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Topic: OPEN UP A CAN OF WORMS (08/22/19)
TITLE: Unintended Consequenses
By Art Westefeld
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The door opened and her boss motioned her in. After checking that her hijab was sitting properly, she rose and entered his corner office, noting a video clip paused on his computer. He asked her to sit, then got straight to the point. "Do you recognize the people on the screen?"
Trying to keep her voice professionally neutral she answered, “Yes. It’s some of those Christian vigilantes after they fought Allah’s Fist.”
He smiled. “Glad to know you are familiar with your new clients. You will be representing Allah’s Fist in their bail hearing this afternoon, so you’d better get ready for court.”
“Why me, sir?"
“We got a call from their Imam asking if we had any Muslim attorneys, so you got the case. Good luck.”
Aishia returned to her cubicle and pulled up everything she could find on Allah’s Fist. The most information came from a newspaper article that called them terrorists. It solidified her determination to fight and win for her fellow believers.
She entered the courthouse as her clients were brought to a holding area. She scowled upon noting that the two women weren’t even allowed hijabs. The males were wearing kufis, though.
The tallest one strode forward and inclined his head towards her. “Hmph! You are our lawyer.” It was not a question, but Aishia nodded.
He turned to his friends. “At least she is a Muslim, not some infidel.”
They were brought into the courtroom, where Aishia spotted the Christian oppressors sitting in the public gallery. Her fist clenched around her tablet when she saw that they were allowed their full costumes. It gave her an idea, though, for when the case was brought to trial, but for now she needed to focus on getting her clients out of jail.
The prosecutor made the expected arguments about how her clients were a danger to the community, having launched an ‘unprovoked’ attack on the Light Force.
Aishia rose and faced the judge, who seemed bored by the prosecutor. "The only reason my clients are being held is because they are Muslims. Since Allah’s Fist members were in costume, there is not even proof that these fine upstanding young people are the ‘attackers’.”
The judge perked up, and she continued. "My clients religious rights have also been violated while in custody."
The judge nodded thoughtfully as she sat down. “Bail for each defendant will be set at $500.00.”
Aishia and the group stepped out of the courtroom to confer, under the guard's watchful eye. Mohammed, the apparent spokesman, asked, "Will you loan us the money until we are released and can go to the bank?"
Aishia agreed, and went to pay their bail with her own debit card. Moments later, five young people met her outside the courthouse. The women not only had put their hijabs back on, but also their veils. Mohammed pointed at the bank across the street. "Let's go get your money."
It was the same branch where Ali worked, so not only would she get her money promptly, but would enjoy the added bonus of sharing the news of her victory with him.
As soon as they entered, Mohammed roared, "No one move or she gets it,” as he grabbed Aishia around the neck in a chokehold.
The other four walked around the shocked patrons who had frozen in place. As they were emptying the tellers’ drawers, Ali came up behind Mohammed and slugged him. "Let her go!"
Mohammed released her, but slammed Ali back hard enough to crack his skull on the marble floor.
Just then the Light Force entered the bank. Megawatt sneered, “Couldn’t wait to return to your criminal ways?”
The blonde Christian with him knelt over Ali and stated, “Add murder to the charges. This man’s dead.”
Without their costumes and the weapons built into them, Allah's Fist was easily defeated by the Light Force, who promptly returned them to jail.
Aishia sobbed over Ali’s body. "I am so sorry, Ali! I had no idea what I was letting loose on this community, on you."
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