Author: Aeon Cole
Fandom: CSI: Miami
Spoilers: #706 Wrecking Crew
Challenge: Philosophy20 // table
Prompt: #14 Parallel
Word Count: 277
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Author’s Note: It was the last few seconds of this episode that spawned this bunny, something in Horatio’s eyes.
I can’t stop myself from feeling just a little bit sorry for him. Not Joey Salucci the mob boss but Joseph Salucci the father. We lock eyes for a moment as the officers assist him into the patrol car. In that moment I don’t see the evil in him. I see a fellow father, a father who lost his only child.
And as I look down at the picture of Kyle in my hands I can’t help wondering if I would react any differently. If, God forbid, something happened to my son, would I be able to stand back and accept the findings of the law or would the need for revenge overwhelm me and cause me to do what Salucci did. I wish I could give myself an answer to that.
If I did go down that road, it certainly wouldn’t be the first time. The more years that pass from my parent’s death the more I look at what happened to my father as revenge for killing my mother. Sure it was self-defense but I could have stopped him with a non-lethal shot. I didn’t have to kill him. And Antonio Riaz, there’s no doubt there. That was revenge. Eric and I hunted him down and killed him.
So, yeah, I’ve been there before. That’s why part of me feels just a little hypocritical about standing here as Joseph Salucci the father is escorted into the patrol car. The parallel is there. I can’t deny it as I return the photo of Kyle back to my pocket and slip my sunglasses on, covering what I know must be showing in my eyes right now, sympathy.