Speechless. This just gave me chills.
“BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL”
“Jeff?” My heart froze in my chest spreading and icy chill across my skin. I rose from the couch slowly because, I don’t know, maybe if I moved with caution this wouldn’t be real.
“What’s going on?” I asked watching him come down from the stairs mirroring back my wide eyed stare. He mumbled something inaudible and went back to his phone before walking outside.
I stood in the middle of the room, frozen in confusion, or maybe it was panic. If panic can root you in place while simultaneously swirling nothing through your mind like the howl of the wind, then it was panic.
“Okay guys, we’re going upstairs for a minute,” I turned to my kids and scooped up my son in my arms.
“Why?” My daughter asked. “After Barbie is over.”
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