100 Word Story – Failing Negotiations (Part One)

Police and government officials go through years of training in order to refine and craft their skills. They learn the art of the firearm, hand-to-hand combat and defense, and even learn the power of the voice in order to defuse situations.

There are those who specialize in the way of words in order to bring about solutions and resolve dangerous situations: they are called negotiators. They are the best at getting into people’s heads and thoughts, hoping to bring an end to a conflict as peacefully as possible.

They also have the power to say the absolutely wrong things and only make the situations much, much worse than it should have been.


A black car pulled up to the barricaded scene. Police cars blocked the street, preventing anybody from getting close to the building in question. Patrol officers protected themselves by hiding behind opened car doors, their guns ready and aimed at the sixth floor window.

A woman stepped out of the black car and headed for a group of huddled officers around a radio.

“I’m here. What’s the situation?” she asked.

One of the officers was the chief from a nearby police station. He tipped his hat and spoke.

“Glad you’re here. The situation is turning dangerous.”

“Let’s get to work.”


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