The Risks of Empathy, a Novella
Rebecca McGuire's Irish was up. "What in the hell happened?" she shouted.
"They must have known that we were coming, they seemed to be waiting. We haven't had word back yet."
A young man burst into the room. "Look what's being broadcasted!" he yelled.
As McGuire was turning up the holoscreen volume, the importance of the image was already clear to her. President John Adams was standing at a lectern festooned with the American Flag.
"My fellow Americans, the attempted assassination of the President of the United States has failed. I order the White House security staff to arrest Secretary of State Rebecca McGuire on the charge of high treason. I have appointed Richard Selling as my new Secretary of State pending confirmation by the Congress. Effective immediately, the police and National Guard are ordered to stand down. The declared martial law is ended."
Rebecca slammed her hand down on the table and screamed, "Who the hell does he think he is?" just as four marine guards entered the room and announced that she was under arrest for high treason.