100 Word Story – Failing Negotiations (Part Two)

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.


The woman grabbed the megaphone and stood at the front of the police barricade. She looked up at the open sixth floor window. Standing in front of the windowsill was an adult, their face covered by a paper bag, pointing a gun into the apartment.

“Hey,” the woman spoke into the megaphone, “hey you.”

The police chief was shocked by the woman’s sudden call out, “What the hell are you doing?”

She winked at him, “Relax, I got this.” She brought her attention back to the sixth floor. “Hey, dumbass!”

The person looked out of the window.

“See? It worked.”


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