By Mark Murphy

A few hours after their appointment, the Diarios returned and killed Mariposa. After they fled, Mariposa wanted to leave a message but feared that if he died in the middle of writing "Diario," Diana Mariposa or D.I. Armbruster might be implicated. Then, remembering his background, he wrote "BID" and covered the paper with the mortar and pestle, hoping someone would remember that "Diario" means "daily" in Spanish and that on prescriptions, BID means "bis in die" — Latin for "two times daily."

Mark Murphy's work has appeared in Futures Mystery Anthology Magazine, Mysterical-E, and Mouth Full of Bullets.

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