The Forced Assassin by Steven Hill
Approx. 4,320 words.
Published on September 10, 2012.
Tom Jackson finds himself in the middle of a plot to kill an alien ambassador.
A man named Andy Rennick pushes a heavy-looking revolver across his desk to Tom. He wants Tom to use it during humanity's first contact with an alien species.
Rennick is the commander of the orbiting space station on which this historic moment will occur. He knows every move that Tom could possibly make.