Ethan Jones has written a terrifying short story about what would seem to be a weekly occurrence if you watch the news.
The story starts out on a typical street in a suburb where the wife is upset that the husband is hanging on to a shotgun for a buddy for a few days.
But as the story continues, it turns out that the weapon saves their lives when the home gets broken into late at night. Its every home owners worst nightmare as they are woken up late at night and face the thugs.
And fear not, Jones handles the terror of that scenario very well. Two shots ring out. Blood flows and two bad guys are dead.
But then the story takes an evil turn as the husband, being a lawyer, knows that despite how it may appear that they are justified in the shooting of the two bad guys, there are a few innocent pieces of info that may come out during the investigation that could mean that one or both of them, despite rightfully defending themselves, might wind up going to jail for murder.
And so the couple faces a grim decision. Call the police and roll the dice of justice? Or handle the problem on their own and bear the weight of that decision for the rest of their lives?
Read the story and then ask yourself the same question.
Top marks to Jones for a gripping story.
And in addition to the story you get a few sample chapters of his other work you might want to sample.