American Chimera – 23.1

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Brett rubbed his wrists. “Why ain’t I chained this time?”

“Things have changed.” The interrogator leaned comfortably back in her chair. “It took more than a month, but all the easily released subjects have been sent back home. Anyone who had little to do with Dani is back where they should be. They’re quiet, normal, and safely monitored by the government. The information I need from you no longer has anything to do with helping those people.”

He put his hands back down to the armrests, despite the lack of chains. “So why would I say anything to you? You ain’t nice, and you ain’t give me nothin’ but Coke or pain.”

The interrogator smiled. “No, I suppose not. But I’m going to Washington, D.C. in about a week’s time, and I might not return for a few months after. I know you like to talk, Mr. Huffman, so I decided to invite you into the chamber and chat.” She leaned forward. “You won’t see anyone else for at least a couple weeks. You know how talkative the meal-bots are.”

“Ain’t this considered cruel and unus’al punishment?” he asked. “I ain’t done nothin’ to deserve bein’ locked in solitary for months on end!”

“True. The thing is, Mr. Huffman, no one cares about your plight, and anyone who decides to care will be locked away the same as you. Your freedom is the requisite sacrifice for the freedom of all Americans, understand?”

“No, I don’t understand. This ain’t right, and it ain’t fair.”

“Tell that to Uncle Sam.” The interrogator pointed to the door. “If you don’t want to sit around and chat, you’re free to go back to your cell. I’m offering this as a brief respite from your torture. Nothing more.”

Brett tapped his fingers. “What you want to know, then?”

“I’m interested in a story Stacy told me. She said that Old Man Potter ran a bus off a cliff, but she passed out before you and Janie Huffman successfully freed Dani from the bus.” She reached to a small box on the bottom shelf of her table, then pulled a chilled Pepsi from it. “Tell me, Mr. Huffman, what happened after Stacy passed out from blood loss. Tell me what you did, what Janie did, and what Dani did, in as much detail as you can.”

He nodded. “Alright. I don’t see how you could do summat evil with that story.”


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9 thoughts on “American Chimera – 23.1

  1. Jules says:

    I’ve missed quite a bit being distracted by life. One of these days I’m going to have to start from the beginning. Telling of an escape… That’s always a pull. As I understand it so far from bits and pieces it was parents attempting to protect their child… however manufactured that child was.

    This Government has too many secrets, and as stated – doesn’t look all that attractive. I supposed unless you are in the loop with the secrets.

    • H.R.R. Gorman says:

      I’m ever so far behind. I mean, look at how late I am getting to this comment, and it was on my own blog!

      This book was supposed to be about climate change, racism, and generational strife. So you have the themes!

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