Is there an easy way?
Often you hear people say you can do it the easy way or the hard way. Retrospectively, I look back at some of my choices, and I only see the hard way.Maybe something is missing in the translation or perhaps, I am pre-programmed to only choose the hard way.
As I write a post for my blog, a vehicle tears down my driveway. Mirthlessly, I smile. “They’ll need a front end alignment when they bottom out at the base of the hill.” I listen for the bang of the vehicle slamming into the ground. It doesn’t take long.
“Someone’s unhappy now.” The driver slams on the brakes and the car slides to a stop. SLAM! Heavy footsteps rush across my porch, and I slide my sidearm out of the drawer. My front door is assaulted with heavy blows.
“Mr. Freeman? My name is Denise, I am with the Sheriff’s Department. I need to speak with you concerning a recent post you shared on your social media site.”
“Sure. I’ll be right out. Have a seat on the front porch.”
“This won’t take long, sir. Could you open the door?”
Quietly, I sneak out my backdoor and slip around the side of my house. Four deputies are in breach position, and all are armed. I pull my sidearm out and step into view.
They all turn and I bring my sidearm up.
“You guys planning on tearing up my house?”
Denise puts her hands up and the other three keep their rifles trained on me.
“We don’t want no trouble….”
“Says the lady with three shooters. Exactly what post do you and your overlords have a problem with?”
“We don’t want to kill you.”
“Well, that’s comforting news.”
Denise gestures to the black clad figures at her side and they lower their weapons. I lower mine in response to their willingness to compromise.
“May we speak to you, Mr. Freeman?”
“Sure. You stay there, and I’ll stand here. Whatcha got?”
“You have shared numerous posts accusing the government of traitorous behavior. None of which has been proven. It is suspected that you may have terrorist ties. Are you a member of any such organization?”
“Lady, I live in the woods for a reason. I write a little, and rarely go into town. The woods provides me with what I need to live off of. I don’t do meetings or people very well.”
“I see, but there is still the posts that you’ve shared…”
“I mean no disrespect toward you or your team, Denise. However, if a few posts concerning the overreach of the government warrants a four man team to breach my cabin, then maybe the posts are accurate.”
“I could detain you and bring you in.”
“Yes, you could. I would suggest that we talk like civilized people and you say your piece.”
“Okay. Your government asks that you stop posting unverified accusations concerning their intentions.”
“Failure to comply will result in detention.”
I smile but all I see is red. Denise motions to her team members and they amble off my porch.
“Tell me something, Denise. Do you end all conversations with an implied threat?”
“Generally, we don’t have a conversation.”
“Okay. Well, y’all have a nice day.”
Denise forces a smile and I watch as the black SUV drives down my driveway. I wait to see if they return, but after a moment the roar of their modified exhaust dies out in the distance.
“All that for speaking my mind? Bad intentions indeed.”