A Shade of Gray: a situational puzzler

Judgement Call a situational puzzler

I think of children lost
because they have not found themselves.
It is the explorers
that are finding the new world.
– Curtis Robinson, Retired U.S. Army


A Shade of Gray: a situational puzzler
created by Kendall F. Person

(from Pride & Guidance or Cloak & Dagger)

the scenario

You are driving alone in a strange part of town. A tire blows and briefly, you lose control of your car. You are skidding in the direction of an unyielding giant oak tree. Both legs throb from cramping, from the way you rammed them into the brakes, and because the rush of adrenaline ricocheting through your veins, is overwhelming the natural process, so your mind attempts to brace your body for the real pain. No life flashing before your eyes, and you hope the expression is no myth, because you have a family that needs you and you are not prepared for death.

It all happens so fast, you do not have time to register what your eyes have clearly seen: seconds before your life, literally, begins to spin out of control: a punk kid or a troubled youth – only you can decide which of the two – standing on the side of the road, throws a 40 ounce bottle into the city street. It shatters upon impact, leaving shards of glass still spinning in its wake. Only he knows why he threw the bottle, and rather it was a far reaching plan, that  your car would drive directly over the sharpest shard and explode the balding tire – of which you had meant to replace – or the story he would tell bares true; it simply slipped out of his hand, makes no difference, because even as he watched the chain reaction unfold, at that moment, he felt no remorse either way.

God in heaven saved you or the brakes finally held, inches from a fatal crash, the skidding car comes to rest. As you catch your breath and wipe away the sweat, you collect your thoughts and it all begins to register, forcing a sly look into the rear view mirror. And like a raider in search of the lost ark, no rest for the weary, or out of the frying pan and into the fryer, storming across the street, is the punk kid or troubled youth – no decision yet by you – who believes you are unconscious or wounded, and with neither forethought nor malice, plans a blindsided approach to rob, then run away with your  gold.

the reasoning

The world is a beautiful place, filled with timeless treasures, contributed by humanity throughout the ages. A blue sky and the vastness of the ocean, always give us a reason to pause, and take note of the natural wonders. But either man in his ultimate wisdom, believes good cannot exist without bad, offering reasoning why judging or stereotyping or profiling is sound.  Or, a dark angel exist, producing soldiers born as one of us, but is indeed a bad seed, stripped of any pride and unresponsive to guidance, hell-bent on destruction, under cover of cloak and dagger.

the choice

Time is up. He is right behind you, a decision is now at hand. One final piece, in which you must consider is that when you caught a glimpse of his face via the side view mirror, the uncanny resemblance to your own kid, starts your head spinning, all over again.

Pride & Guidance or Cloak & Dagger, in the split second you have to decide, which tool do you reach for, without anyway of knowing beforehand, if you are making the right choice….. and the  right choice is the only one, you wish to make.


11 Comments on “A Shade of Gray: a situational puzzler

  1. I’ve seen the movies, I keep my cell phone charged. 911 asap. No weapons, no injuries. Lock the doors or jump out and fight or flight. Prayer. God works wonders. Definitely lock the doors and start blasting my horn and set off my alarm. More prayers.

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    • And after spending A night in with Nelly via your Gravatar, I am a big fan of yours as well. Welcome to The Neighborhood. So glad you made it. (big smile)


  2. Perhaps call out with an urgent warning, ‘don’t come near – the car is about to blow! Call 911!’ It’s a kid, so he may not know much about cars. 🙂
    I wouldn’t be carrying a gun so definitely no weapon in which to defend myself. That leaves hoping I could appeal to his better nature to help me.

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  3. I would hope I could reach my phone. Years ago my uncle crashed his big rig in Iowa. He was pinned in the truck and the broken radiator was draining hot antifreeze on his leg. An hour later a car stopped. He felt so relieved, but the would be helpers beat him and robbed him and never called for help. Though he was eventually saved he lost his leg. I suppose a friendly greeting here is in order but be ready. You never know what the stranger brings.

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