daily – 61

The pistol wasn’t actually pointed at me, but held to that particular side angle of taut preparedness that somehow felt more ominous than straight on.

“Back away from the door, sir.”

My body reacted more than my mind, and I obeyed.

The movement of Patrick on the stairs woke me, though. His eyes were still wide as he watched the other men, but he was obviously tense and he looked like he was trying to think of something to say to them.

I quickly caught his eye with a calming wave. “It’s okay,” I said with my Father Says No stare, before facing the officers again.