24hrFFC 01: Nothing To See Here

Posted: 15 March 2013 in 24hrFFC, fast fiction, fiction, writing
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Title: Nothing To See Here
Word: tincture
Challenger: Ian Rankin
Length: 200 words exactly

There were always traditions to this sort of thing.

The flash bulbs didn’t really catch him by surprise, although he looked astonished. That was tradition, you see. The noise also, but he still winced at the blast of sound assaulting him as he walked to the sole chair behind the table. Reporters and television correspondents, shouting questions. He hated this tradition in particular.

He took the single traditional sip of water before lifting a sheet of paper from the table, then he began to read in the customary strong confident tone that conveyed command of the situation. As he did so, members of his team started to hand out copies of the prepared statement.

He hadn’t prepared it, of course. Nothing this sensitive would be entrusted to the man ostensibly in charge of the investigation. Men and women of great experience in obfuscation had spent long hours crafting this document, traditionally its sole purpose to mislead, the merest tincture of honesty ruthlessly excised. Again, in line with the customs of the day.

The scandal was over, the man told them. There was nothing to be done, he said. And no-one believed him. Such were the traditions of The Cover Up.

© Lee Barnett, 2013

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