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A Short Story in the Slice of Life Series

David Lee Howells

Copyright 2013

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The day was bright and sunny, with pleasant clouds dotting the sky with clean white vapors that had decided it was much too nice a day to rain upon it. People have no such compunctions when it comes to creating a storm. That was proven by the situation.

An angry man had barricaded himself and three hostages on the second floor of Penway and Grostic Investments. Anger was an obvious role player in the man’s motivations, judging from the language he used on the borrowed (commandeered) cell phone. This was the situation-awareness contribution from the science of neurolinguistics.

The scanty facts presented suggested to those whose job it was to profile a criminal target that this stand-off was more planned than spontaneous. There was a sniff that this was all to make a statement of some kind. He may be yet another someone who wanted his fifteen minutes in the sun and was willing to risk an early demise-by-sharpshooter to get it. The younger the perpetrator, though, the less likely they were aware enough to realize the risk they were taking. That was a rule of thumb. In the military, it was called ‘the myth of invulnerability’.

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