TITLE: The Revelation
GENRE: YA Contemporary
I am not a monster. I am a terrorist. One of the brethren destined to bring terror to the Creator’s enemies. Samih accepted his sacred duty as it was written in the Koran. The Americans would call him a murderer after he completed his holy mission. But Allah would welcome Samih into paradise with open arms for his obedience.
The sun blazed above Samih, warming his face and shoulders. A sign from Allah he would bless Samih’s assignment. He closed his eyes, basking in the heat. Arman’s paralyzed face engulfed his mind. He was transported back to that fateful day. The American soldiers spraying the crowd of war protesters with their hatred. The torturous sounds of ruthless bullets finding their victims and agonizing screams. His beloved brother falling to the ground, blood spilling from his head wound; Arman, such a brave soldier, lying dead in his arms the day before his eleventh birthday.
He had waited five years for this day to come.
Samih opened his eyes and filled his lungs with fresh air. I can be brave like you, Arman. He adjusted his black long sleeve shirt and rubbed sweaty palms over his khaki pants. Samih took hold of the bomb detonator, gripping it carefully. A smile tugged at his lips as he thought of the vest strapped to his body, his ticket to heaven.
Samih took purposeful strides toward the concrete steps. He focused on his steady heartbeat as he ascended the stairs. Samih could feel it.