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THE KARMIC DETECTIVE

Updated: Feb 10

FLASH GORDON FICTION 1000 words

 

In the relentless hustle of New York City, Detective Ava Santos tackled cases that often left her colleagues at a dead end. Her unique gift, a closely guarded secret, allowed her to see beyond the tangible evidence and into the karmic patterns that bound individuals across lifetimes. This ability made her an unparalleled force in solving crimes that seemed utterly unsolvable by conventional means.

 

The case that perplexed the precinct for several months was a series of thefts. The clues were few and far between; the incidents didn’t follow any logical sequence, but there was a suspect. A young man named Julian. Julian lived on the fringes of society, a hermit whose presence was so minimal it seemed almost ghostlike. For Ava, however, Julian’s true nature was not hidden. Her unique talent allowed her to perceive the layers of his existence, revealing the man before her and the multitude of lives he had lived before this one.

 

Ava’s extraordinary gift involved seeing the colors and patterns of an individual’s karmic history. These patterns, invisible to others, were auras that surrounded a person and held the keys to understanding their deepest motivations and actions. To Ava, Julian shimmered with the residue of a soul that had journeyed through time, carrying the weight of past deeds and the echoes of a thousand different sunsets.

 

Ava’s gift was not just a passive viewing of auras. When she focused, her mind’s eye peeled back the layers of time, revealing the vivid tableau of Julian’s previous incarnations. It was as if she were standing in the dusty streets of a long-forgotten city, hearing the clink of coins and feeling the weight of the heavy cloth of merchants' robes against her skin. The visions came to her in flashes—images superimposed on the present, turning the mundane surroundings of New York into a tapestry woven with the threads of history.

 

She could see Julian in his past life as the merchant, his hands heavy with gold as he counted his wealth in a candlelit room, the shadows of his actions stretching far beyond the stone walls. Ava witnessed the faces of those he exploited, their visages etched with the lines of hardship and despair, their karmic threads intertwining with Julian’s in a dance of cause and effect.

 

These spectral scenes offered Ava a glimpse and a sensory immersion into the emotions and experiences of those past lives. She could feel the merchant’s pride in his accumulated wealth, followed by the creeping cold of solitude as he lay on his deathbed, the rooms that once echoed with the sound of his prosperity now silent but for the labored breath of a dying man. It was here, in this moment of reckoning, that Julian’s soul had made its solemn vow.

 

In the present, these past-life memories manifested around Julian as hues of deep crimson and somber grays, the colors of remorse, and the desire for redemption. They swirled around him, a constant reminder of the debt his soul felt compelled to repay. This tapestry of color and emotion guided Ava, allowing her to trace the motivations behind Julian’s current actions and to understand the inexplicable pattern of his crimes.

 

As Ava connected with the essence of Julian’s being, she could almost hear the whisper of his ancient promise, each theft an attempt to honor a pledge made centuries ago. This karmic history provided her with the insight necessary to unravel the mystery of the thefts and to help Julian find a new way to fulfill his oath—one that could free him from the chains of his past and help him forge a new path in this life.

 

The thefts, inexplicable to many, were Julian’s misguided attempts to fulfill this vow. He targeted institutions that had, in his view, wronged the community, returning the stolen goods to those he deemed more deserving. Each theft hinted at Robin Hood but was instead a step towards balancing the scales of his past misdeeds, an act of restitution guided by the deep-seated guilt that permeated his being.

 

Ava’s understanding of Julian’s actions provided a breakthrough in the case and presented a moral quandary. To bring Julian to justice meant acknowledging the complexities of karma and the influence of past lives on present actions—a concept that her colleagues and the legal system were not ready to embrace.

 

Faced with this dilemma, Ava chose a path that honored her duty as a detective and her knowledge of the deeper forces at play. She confronted Julian, not to arrest, but to guide him. In their meeting, she spoke of the patterns she saw, the threads of karma that bound him, and how he could fulfill his vow without harming himself or others.

 

Seeing in Ava’s eyes a recognition of his innermost struggles, Julian surrendered. The case resolution came not through handcuffs and courtrooms but through legal and karmic restitution. Julian began to work with community organizations, using his unique talents to support those he had once sought to help through theft. Ava, meanwhile, ensured that the stolen goods were returned, and the case was closed in a way that left her colleagues puzzled but impressed by her unorthodox methods.

 

In the aftermath, Ava Santos walked the streets of New York, her secret still intact. The city around her pulsed with the unseen currents of karma, each person a node in an intricate web of actions and consequences stretching back through time. In Julian’s case, she had not only solved an unsolvable crime but had also set in motion a ripple of positive change, a testament to the power of understanding and compassion.

 

As the skyline of New York etched itself against the twilight, Ava knew that her work was far from done. There would be other cases, other souls seeking balance in the chaos of the city. And she, the detective able to see the unseen, would guide them towards a resolution that bridged the gap between past and present, karma and justice.

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