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High Pressure

(A Tyler Locke Short Story)

I hope you enjoy this short adventure in Tyler's (and my) hometown of Seattle. I contributed the story to a local anthology called the Encyclopedia Greenwoodia, in which the tales and nonfiction about my neighborhood were written by adult Seattle authors and children who attend the Bureau of Fearless Ideas, a nonprofit that encourages kids to write. You can buy this anthology at my local bookstore, Phinney Books, and the proceeds will go to victims of an explosion that rocked the Greenwood area and made national news in March 2016. Thankfully, there were no serious injuries or deaths, but many beloved businesses were destroyed or seriously damaged. You'll see that my story has some echoes of the disaster despite the fact that I wrote it six months before the real-world explosion, which is just weird.


Tyler Locke wasn't sure he was being followed until he reached the hardware store. A lanky man wearing a Seahawks cap, light windbreaker, and mirrored sunglasses ambled by on the sidewalk as Tyler scanned the array of Leatherman multi-tools on a rack, comparing them to the one in his pocket. Out of the corner of his eye, he watched the man turn his head to see where Tyler was before disappearing past the window.

Tyler thought he recognized the face, but he couldn't put his finger on where he'd seen him before...

Read the full story (pdf)