Tension grew gradually with temperature. The wind had ceased its blissful dance a few minutes back leaving the environment blank and humid. A little bead of sweat rolled down his left cheek leaving a trail behind. An aching leg coupled with heavy breathing made it difficult to focus on the mission. After a nasty chase, the culprit was finally in sight, hiding behind the large water tank on the rooftop.
He took a deep breath and started moving slowly & swiftly towards the crook, careful not to attract the unwanted attention. However, the awfully quite environment did not play along. The crook felt his presence & an escape plan was immediately in motion. But determined as he was, pursuit followed. With quick big steps, he caught up with the crook within a few seconds. The restricted surrounding of the roof did not actually make it a hot pursuit area. But the crook wasn’t ready to give up that easily. Making a quick sharp turn, the crook turned and kicked his right hand, launching his handgun in a parabolic motion a few yards away.
A dramatic fight followed. A few light punches here and some loose grapples there. With an unprecedented move, he finally managed to kick his way out. He quickly reached for his gun, picked it up and faced the crook with a satisfied smile.
“You are under arrest Gopi!” he finally declared, panting heavily. The crook still lay on the floor with a dissatisfied look.
“Hahaha… I finally caught you… I won!” he continued with excitement.
“Yeah… Whatever! I let you win!” the crook said in a rusty voice, dipped in defeat and anger.
“Now it is your turn to be the police and my turn to be the thief. I bet you won’t be able to catch me this time.”
“I will just count till 10” the recently turned policeman said taking the toy gun from his hand.
So they go on, one against the other, exchanging roles and victories. Their dedication to win surpassing their loss of defeat. The loser does not actually lose anything, but the winner takes it all.
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