the situation 

Let us begin by creating a hypothetical situation.

You are at a shopping mall on a Tuesday afternoon, and the sun is coming in on an angle through the ample skylights.

You approach a store. It is your average, platonic Pottery Barn. You think it might be nice to buy some new throw pillows for the couch in your living room. After entering, you browse for about twenty minutes amongst the variety of home goods. Candles, bathroom sconces, vases, and of course, the throw pillows. With great consideration you pick up two pillows that are sage green. They have a chenille texture, and measure eighteen by eighteen inches each. Feeling confident in your choice, you pick up the two pillows and approach the small bank of cash registers.

As you set the pillows on the counters, a blast occurs. Your body hits the ground with involuntary force. You hear screams, glass shattering, wood snapping, liquids splattering.

Suddenly silence.

You lift yourself up. You probably have a couple scratches, maybe a bruise on your knee, a light concussion, but you are totally unharmed otherwise. You observe your surroundings. Your pillows have been reduced to synthetic fluff. Like the pillows, the humans in the stores did not survive. They are as shattered as the storefront windows.

After some light vomiting, you yell out to find survivors or to find help. No one responds. The only audible noise is the flames crackling from within the California Pizza Kitchen. After a few minutes, you realize there are no welcoming sirens approaching. The skylights are now open to the heavens and you can hear only wind and frantic birds.

Suddenly you realize you might have just survived a massive terrorist attack, an act of war, or maybe even the end of the world. You might be the twitching nerves in a dead spider’s legs.

In this situation, you could react in any number of ways. All reactions are valid. All reactions unlock a series of events. All reactions can be brought into existence.