Flashes of Sanity #84: A tough dilemma

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Today’s entry: A tough dilemma


There had been a lot of random variables involved but somehow Marge had survived the end of the earth.

Somehow they all had survived it.

The problem was that now she had to clean up the mess. The president had done his job. He had done it well. But in the state the world was now, it was crucial he never got reelected. The nation’s security relied on it.

So, Marge had done what was necessary. She removed the editorial from the president’s speeches and the whole world had heard the rudeness coming out of his mouth.

Apparently half the population liked that. Actually, more than half.

Stupid people, she thought. They should not be allowed to vote.

Plan B would be much less convenient. But with the country on the line what choice does she have?

”How may I help you?” The man she called said.

”I would need a scandal.” Marge said. ”It should be a heavy hitter but I want it cleanly done.”

”I think I know what you are after,” the man said. ”We will make sure your business partner meets the right people and the right people get to know about it.”

”Great, no loose ends.”

”No loose ends,” the man confirmed. ”As we always do things. How did you like our last delivery?”

”It met our expectations,” Marge said. ”Sadly most of them died at encounter one.”

”I heard that those were pretty… uncommon circumstances.”

”Very uncommon. Expect more orders like those in the coming weeks.”

”We have Hunters and Witches ready just for you,” the man hung up.

Marge looked at the cellphone still feeling dirty from the discussion. She threw it away.

Now to the next dilemma, Marge sat down on a bench. Who to run this country next.

Decisions, decisions, decisions. That was all she did nowadays.

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