"Strive against the disbelievers and the
hypocrites, and be stern with them."
Pistol's revelation shifts the roommates' hot
debate—their opinions reconsidered, their attitudes revised, their
options reappraised to fit the altered situation (oblivious to its
|Call the cops:
discredited by Greer, whose gripe,
though somewhat shrill, was nonetheless convincing;
nobody actually saw the captured villain commit a crime;
his objective was inferred, his intended victim safe,
making evidence circumstantial; the police would surely
scoff, or, worse yet, turn the tables and charge them
with kidnapping; nix the cops.
|Call CIS or ICE:
|more feasible; same
objection: credibility; it could not even be
established Ahmed was the one who slew the fowl,
suspicion hardly grounds for the culprit's
deportation; again, the only provable crime was
theirs; nix Immigration.
|was a laugh; by
whom? By what means of dispatchment? The condemned,
awaiting sentence, gave his hanging-judges pause;
even drawing lots was a tact that won no takers;
prey, thereby, with a running (flying) start,
then free the predator, once the plane was bound
for Istanbul; this ploy workable... if, and only
they could scrape together sufficient funds for
book passage speedily,
maintain Ahmed in his holding tank,
and sell the scheme to Zahra.
|Or do zilch:
abstain, allow 'whatever' to takes its
course; let the inmate croak; wait a week;
wait a month; then deal with the corpse—a
damn sight easier to dispose of than a
pissed-off human being who, like as not,
would take his anger out on them.
And so it went—plus variations on
these ruminated themes—until, like gum, they lost
their flavor, and tired the jaws of all who idly