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The Silicon Jungle by Shumeet Baluja

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-CONTROL, FOREGONE-

August 6, 2009.

Time: 8:04.

Stephen’s right hand tightly clutched his keys, waiting for the clock to mark 8:10. He would go in the house then, no excuses, no more waiting. Repeatedly, he fingered the tips of each key, trying to distinguish the sharpest. With each, he pressed it savagely into his left arm until he was certain that any more pressure would draw too much blood. He had to find just the right one—the one that could plunge the deepest into someone’s neck if it came to that. He knew it was all impossible. Molly was just in a meeting. This had to be all his imagination. Just a meeting—that’s all it was. But what if it wasn’t? He would go in, and then what? What would he do? What would he do with a key?

8:07…

Stephen’s ...

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