Confronting the Hoard

Previous installment of Vivid Black – Hungry Like the Wolf (entire series HERE)


The chambers door swung shut like an old west saloon door. Ray felt like the Town Marshall getting ready to face the outlaw gunslinger. He wasn’t sure he would win the fight but the terror that ruled the town had to be drained. Townspeople wanted safety and order where none existed while the case remained unsolved.

A group crafted a special curfew and called it the Sarah Jane Rule to gain his support. It assigned excessive, radical, restrictions and had a remarkable number of supporters. Normally a town has curfew laws requiring teens be off the streets at a set time. Ray considered the so called “rule” that required everyone without a waiver be off the streets by 11:00 p.m., ridiculous.

Sarah Jane made the case fantastically personal for Ray, so he was determined his grief and pain, wouldn’t make him want to impart control that would limit what people could do and feed into their fear. He went through the door into the Equality City Council chamber where the angry beehive of a panicked community converged and gathered fear, hate and power.

Mayor Ben Johnson glanced up from the layers of paper meant to escort the collective to resolutions and conclusions as Ray walked in.

“Lieutenant Ray Jacoby. Thanks for joining us.”


“We’ve about talked this thing to death Ray. Anything you have to say?”

Ray stopped in front of the council, parted his sport coat; his right hand went to his hip and  his left lounged habitually over his 45 caliber Glock 21. Head tipped and a sardonic grin marred his good looks as he fervently confronted them.

“Are you people crazy? This is America. Equality, Wyoming America. We don’t hide behind a crazy curfew claiming it’s going to take away the terror. Leta and I aren’t hiding behind closed doors peeking out the drapes looking for the bogeyman. We’re gonna stand up and fight.”

He turned, pointed at the crowd,

“What are you gonna do?”


I wrote this chapter of Vivid Black with the help of the prompt at Trifecta. They give us one word which we use the 3rd definition as inspiration. The response must be between 33 and 333 words.

RADICAL (adjective)

3rd Definition:

  • a : very different from the usual or traditional : extreme
  • b : favoring extreme changes in existing views, habits, conditions, or institutions
  • c : associated with political views, practices, and policies of extreme changed : advocating extreme measures to retain or restore a political state of affairs <the radical right>


3 comments on “Confronting the Hoard

  1. Annabelle says:

    I’m clearly going to have to go back and look at the other installments; there’s a lot going on here!


  2. I’m with Annabelle. I haven’t read all of the other instalments, and I think it would help me if I did. I love the way you end the piece by almost addressing the reader. Nice job with the prompt!


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