Better late than never

A year of writing prompts
Jan 20
A friend is arrested and asks you to clear their computer files. You come across one with your name.

It’s a part of the unofficial BroCode to clear the internet history and any contraband if one ends up dead. Typically it’s not if your bud ends up in jail, but regardless it still stands. Jeff really didn’t need to ask. I’m sure he’s just panicking.

His house isn’t its usual luster. Cheeto bags are spread across the floor, mixed with Coors light cans, and what I mistakenly looks like a pair of pink lace panties.

“Dude,” I say. I didn’t know that cleaning was also part of the job. Not knowing when or if his parents would arrive at the house i hurry and rid the house of any garbage. Then onto the computer.

A good scrub is going to be tough but he walked me through it once before. Luckily most of the incriminating stuff is on his 1 terabyte external hard drive.

I log into his PC and safely remove external hardware. He thinks you can just unplug it but I’d rather be safe than sorry.

The next logical step is to clear all internet browsing history and do a search for any files with illicit names. It is in my search that the computer populates a file with my name.

I double click on the ‘Bill’ file and browse the PDFS docs within. As it turns out he has not only illegally downloaded files but committed murder as well. Each document details direct orders in ridding himself of all evidence.

My body goes cold and I convulse once.

“It’s all part of the BroCode,” I remind myself and set to work.

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