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"...as it was perfectly normal to put himself together on everyone else’s time. “The issue before the court today is a simple one…” he began. Each word was uttered carefully, each sentence landed with precision. His pitch was a near baritone, his cadence at half his normal. With his slow deliberateness, he knitted an invisible blanket of calm for the room."

This is so vivid and evocative of your closing line, "Calm people calm people." I like the message but this character description alone was worth the read.

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Gosh, thank you Rick. High praise from an A1 storyteller such as yourself. I couldnt put in words how encouraging you have been to my writing journey! Like with your intention here - https://medium.com/encouraged - your comments helped me to stay with the joy of expression over the fears and uncertainties of it. :)

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Wow, what a read. Initial para built the suspense, I thought I am in for a court-trial. But then you effortlessly redirected the attention to the soothing-seething. the word play of calmness made me smile. Very clever. By the end, i forgot about court-trial and more interested in calming down.

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Thank you for reading Charu. I'm very happy to hear the draft could use the initial suspense well despite changing tracks. :)

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