The Old Order Falls
By Charles Rein
Part I.

Historical fiction

⚠️  This story is a literary genre of historical fiction. Although it is set  in what may seem to some readers as a recognizable historical context, its characters-- their actions dialogue and motivations are portrayed by the novel --are entirely imaginary.

"Alvin Bragg who?"

The Merriam Webster dictionary terms defines brag as: to talk boastfully.  This is what millions of Americans associated with Alvin Bragg, so fitting was the first part of his name. 

While countless others didn't know  this New York name, Alvin Bragg would drastically affect their lives soon as well. One of the most powerful and rotund African American activists who had grown up in Harlem to become a New York District Attorney would be found shot to death outside the entrance to his apartment this week.

This act would ignite a series of protests. Looking back, at first it was centered mainly among the minority African-American population, which went from protests to looting and burnings the city in a matter of hours. The destruction would go for days paralleling the Parisian protects against French president Macron, which included setting fires to rotting garbage. The stink hung in the air for days, the rottenness of the political system affecting everyone.

The protest within hours of CNN and FOX News reporting the assassination, began in the more dangerous New York boroughs, where you wouldn't want to be caught dead in- the Bronx Hunts Point and Brownsville (with a murder rate nearly four times the average in New York).  But they were not contained to only the poor black and dangerous neighborhoods. 

They quickly spread like a proverbial wildfire. Boroughs in the Bronx, Brooklyn, later downtown Manhattan were infected. The fires that raged for days reminded those old enough to remember the smoke that burned for weeks after 9-11. The fires filled the New York skyline with soot and blocked out the sun. New Yorkers upon waking up, could no longer the see the sun. Without order, the people no longer had hope. Without hope, is a dangerous place to be. There's a tee shirt which read, "Don't piss off OLD PEOPLE. The older we get, the less "life in prison" is a deterrent."

This extinguishment of hope wasn't limited to any age group. It quickly spread to other ages and other parts of the county-from sea to shinning sea. Neighborhoods in like West Garfield park in Chicago’s South side and Seattle Belltown neighborhood, one of the city's cheapest but also most dangerous neighborhoods where the crime rate is 480% higher than the national average were quickly too dangerous to go outside even in the afternoon! 

These cities, Chicago and Seattle, so called hotbeds of the radical left were among the first to be infested. But the anger soon spread like a hate virus or the more well known Covid virus just three years before.  

Soon even relatively calm white communities in conservatives areas were affected by unlawful acts. Lone Peak Utah with less than 30,000 residents and considered one of the safest communities in America, had its library windows smashed and residents grew concerned.  

The city of Corrales in New Mexico with a crime rate of 79% less than national average was affected. With less than 9,000 residents (and probably more pampered pets than than any place on earth) residents grew troubled when the mayor's beloved dog went missing. The mayor turned down offers to help; went out alone to find Fido and succeeded.  Three hours later he was found with a stake through his heart, as if he had been a vampire. His dog was found too, missing both his tail and his head. Things were going downhill fast.

End of Part One

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