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I gripped the pot and stepped in front of the doors. I slipped
my shoes off to soften my steps as they slid open with all the
speed of a snail. As the opening grew wide enough for me I
walked through as fast and quiet as I could manage. I made
straight for the nearest aisle for cover, never looking over until I
was out of his line of site. With my back to a shelf full of potato
chips I leaned over to make sure I was clear. I fully expected to
come face to face with the barrel of his gun, but he had not seen
me. I leaned back in and breathed a deep sigh of relief, but soon
my heart was racing again as I thought on what I planned to do
next. I stood frozen for a moment, knowing that every second
that passed could make the situation more dangerous. I peered
down my aisle and saw I was alone.
With huge gliding steps I sailed down its shiny surface until I
came to the back of the store. I slid around and continued until I
saw his back to me past the end of an aisle. With steps that
covered much less ground I strode forward without a sound. The
stocked shelves of cereal and soda pop seemed to go on forever.
When I reached the end a sudden spike of fear chilled me to the
spot. My feet would not obey my command to take another step
forward. Then I thought of my pregnant wife, sitting terrified
and alone somewhere in the store. I got control of myself again,
and took another step forward. As I pushed my feet forward
through the swamp of fear I raised one trembling hand high into
the air. Small bits of potting soil fell to the floor. The gunman's
raised voice masked the tiny explosions they made as they hit
the ground between us. Before my nerves could turn me yellow,
I flew forward and brought the pot down with everything I had. I
wasn't sure what I heard crack, as I smashed the pot onto his
skull, but it made me sick. As he fell to an unconscious heap his
gun bounced beside him and I scooped it up and shuffled back. I