the rain...Which this time it was the teardrops of the sky which pierced the night.

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