Why, yes, it is another one of those hypotheticals with a long storytelling OP. No poll, though. If you don’t like these, the Game Room is next door.
Today’s story stars **Heather**, a woman in her early thirties, and her older brother, **Chris**, a former Marine sniper, tossed out of the Corps for the crime of preferring breadsticks to bagels. Heather & Chris are the closest of friends; in fact, Chris practically raised Heather after their parents died. Heather is single and childfree, though she does adore Chris’s adoptive sons, Esau and Jacob. Actually, that should be *adored*, past tense. Esau and Jacob are dead, as is Chris’s spouse Steven. While Chris was working overseas, the three of them were killed in a brutal home invasion. The police arrested three men for the crime; Heather is convinced of their guilt. Unfortunately, due to some police work, the exclusionary rule, and a homophobic jury, the murderers were acquitted. Overwhelmed with grief, Chris been living with Heather since Steven & the boys died. His wedding anniversary is a day away, and Chris’s mood has been getting darker as the day approached. His house has been standing empty since the murders; Heather decides to go the house to get some photographs, hoping the sight of them will help Chris with his mourning. But when she arrives, she finds her brother already there. When she asks him what he’s doing, he says he has something in another room which will explain it. Taking her to the windowless laundry room, he suddenly grabs her cell phone, dashes out, and locks her inside. A few minutes later, while trying to batter down the door from inside, Heather hears hammering; Chris is nailing planks over the door. While Chris works, he explains that he’s been stalking the murderers. He’s chosen the spots where he’ll conceal himself while he assassinates them--today. He used this house as a base because he didn’t want Heather implicated. If he succeeds and survives, he will return to release her; if he is caught by the police, he will tell them where she is so they can let her out. He’s planned the operation meticulously so it will be clear Heather had nothing to do with it. No matter what, Chris wants her to know that he loves you. The hammering stops. “Wait!” Heather cries. “Wait, Chris, please, don’t do this. Please listen to me! Are you there?” Pause. “I’m writing a note,” he says. “Just in case they kill me, so somebody will know where you are and be able to come let you out.” “Will you listen to me? Please?” “For two minutes,” Chris says. What should Heather say?