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“It had been really bothering me.  I knew there was something going on, but it was always just out of sight.  So I went back and looked at some of the old dead ends, and started to cross reference them.  Once you get a bigger picture, they aren’t dead ends any more . . . ,” Detective Petersen was droning on.

There before him, Lieutenant Humphreys could see a wide panoply of meticulously prepared notes, diagrams, photos, and affidavits.   There really did seem to be connections.

“Pete, you are either a genius or insane.  Who would have thought that questionable election results, Super Bowl losses, the JFK assassination, and the cancellation of The Mary Tyler Moore Show were all connected?”


Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #62


Tea Party, Where Is The Cake, Grandma, Aunts, Sisters

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It really couldn’t be called a conspiracy.  It was more of an open secret, in which everyone present was in agreement.  How could it be seen as conspiratorial when everyone, including the authorities knew what they were meeting for?

Despite this, however, Enid felt a bit uncomfortable with being part of it.  She was in her very nature a conformist.  “One mustn’t moan,” her mother had always said, and Enid had taken it to heart.  That didn’t mean that she was actually happy about the situation in her heart of hearts, but she just wasn’t comfortable actually complaining or making a scene.

“Okay everybody,” Howard Clark, their self-appointed leader said. “Shall we put it to a vote?   All in favour?”

Thirty-five hands shot up, while Enid glanced around the room.  After a pause, she slowly raised her hand to join them.

“That’s unanimous then,” Howard said in a triumphant voice.

And that was that.  The boycott of “Meatloaf Monday” at the Happy Acres Nursing Home was agreed.   Residents would all fail to make their to the dining room for Monday lunch until the vile “mystery meat” concoction was removed from the menu.   Family members would be notified, and supermarket sandwiches would be brought in, whether the staff nutritionist, Sally, liked it or not.




FOWC with Fandango — Conspiracy


I am really not much of one for conspiracy thories. I am reluctant to give credence to governments spending vast quantities to dupe their citizens (Moonlanding, etc). However, I must admit it has happened (Watergate).  There is no clearer evidence of this than in 2 Samuel 11.

Israel is at war with the Ammonites.  While the siege of Rabbah is being conducted, King David notices,  from his vantage point at the palace, the wife of one of his officers having a bath.  The king falls into lust and seduces the woman who becomes pregnant by the encounter.

So far so bad.  David wants to cover this up so recalls the officer, Uriah, to Jerusalem with the hopes that he will sleep with his wife and thus cover up the adultery. Things don’t go to plan.  This dedicated warrior is unprepared to satisfy his own desires while his men were still at the front.

What is a king to do?  The answer, he intensified the conspiracy. “14 In the morning it happened that David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it by the hand of Uriah. 15 And he wrote in the letter, saying, “Set Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retreat from him, that he may be struck down and die.” 16 So it was, while Joab besieged the city, that he assigned Uriah to a place where he knew there were valiant men. 17 Then the men of the city came out and fought with Joab. And some of the people of the servants of David fell; and Uriah the Hittite died also.”

An illicit affair, an attempted cover up, the sacrifice of loyal subordinates. No, not Watergate, but Rabbah gates.  But like the Watergate it was found out.  Schemes and plans often do.  But the whistle blower this time was not a reporter for The Post, but the Prophet Nathan.  No leak, no paper trail, but rather the testimony of God was the evidence.

Are we like David?  Do we try cover ups?  God sees.  But, I John 1:9 tells us, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”  Why hide the undeniable? Why conspire and plot, when it will in all likelihood just “dig you deeper?” David failed to see this.  God always sees.