The Knowledge By J.B. Stevens

Punk Noir Magazine

The VFW was mostly empty. 

Duke sighed. “It’s never easy.”

“It’s a sure thing,” Zeke said.

“Last ‘sure thing’…wasn’t.”

“Cops never got us.”

“Only ‘cause Smitty was on patrol and let us slide.”

“Knowledge of war crimes makes a great get-out-of-jail-free card”

“You play that one too much. Where’d you get tonight’s tip?”

“Smitty.”

Duke nodded. 

“Self-storage on Benedict Arnold Drive,” Zeke said. “5pm. Bring zip-ties.”

“Or?”

“Your secrets end up on Wikileaks.”

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Duke missed the clarity of war.

Smitty pulled out the heroin. “ODing is like riding a summer-breeze.”

Zeke struggled against the zip-ties. They held. 

J.B. Stevens writes fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and reviews. He was a finalist for the Killer Nashville Claymore Award for best unpublished crime novel, nominated for the Pushcart Prize for poetry, and won Mystery Tribune’s inaugural micro-fiction contest. 

J.B grew up in Georgia. He lives in the Deep South with his wife, daughter, and Yorkshire terrier.  J.B. earned a Bachelor’s degree from The Citadel and a Master’s degree from Troy State University. He is a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and undefeated in Mixed Martial Arts competition. One of his early fights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L10u8YSds4E

J.B. is a former U.S. Army Infantry Officer. He attained the rank of Captain before being honorably discharged. He saw combat in Iraq and earned numerous awards, including a Bronze Star.