He had not been born on Terra, although he had returned to the planet of his parent’s birth to bury his mother.
I’bin Ba’ad, drop out student of the College at Velar Naqal returned to bury his mother after an unknown assailant stabbed her.
This was his story.
The police did not originally suspect the son in the murder, his alibi was solid. Video of his office showed him working at the terminal and his time stamp on files fit where he said he was.
What investigators failed to realize, that his skills at spoofing both time and location on files covered his tracks well.
An arrow made of gallium, the cutting head sharpened with percussive taps while it was deeply frozen creating fracture patterns like glass made the edge nearly as sharp as obsidian.
Once the arrow left at high-speed from a compressed air pipe, it passed through the wealthy socialite with devastating results, leaving undetectable traces.
Once warmed to room temperature, the tool of parricide melted away into the ground.
Unable to find a projectile, the weapon used remained unknown.
Unable to recognize the disturbed soil, the police investigator missed the clue of gallium soaked earth with no explainable reason.
Only until the trail of bodies that seemed to pile up around I’bin that suspicion of his involvement were suspicions aroused about his mother’s death, by then, all evidence was lost.
Eventually, the serial killer I’bin was charged with a young couples disappearance, two women who had recently married.
The misogynistic human-canid hybrid did not show his animalistic DNA.
Other than the blood-lust.
By the time they captured him, the insanity that was I’bin, the killer-wolf charges mounted to over thirty-eight deaths. Another seventy attributed to him, but lack of evidence kept them from being brought to the trials.
Not that the government needed to use the other crimes.
The trial, I’bin Ba’ad, the press dubbed him “The Wolf” was declared sane enough to stand trial and for the first time in two-centuries, the inter-planetery courts, five judges sitting on the bench, listened to the evidence put to the jury.
Never before had the murders of so many involved more than one planet.
The jury of twenty-one retired to study the evidence and returned in three-hours.
Then an attempt for suicide by cop by attacking the bench of judges.
To his surprise, three of the judges were more than capable of defending themselves.
Taken by the officers to his place of holding, the execution proceeded quickly.
For two-weeks he met with his representative and the one person that stood by him.
Cu’Feur I’ous, to I’bin.
“Worry not, you will get your freedom.” Wolf-eyes looked into wolf-eyes. The two men shared DNA.
They were brothers.
When the date came, I’bin was strapped to the table, he had faith in his brother. He would walk out.
When the witnesses sat, he could see the first plunger start its deadly travel in the tube, pushing a pink drug into the IV line, then at that moment the lights went out.
I’bin opened his eyes, they did not focus properly for a moment, but there was no noise.
The needle in his arm pinched slightly when he scratched his nose.
Then I’bin blinked.
His arm was free! Someone had released the straps when they abandoned the area when the power went out.
Although, he had not heard any alarms. He decided that it was due to the medication that ran into his arm put him to sleep, people assumed he was dead when the power went out.
Laughing, the thought of his walking out of the room when no one was looking tickled his soul.
He already had plans for the judges and their families.
Darkness in the hallways, only the sunlight from the outside filtered in.
It was odd, not even the guards were around, prisoners were gone, too.
But the gates were open, no doors locked.
As promised, I’bin walked free, laughing at the power outage that caused the sheep to run frightened.
Even the prisoners bolted, maybe even taken by bus, but no matter.
Screw them all! He was free.
His next stop, where Judge Alkar Chronqui’s family was. He would break into the home and take a head to put on the hood of the Judge Davie Bleu’s car.
Laughing, I’bin looked around, no one could see him cut across the field towards town, dark thoughts for his arrival in town, it would be dark when he got to the park.
The main park where he hid his kit of tape, knives, drugs, rope.
The drugs would have gone bad, he dare not use them on victims, it might kill them.
More laughter as he covered the ground towards town when he kicked something in the tall grass and tripped.
Eviscerated, still steaming when he stood up. The coppery smell of blood came from his prison issue shirt.
He had blood soaking his shirt.
“Gawd Dayuam! They’s comin’ outta de groun’s Ostus! Der’s anudder one! Git ‘im!”
He squatted down, fishing around the body, looking for a weapon of any kind.
The sound of a baseball bat sounded in his ears. A sound of a grunt, a wheeze of a death rattle, he realized that whoever it was had not seen him.
He crawled through the grass carefully, towards the voices.
His heart was standing still, his breath was wheezing in his ears as he got closer to the voices.
If he could get a jump on them, what a wonderful twist of irony, he could kill someone killing someone.
