Time to Remember
My captor radioed to his company that he had the target secured and that I was the leader. He then ushered me into the back of the SWAT van which let me tell you is no easy feat with your hands behind your back! The Pastor, the boy, and the other guy were already in there. We sat in uncomfortable silence as we were driven to another site. I tried to maintain a sullen demeanor which probably came off more as pouty. I then broke the silence, turning to my captor. "So...I guess this means lunch is a no-go?"
I thought it was a valid question.
We arrived at their base camp which was two blocks away from the church. I made the boy get out before me, and then gingerly made my way to step off, foot catching on something on the floor, and proceeded to tumble out the door. Luckily my captor grabbed me before I made it to the ground and helped me the rest of the way. See, I don't need anyone to defeat me, my clumsiness does a pretty good job on it's own! We were on a dirt road with several SWAT vans and Sheriffs vehicles. Across the road I saw my sweet lady hostages chatting away and a little further down I saw Kelly laughing it up, un-bound, talking with her brother-in-law. Had she convinced them that she was an innocent? Had she put all the blame on me? I asked my captor why she wasn't in cuffs and he replied that it wasn't my concern, and he couldn't comment on that.
Once again, proving what a miserable yellow bellied terrorist I was, upon interrogation I withheld nothing. I revealed my co-conspirators- implicating John as the third, how many explosive materials were present, how many guns, etc. When asked where the bombs were I regained some of my foothold due to my ignorance of their placement. I just sad repeatedly, "That was out of my realm of expertise. "
Ha! Terrorist 1 ....SWAT guy 20.
Once he had wrung as much information out as was humanly possible, we fell in silence. My arms were getting sore from being zip-tied and the SWAT guy asked me if I was alright. "Well, I'm not quite at "Blueberry" but I might be close." He called out to his command and relayed that vital bit of information and they agreed to free me.
The exercise was over.
That concluded my thankfully brief career as a terrorist. On my side of things, it wasn't as dramatic as I worried it would be. Previous to the event, I started panicking about what getting into the mindset of a terrorist would be like. I thought it would be too disturbing for me and it would have been if I actually had to go there. But thankfully we were led by consummate professionals who really had no intention of making us do something we were not comfortable with . We had the leeway to go dark with our characters, but the main object was the staging of events that could play out to see what the response would be. I came away with even more respect for our protections in place and the amazing men who keep us safe. They did an incredible job- not once did I see any of the snipers that were hidden close by and the negotiator did an admirable job at trying to keep everyone safe with his calm line of questioning. They handled the entire scenario quickly and efficiently while maintaining the safety for all involved. There is no question in my mind that true heroes walk amongst us.
On the downside, the TV news crew came and interviewed at the main site while we were being interrogated. So no faux terrorist glory. I am okay with that. My failures as a terrorist were not the notoriety I was yearning for. Besides, it wasn't about me and my petty actor's ego, it was about the men who dedicate their lives to protect the public and make the world a better place.
On the plus side., I got this bitchen patch!
Things I learned :
1) I don't have what it takes to be a terrorist. More touchy-feely than blowy-uppy kind of guy
2) Hanging up on someone can be fun! It releases lots of pent up aggression. Definitely on my future "to-do" list.
3)My negotiating skills leave something to be desired
4)I really need to work on my Spanish accent because Kelly thought I was doing Tevye from "Fiddler"
5)Always use your safewords even with the ones you think you're safe with, cause if you don't, you might get bitch-slapped!
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