Maddie’s eyes widened in fear as the female officer approached, staring her down.
“Turn around. Arms out. Legs spread.”
She was in a crowded area, but she felt very much alone and started trembling. The officer’s hands moved aggressively up her legs, across her midriff, and deep into her waistband.
Same procedure. Rougher now.
Finally the officer pulled the offending item from Maddie’s pocket: strawberry lip balm. She crushed it into Maddie’s hand.
Maddie grabbed her purse and carry-on, jamming her feet into her shoes. Staggering to the airport gate, she ran the balm across her lips.