Perspiration stuck to Rick's forehead. In his forty years on the force, he thought he had seen the worst of human nature. But this? Barely visible beneath the dark green foliage, the red and green wires snaking through the wood chips led to a small metallic case they had found half-buried in the display floor. It was only pure accident the security team had discovered it and cleared the mall in time. Luck had been on their side. But now skill was needed as well. Crouched down beside the blinking timer, Rick crossed himself and emptied his mind of all else.