He could see the top if their heads. They carried bats with nails driven into the fat end.
“No’ so easy ta make a soun’ wit yer throat stuck full’a holes, ain’tit a bish!”
The sounds of thumping and the bloody fluids made for a mist that I’bin could smell the blood in the air.
I’bin struck, leaping up and grabbing the first one, called Oestus.
His hands were stronger than he anticipated when he broke Oestus’ neck, taking the bat, he broke the head of the other wannabe killer.
But the look they gave as he came up, bloodied and muddy, they acted as if they saw the dead rising from the graves.
I’bin laughed, carrying the bat with him, he walked off towards the town. He saw another man stand up, also wearing standard-issue.
“Thanks, they were doing everyone from the prison.” The darkness hid the convicts eyes, but they glittered with a mixture of anger and fear. “I want to kill the judge for putting me in there. Then find each and every one of the jurors. I’ve not seen anyone for years, they don’t come to visit.”
“Let’s go. What were you in for?”
“They said I was a cannibal. I was not, they were chewed on by rats.” The pair moved towards the town. “I’m N’oi.”
“I’bin. What kind of name is N’oi?”
“What kind of name is I’bin?”
Shrugging, the pair moved off into the dark.
A cop car, the officers were looking at something when the pair stepped out from behind the trees.
I’bin gasped at the cops when they turned towards the pair’s approach.
Bloodied, one chewed on an object that looked like a forearm, the other had a foot.
On cue, the officers dropped the appendages and began to walk towards I’bin.
Looking at his fellow escapee, the convict stood there, drooling, his skin ashen, the big man made no other sound like conversation.
He took off in a run and dashed to the park.
The cops… he had never seen anyone do that before.
Canabalism? In a pair of them?
He could easily outrun them, there was something odd. No cars to wave down, the shirt stuck against his body with clotted blood and made him cold.
He’d need a fresh shirt.
Bodies in the park were milling around, a part of the late summer day with no power anywhere. He could kill one and take the shirt.
He recognized the first person he came across, a heavy-set girl. She had died pleading that she was pregnant while I’bin tied a plastic bag over her head.
And she saw him, making a noise. A cross between a siren and a scream, while pointing with both hands.
She was dead! He knew she was.
He had abused her body in death and knew every pore, every mole.
He took pictures and stared at them for months before he was caught.
I’bin ran down the street, heading to the middle of town, the police department would be a good place to go, someplace safe!
He ran headlong into the glass doors— Locked!
More people were following him! He recognized the lesbian couple, his first hunt!
Run! He had to run!
He had to find a cop, someone who could put him behind bars for protection!
What was happening with the world?
A car, an ancient Ford with the door open sat on the side of the street, he could mess with that and get it started.
Savage panic set in, I’bin ran. More people, they were coming out of the shadows.
No, not out of the shadows, out of the GROUND!
He was standing in the middle of a park, but not a park, it was the rural cemetery.
How did he get here? He needed to get back to the center of town, steal a cop car if he needed!
A cold hand grabbed him from a bush, feeling for a pulse?
He pulled his hand free- or did it let go?
It did not matter, he ran! Out of the ground they came in the failing light of day.
He needed to find tools! Break into a shed or a hardware store if need be.
He needed to run.
Into the darkness I’bin Ba’ad ran, chased by familiar faces of walking dead. His screams echoed long and loud in the gathering night.
The execution chamber of Terra Top Prison, they had not used it in anyone’s memory so the seating was awkward, the witnesses watched the last breath of I’bin Ba’ad.
“I hope he is in Hell and suffers a thousand deaths for each one he committed.” The father of the princess who he gave away to another princess at their wedding.
Turning and walking out. Pha’rem T’ru got his wish in ways he never knew.
Doctor Demonitor Drake checked for a lack of pulse to match the flatline on the screen nodded then paused.
“I would swear he pulled that out of my hand.” The doctor leaned over and looked into the dead prisoner’s eyes. “He was a coward in the end, look at the fear on his face, the jaw set and lips pulled back as if he was about to scream, eyes wide open. I’d say he was afraid to die.”
“Good for him.” The guard said. “Coroner is here. Let them take him out now.”
“Good, have him sent to Doctor Sherman Quincy, I want him autopsied. Someone like this needs to be studied, we will slice his brain up and study it.”
“You’re the doc, doc.” The guard nodded.
In the core of the world of the prisoner, I’bin became aware someone spoke of cutting him apart.
But only if they could catch him.
He continued to run.