Shannon returns home. Once she closes the door behind her, she leans her forehead against the door, hair hanging down over her face and tears threatening to stain her cheeks. She is shaken by what has happened after the meeting tonight. They plan on killing De Soto, though she doesn’t know his name. She can’t get her mind around the fact that they intend to commit murder. No; assassination. From what she remembers, the difference between murder and assassination is that an assassination is where a person is killed for a political end. And from what she gathered from Crow’s mind only confirms this suspicion. What does she do?
Shannon is currently home alone. She’s glad that Marc isn’t here right now because she doesn’t want to have to deal with anyone at the moment. She will eventually want someone to talk to about this so that she can get things off of her chest, but she’s also reluctant to share what she has gotten herself into out of fear of the repercussions. Eventually, she pushes herself off of the door and heads to the shower. She feels like she needs to clean herself off. A factor in this is that Crow tried to do read thoughts on her as she was leaving. This caused her to feel an unpleasant tingling sensation within her head.
Is that what Crow felt when she was trying to read his thoughts? Is this what everyone felt when they had their mind read? This compounds her feelings of guilt and displeasure, to know that she caused others to feel like this. Knowing that this sensation only occurs when someone actually detects the probe wouldn’t have made Shannon feel better. One would have to be aware that it is going on before you can have that sensation. If you do detect it doesn’t necessarily mean that you can block it. But because she and Crow are both psionics, it makes it easier for them to detect the probe when it is being used on them.
When Shannon started feeling that tingling sensation, the first thing she did was to focus just on it. She was still a little scatterbrained at first, but she continued to focus on it as she was walking away. Focusing on the tingling sensation actually helped her counteract the telepathic action because it helped her clear her mind of other thoughts. But never the less, it’s not foolproof. When she was at the training camp in the Angeles National Forest, the technique to block telepathic actions wasn’t directly addressed. Not to long before she left the camp, Shannon asked, if indirectly, how to do it, and she wasn’t able to get a satisfactory answer.
As she was walking away, the tingling sensation eventually faded and went away. This was because she was falling outside of Crow’s range. But unsure that was the reason, Shannon continued to be on guard until she got into her car. Thinking back on it, Shannon isn’t sure how effective her attempt to block the telepathic action was. It was just the first thing that came to mind. Focusing on that tingling sensation took some concentration. From what Shannon could tell, when she performed read thoughts on Crow, the conversation didn’t falter and the block seemed to form quite quickly. But she didn’t hang around long enough to know for sure.
Thinking about it, this scares Shannon because it indicates that Crow is very experienced with his abilities. And with the fact that Crow has some powerful abilities makes it even more intimidating. Adding to this feeling of dread is that Crow has managed to gather a large body of supporters, not only in Los Angeles, but in neighboring states as well. Accompanied with the information gained from this meeting, the New World Power is still growing and growing fast.
Compounding the problem is the situation which Shannon finds herself. She wants to go to the authorities and warn them of the threat, both to Congressman De Soto and the growing size of the New World Power. But she also fears the repercussions that follow if she goes to the authorities and tell them what she knows. If she does talk, she sees threats from two fronts; first from law enforcement with the threat of prison and the loss of her freedom, the second from the New World Power, who would seek reprisal against her for the damage that would occur when she talks to the authorities. Shannon’s fear of incarceration is a driving force behind her remaining silent. She fears that she won’t be able to make it while behind bars; fresh meat being fed to the wolves.
And with her experience with the police in recent memory, it’s hard for her to trust them. The fallout from the rally still leaves a bad taste in her mouth. The police are supposed to be the good guys. They’re supposed to be guided by principles and a code of conduct. If they fail to stand by this code of conduct, they could actually be worse then the bad guys they fight because you don’t know where they stand. With the bad guys, you expect them to do bad things. The good guys are supposed to be at a disadvantage. That is what makes them the good guys. Of course, the code of conduct will have some give to it, but it’s not meant to be malleable. Officers aren’t supposed to decide which principles will apply, and how so. Otherwise, they’ll be completely useless and we fall into tyranny.
Shannon is finding that there isn’t an easy answer to be found here. If someone who looks at the situation solely through the prism of morality, they would say that Shannon should go to the police regardless of the situation. But humanity is more complicated than that. People go about making decisions based off of what is best for them as an individual. Also, morality is not set. It changes over time as the social values change.
Shannon needs some time to think, and a nice warm shower would help calm her nerves a bit. As she gets ready for a shower, Shannon can’t help but look up at the mold forming at the top of the walls and along the ceiling. She keeps contacting the management office, but they continually fail to return her calls. But even if they would return her calls, she believes that they won’t even acknowledge the problem, let alone fix it. But even if they did, they would place the blame on the tenants and still fail to fix the problem.
The mold is disgusting to look at and it’s disturbing to know that the management company won’t do anything to fix it. Its bad human relations and even worse management demonstrated by the management company. She sees it as corporate greed and the desire to improve the bottom line above everything else, even above the basic principle of the rental property business; to serve the tenants. And it’s even a violation of the tenants’ rights, but Shannon doesn’t know how to go about proving it, let alone finding the information.
(c) 2011 Bradley P. Thomas