A mall security guard in a coastal Florida town courageously stops a mass shooting and becomes a hero to the modern gun rights movement. But under the glare of the spotlights, his story begins to unravel, taking his sanity with it. When an out-of-control summer blaze approaches the town, he will reach for the gun again and embark on one last day of reckoning.
First publication: Strange Weather
Author(s): Joe Hill
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October 14, 1993
Aisha thought of him as her brother, even though they weren’t blood. His name was Colson, but his friends called him Romeo, because he had played that role in the park last summer, getting fresh with a white Juliet who had teeth so bright she should’ve been in a chewing-gum ad. Aisha had watched him perform on a Juli evening, when dusk seemed to last for hours, a line of glowerinf red light on the horizon, the clouds shavings of gold against the dark sky behind. Aisha was ten end didn’t understand half of what Colson said, up there on the stage, dressed in purple velvet like he was Prince.