Deal 1305: Fateful Haiku

Fate arranged meeting
Too perfect to trust to Fate
Now pay the piper


Deal 1304: Hidden

Everyone lies. But I was the first to be caught by a hidden recorder. I think this will usher in an era where it is impossible to lie without being caught.

Faced with a recording of your very own voice to prove you false, how could you ever draw?

The gramophone was well hidden, and it clearly picked me stating my intent to lie.

Now this is causing troubles with my show. My rivals are spreading rumors, and then playing the recording they have with the not-so-subtle hint that there could be more!


Deal 1303: Phoney

It bent. Oddly, very little of it is visibly broken. But it is bent into a smooth arc, with a fairly short radius.

It doesn’t work as a phone any more, either.

A small bend might be explained by leaning against a railing with the phone in a pocket.

But this is a much larger scale bend. It is almost bent through ninety degrees.

It must have been subject to a lot more force. More than I should be capable of delivering with bare hands.


Unless it was present when I was poisoned.

I don’t remember.

I do remember feeling strange, and coming back to myself later with sore hands.

And no phone.

Perhaps that is what happened.


Deal 1302: Charming, I’m sure.

Charming learned that day that some laws are not obeyed by inanimate objects. That’s not what he actually thought: that would be more along the lines of “if everyone stares, you must be doing something right”.

Soon a crowd formed to watch him as he raged at the back doors of the elevator car. They refused to open on command, even for a Prince.

It was a tough lesson to learn.


Deal 1301: Dreamed

Gary was usually not this greedy. But presented with the flawless opportunity to advance his position, it was hard to say no. And the opportunity was flawless. All he had to do was provide a little information, harmless information, and the rewards would be beyond his dreams.

His dreams weren’t all that impressive, so that was going to be an easy target to meet.

Or it would have been, if things hadn’t changed so much overnight.

Yesterday, it was just a little harmless information.

Today, it is treason to even speak to the enemy.

And Gary’s dreams were doomed to remain unfulfilled.