The darker side of life in Washington, DC

DC Darkside, which went active on the World Wide Web on May 7, 1996. Darkside is an experiment with articles that were published through 2004 and went into archival...

Reunion

He couldn't help noticing how the woman at the table across the room kept looking at him. She could have been his age, but better preserved. Where age had ravaged...

A life that wasn’t there

It started with a Christmas card. "Thinking of you," the card said. Talk about a voice from the past. A simple card, nearly 35 years after that day in high school...

Intervention

She heard the alarm go off at 6:30 a.m., signaling time to get up and go to work. Only she wasn't asleep. She was still at the computer keyboard, reading...

When a stranger calls

She jumped when the phone rang. It rang again. She looked at it with fear. She didn’t want to answer it. It was him. She knew it was him. She looked at...

The good life in Lafayette Park

Say hello to Marsh. How ya doing Marsh. "Couldn't be better." Life treating you o.k.? "Yep." Tell me Marsh. Where do you live? "Sixteen-oh-one Pennsylvania Avenue." Across the street from the White House? "Yep." So you and the...

Gone in 42 seconds

Thursday night. Northwest Washington, D.C. Late. Very late. Leon and Maxie are crusin', looking for a silver S-Class Mercedes. Any silver S-Class Mercedes. "Look," Leon points to a side street off Connecticut...

She had to have him

She noticed him on the first day of school. The eyes caught her attention first - dark, smoldering, haunting. Dark hair, nice tight body. The more she thought about him, the...

Respect means packing a nine

Jamal struts when he walks. It's a proud strut, because Jamal packs respect. He's got a nine. That's a nine-millimeter, a Glock 17 with a 19-shot clip and enough firepower to...

Raped once, raped twice

Sunday morning. Early. Not too hot yet. Connie Ericsson ignored the few other joggers on the path as she worked up to speed. Five miles. Not much of a workout...