American Chimera – 11.4

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The interrogator looked up from her pad. “So you allowed Dani Huffman to attend kindergarten because you felt insulted. You felt your values were being questioned, so you worked to prove Mr. and Mrs. Huffman wrong.”

Mrs. Rogers crumpled up on her chair. “I felt like I was evil enough for the KKK to call me bad. Even that day, when I talked to my wife and thought about what I’d done, I couldn’t blame poor Dani. The mind inside that spider’s body wasn’t an animal, and I had treated it as if it were. My wife suggested I make sure Dani was physically safe for other children to be around before making a final decision. When I was able to prove to myself that Dani had about as much strength and a lot more self control than a normal five year old, I resolved to integrate her into my classroom successfully.” She cleared her throat. “That’s why I made my first unit be about…bugs and spiders.”

“And most of the kids accepted it?”

“Most. Once Stacy Ellington decided it was ok, everyone else fell into line.”

The interrogator nodded her head. “Stacy Ellington…she’s still best friends with Dani.” She cleared her throat. “One more thing – you said something about a flag in the window. Could you tell me about that again?”

“The confederate flag?”

“Yes. That one.”

“Well…” Mrs. Rogers wiped her nose. “The flag was a battle flag. It was the popular one, the…umm…sorry, ma’am, but the racist one. I don’t want to be offensive or anything, seeing as you’re…a…um…person of color.”

“And you’re sure that was what was in the window?”

“Yes. But please, don’t hold it against Dani. I was scared when I went to see her, and you’ll be scared too, especially now that she’s even bigger. Don’t think she’s racist. Don’t think she’ll hate people of color just because of her parents’ flag.”

The interrogator wrote something down on her tablet. She stood and motioned for Mrs. Rogers to get up as well. “Thank you for your time. I’ll let the powers that be know how helpful you’ve been.”

“Don’t make me go back to that cell,” Mrs. Rogers begged. “It’s so lonely.”

“You’ll only be there a little while longer.” The interrogator showed her to the door. “Once again, thank you so much for your help.”

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3 thoughts on “American Chimera – 11.4

    • H.R.R. Gorman says:

      I had to have the twist. It’s been a while, but earlier there’s a chapter where Brett tore down the flag. At the time, I tried to imply it was the American flag, which the interrogator just wouldn’t accept. Now, though… 😉

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