The Russian

“But the death penalty isn’t even in effect anymore!” she screamed.

She was right. This was good ol’ Cali-forn-i-a.

“It was in 2014. Putting prisoners to death is against the law there.”

“Exactly!” I screamed back. “He’s been sitting there for a good ten years, tops. He’ll be grumpy and ready to talk.”

“Who are you after?” Julie demanded.

“Alexei Ivanov is the man I’m after. Been there for ten years for homicide.”

“Explain — why him?”

“He was the top assassin for-hire throughout Europe and managed to be caught by a freakin’ red light camera here in California.”

“What exactly was he busted for?”

“He shot a man in his head while driving parallel with him, then ran the light and ended up on CNN.”

“Wow, so he executed a guy, but was caught by a red light camera.”

“Yes, that is the system we are using nowadays, is it not?”

“So why him?” Julie pressed.

“Because he’s good at what he does. We have a person on the inside. Talkin’ warden level. And he can help us fabricate torture templates.”

“A torture template being, the client isn’t aware of one.”

“Precisely. We need the Russian.”

“Okay, well you have my blessing. Go forth and bring back the fruit.”

“Thank you.” he said trying to hold in his enthusiasm. 

Writer and software engineer Ronald Huereca has been a developer at notable agencies like iThemes and 10up. His varied background has him working with WordPress since 2006, eventually creating his own plugin which, of course, lead to more. He spends quite a bit of his time volunteering with the WordPress project as a core and polyglot contributor. With all of his passions, writing has been the way Ronald expresses himself best. He has written both technical books as well as fiction. Some of his works include Project Mayhem, Mindefusement, and WordPress and Ajax. “You can only delay the inevitable” is his favorite quote. Ronald enjoys reading Stephen King and John Grisham. When he’s not writing, Ronald dreams of building websites filled with cats yawning, disclaimers his strong opinions, sings karaoke, and advocates for empathy surrounding mental health.

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