Reacher's dare (XYZ and XXX for the other characters:)
Reacher knew where everyone was, and he knew what they were looking at.
“Shoot,” he said. “Aim at my belt. That’ll work. Go ahead.”
XYZ did nothing. Just stared up at him. Reacher was so close and so big he was all XYZ could see. It was just the two of them, like they were alone in the room.
“I’ll help you out,” Reacher said. “I’ll count to three. Then you pull the trigger.” XYZ just stood there.
“You understand?” Reacher said. No reply.
“One,” Reacher said. No reaction.
“Two,” Reacher said. Then he stepped out of the way. Just took a long fast sideways shuffle to his right. XXX fired ...