In another instance, inside a rural Louisiana bank in the USA, one female bank employee was freed, while two of her colleagues remained held at gunpoint on Tuesday night while law enforcement officers manned positions and worked for a peaceful resolution. The woman's negotiated release came about eight hours into the standoff at Tensas State Bank's branch. Authorities interviewed the freed female hostage about her ordeal. The siege ended with the hostage taker dead, police said. The two remaining hostages were getting medical treatment.
How must the freed woman feel now that she is able to return to normal life? If she's lucky, she'll be surrounded by loving family and friends who will support her while she tries to shake off the traumatic experience. On the other hand, she may be a widow, or live alone by choice as so many women do these days in their drive for independence. Let's hope the episode has strengthened her and she gets the emotional backing she needs.
I read a story on a friend's blog the other day about a cock that grew too big for his spurs. He endangered the young son who liked to walk amongst the pet hens. You guessed it—the cock lost his spurs. Now he is unable to strut around with the normal aggression.
This seems off topic, but I'm getting to it, so bear with me. The boy named his special pet TS. He'd walk around with TS under his elbow and the hen would nestle close. The treatment raised the chicken's status. TS listened to conversations. Although the bird couldn't understand much, the realization dawned that her group were headed for close confinement. One day, the boy clutched her tight and shook with distress before he headed away with the other humans.
TS ran. Spreading her wings, the high-status bird headed for the open space where the flock often roamed to scratch the earth. The birds behind her squawked in distress, but TS didn't turn back in her new-found release. She flew toward freedom—the unknown.
Where would TS go? What sort of life awaited her? Would she ever find a place where someone would accept a renegade? She'd been through thorough training on how a bird should act and attained the top of the hen pecking order, only to face uncertainty.
The moral of this story: The fat chickens landing on our table lack flavor.
Solstice Publishing subjected Tidal Surge to scrupulous training before holding the novel hostage. At last released, the e-book is seeking a friendly place to reside. Don't let complacency override justice and compassion. TS is a strong book—a rebel longing for appreciation. Welcome the story into your life.