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The Confession

by R. Seth Trotman

Sorry it's so dark.

The Confession

"I've TOLD you everything already!"

"Look, just humour us, ok?"

"Fine. What is it you didn't understand the first ten times through?"

"Let's just take it from the beginning one more time, shall we?"

I sigh. This is going to be a long night. It had already been an interminably long afternoon.

"Well, I woke up this morning, I got dressed, or tried to, I headed out for work, and two of your goons arrested me in the lobby of my employer. Anything else, or can I go now?"

"Very funny." He wasn't laughing. "Tell us who you're working for."

That was new. "Working for? What are you talking about?"

"Look at you."


"Who are you working for?"

"You guys are crazy."

"Why are you here?"

"Well, according to Kant. . ."

"Very funny." Somehow, I knew they weren't going to buy it.

"I'm really not sure what you guys want me to say. I woke up this morning, just as you see me now. If I had any idea what happened, I'd tell you. But I don't, so I can't. Not I won't. I can't."

"You expect us to believe that this just happened."

It wasn't a question.

"Well, I certainly have to believe it. I don't suppose I care too much what you believe or don't believe. What, exactly, are you holding me for?"

"You're a danger to society."

"I am?"


"I don't follow."

"Look at you."


A long pause, as decisions are made.

"Hello? Remember me?" I can see I've angered them by interrupting their discussion.

"Very cute. Where were you going when we apprehended you?"

"I told you. Work."

"You work in the Neidermeier Building?"

"Again, yes. Haven't you guys already verified this?"

"We've verified that the person you claim to be didn't show up for work this morning. We've also visited his home. There was a mess of blood."

"In the bedroom, yes, I told you. Whatever happened, it was messy."

"Obviously. So you see why we can't possibly let you go."

"Actually, no. I've told you who I am. Can't you guys run DNA testing or something?"

"You think that would prove anything?"

"Well, it would prove that I'm me."

"I don't need DNA testing to prove you're not human, so why should I try to identify you as even one particular member of this noble race?"

"Very punny."

"Excuse me?"

"Never mind. You're probably right about the DNA thing."

"Probably?" He snorts. "Look at you."

I do. Again. "Yeah?"

Another pregnant pause.

"Look, why do you find this so hard to accept? I'm just me. Nothing's changed. Well, inside, anyway."

"I wish I could believe you." He gets up, and his partner follows him out of the room.

Hours pass. He returns. Alone.

"I'm sorry about this."

"Sure. No problem. Can I go?"

"I'm afraid not."

Too late, I see the gun drawn. I can't get my horns down or my butt up quick enough.

Like I said. It's dark. But what do any of really believe will happen if our dreams come true?


Copyright 1997: "R. Seth Trotman" <setht@onramp.net> . If you want to post this anywhere else, please ask the author for permission first.       Thank you

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