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The room is empty.

I sit in the corner,

Knees up,

Arms wrapped around them.

Everyone’s gone home from school.

Almost everyone.

He struts in.

Glances at me, smiles.

“Sorry about today,” he says.

Obviously, he’s not.

“How about yesterday?” I ask.

His eyes widen.

He shrugs.


He tosses the word off like a tip.

Or pennies to a homeless person.

“What about last week?”

He peers at me.

Recovers, then smiles.

He approaches and squats before me.

As he would before a child.

Or a dog.

“There are two kinds of people,” he says.

I let go of my knees.

“The bullies and the bullied,” he finishes.

I reach into my waistband and pull out the silenced gun.

I shoot him in the gut and he falls back,


I rise.

I press my foot on his injury.

He grits his teeth to contain his screams.

“More like the weak and the strong,” I say,

Before putting one in his head.


Debbi Mack is the New York Times ebook bestselling author of the Sam McRae mystery series. You can find her online at and follow her on Twitter @debbimack.

New York Times bestselling author of seven novels, including the Sam McRae Mystery series. Screenwriter, podcaster, and blogger. My website:

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