Mission Creep 78

“This is Lee County Dispatch. State your name and situation.”

The voice on the line is serious and to the point. You’ve seen enough police TV shows to know they’re probably tracing the call. You’ve got 30 seconds.

Man, it’s a good thing I found a pay phone! You think to yourself. Then you answer —

“Yeah. Um. I wanted to report an anonymous tip about an illegal activity I heard about.”

“A what?”

“It’s — some kids at school are going to perform a Voodoo Ritual tonight and word is out that there will be animal sacrifice.”

“Killing animals like that is illegal,” the dispatch confirms. “Where will this … event be taking place?”

You give the details as best you know them and hang up before they get your name and information. Going by your watch, the call lasted 28 seconds.

I’m safe, you think to yourself.

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