Somewhere in America, a young man sits at the breakfast table, eating his cereal. He’s getting ready to go. His backpack and coat are in the chair next to him.
His parents are nervous and excited for him. He’s told them that he’s going to the city for a job interview.
Before he leaves, he gives his sister a hug. She tells him to be careful. The big city is not a safe place. He gets into his truck and takes off.
He sits in horrible traffic for hours. Slowly, he crawls his way downtown. He looks out his window at the dirty streets and the crowds.
He finally finds a parking spot, and then he walks, in the noise and the shadow of the towering skyscrapers. He hates it here, but he’s willing to do this. He’s here to save his country.
For a while, he hangs out in front of a store window, staring at a display of the latest phones. Across the street, a slim figure strides down the sidewalk. It’s easy to recognize her. She’s a female journalist, and he has read online that she walks to work every day. He agrees with his President–she’s one of the enemies of the people.
Pulling out his gun, taking the shot–it all happens in a flash, and she crumples to the ground.
The next bullet is for him. He doesn’t mind dying. He has fulfilled his mission, done what he believes his role models and leaders wanted him to do.
Maybe–he thinks in his last moments–maybe, thanks to his sacrifice, America will continue to be free.