CHAPTER TWO

OFFICER GREER WAS ON THE JOB FOR LESS THAN A WEEK WHEN HE MADE A DISCOVERY THAT WOULD CHANGE THE FATE OF THE ENTIRE CITY.

Officer Evan Greer walked the main path in Central Park mostly elated but slightly confused.   Elated because he was already in love with his chosen vocation as a police officer in the Greatest City in the World. Confused because he couldn’t understand the dour faces of his fellow cops he’d see every night at roll call.

To his left was a married couple well into their eighties, she pretending she needed to rest a moment on the park bench so her husband wouldn’t feel bad about needing to catch his breath again.

A jogger passed, her natural beauty only accentuated by the sweat and singular determination of her nightly regimen. She smiled at him but was already gone before it occurred to him to smile back.   He checked his watch in an attempt to bump into her again tomorrow when he’d be sure to have his own smile prepared.

Suddenly, he heard a scream he would echo in his head every night for the rest of his life.