‘A Worthless Punishment’ is an action/romance short story (9000+ words)
Jeff has one true passion in his life. ART. He cares little for anything else. That is until he meets Madeline.
When Jeff is rejected by the one woman he has felt he ever loved, Madeline his heart is broken. Just as bad is the fact that he now has no ‘inspiration’ to complete his paintings. He is now struggling to earn an income and pay the rent. He had never been rich but now can’t even earn from his work.
When Jeff hears a ruckus in Madeline’s apartment he assumes it’s the usual response to the noise he makes when frustrated with his inability to be inspired in his work. This time it ends up being a lot worse than he thought. Two men have intruded into Madeline’s apartment and killed her. What’s worse is the fact that the police having been called by persons unknown find Jeff and Silvio his friend from downstairs and charge them for the murders.
Now Jeff must pronounce his innocence and find a way to bring the real killers to justice. He must also find a way to find out why they killed his true love Madeline. First, he must find a way to free himself from what he believes is ‘a worthless punishment’.