The Hostage Crisis and the Rodent
The five members of the SWAT team checked their gear. Three of them carried the M4 carbine; the other two had sniper rifles. All of them also carried grenades and flash bombs. They had discovered the existence of a subterranean tunnel which opened up behind the house. Two of them, Eddie and Jake took this route. The other three, Will, Aaron and Fred were to assault from the front. They started moving into position.
Inside the house, the terrorists had discovered the presence of the intruders. They armed themselves with the standard AK-47’s that are so popular with their kind that some believe they are born holding them. Unfortunately, the terrorists’ names are not known. Hence they shall be known simply as X1, X2, X3, X4 and X5. X5 was the sniper expert and he climbed onto the roof and got into position. The other four spread and got under cover as well as they could.
Will was a little to eager to get into combat. The worst mistake one can commit in warfare is to rush into an unknown area without knowing who is waiting for you, and it is a mistake one can commit only once. X5 licked his lips the way a tiger does when he sees an antelope separated from the herd and prone to attack. He adjusted his sights, and pulled the trigger. An instant later, it was raining Will-brain on the ground as the bullet shattered through his cranium. Aaron was more cautious and more experienced. He had a sniper rifle too, so he crouched and got into position looking for any movement on the roof. But X5 was too good for him. Barely half a minute later, Aaron had joined Will in the queue leading up to St. Peter’s.
Move over to the subterranean tunnel. Both sides flashed each other, and in the course of the few seconds in which everyone was blinded, X3 had shot and killed three people, Eddie and two of his teammates. He swore, and at the same time shuddered at the thought of meeting his dead comrades in the afterlife. During these moments of indecision, Jake killed him, and to add insult to injury (or in this case death), he killed him with a knife. He was enjoying himself, and his path was now clear. He exited the tunnel behind the house, climbed up the ladder and reached the roof. He was pleased with the sight he saw. X5 was lying down, scanning the ground below for signs of Fred. He slowly and deliberately changed his weapon to pistol, and emptied the bullets into X5. One more to go, he thought. That one more turned out to be just behind him, and Jake realized this a split second after the bullet entered him. The terrorist returned into the house, went to the garage, and waited in ambush for Fred to come. A few minutes passed. Then he heard footsteps approaching. He raised his gun, hoping to kill the man before he could get his bearings. Fred came into sight, but instead of the headshot he had wanted, the terrorist aimed only at the corner of the ceiling. Fred shot him. The hostages were saved.
Immortalized by famous characters like Mickey and Jerry, this creature has evolved fairly rapidly and has shown tremendous adaptation skills throughout the course of history. But thanks to the global concern floated by a bespectacled kid in the US who was caught for breaking speed limits in his youth, this creature evolved into a totally new species, which of late has developed visionary traits. These traits enable it to move easily, but at the same time might cause occasional jerks in movement.
“Damn this optical mouse,” swore the avid gamer, as his opponent (codename Fred) shot him. The CT squad had won the clan match 7-6. (For the ignorant, clan matches are fights between two teams playing as terrorists and counter-terrorists in the classic multiplayer game Counter-Strike).