Before I could even take a bite of the food, a blood-curdling scream filled our ears and it was followed by a loud bang, which I somehow knew was a gunshot. I dropped my fork, looking at the shocked faces around me, sure that my own conveyed the same panic.Mom spoke, her voice quivering, “James…”The television flashed on, a loud buzzing noise reverberating throughout the house. “This is not a test. This is not a test.” More buzzing followed and I slowly stood up. Riley took my arm, protectively. My dad and Mr. Harper went to the front door, motioning for the rest of us to stay put. Mom told us to be quiet by putting a finger to her lips.“Daddy?”Riley and I flew to the floor as our glass window shattered into a million pieces.
I'd also like to congratulate several of my fellow winners of ASSCC 2012, which are Jennifer Don, Dominique Goodall, Patricia Tippet Lane. The four of us are (unofficially) known as The Dream Team, and I've seen some of their works and each has truly great talent.
Thanks to everyone who reads this blog and those who support me offline, especially my wife Crystal who is the most important and supportive person I've ever had. Have a good weekend everyone!