He said he was “going to join the Space Force.”
“But,” I said before he broke in.
“No buts,” he said. “They’ll need experienced men and I’m their guy.”
“Uh,” I began.
“Listen,” he said. “They have no idea what they are getting into. They won’t know a Phistupunarsigan from a Beetanisilliagan. You can’t send brave men to fight Galactic invaders without experienced warriors, and three heads are better than one. He grinned and exhibited several missing teeth. “You’d better listen to me.”
“No. You listen to me.”
“I have something to tell you.”
“Better make it quick. I’ve already heard that some Hierdaruckians have landed and are assuming the disguise of a wedding party. Our forces need some guidance and they need it fast. I can provide them exact coordinates.”
“Shut up,” I offered.
“Are you listening?”
“I always listen. That’s one of my strengths.”
Letting that pass, I snapped a finger in front of his face.” He looked, and I assumed his other two heads were listening as well.
“Repeat after me,” I said. I waited a couple of seconds until he focused. “There is no Space Force.”
“There is no … what the hell are ya’ll talking about?”
“There is no Space Force.”
“There is no Space Force, nor will there be.”
“But the President said ….”
“The President tends to make things up. That’s one of his privileges, or at least one he has assumed.”
“Why would he?”
“It’s in his nature,” I said. “He uses prevarication like some people use a paint brush.”
“But why tell us a lie about a Space Force?”
“Distraction,” I said.
“Don’t you remember how much you like to watch magicians do their tricks?”
“And remember my telling you how they work them?”
A light dawned. “They fool you with one hand while the other does the trick.”
“But why would the President want to distract us?”
“Are you serious?”
“Well, they are on his ass pretty bad.”
“Some folks say he has been a little careless in the way he acts.”
“A little careless?”
“Maybe more than a little.”
“So, you see the need for some harmless distraction.”
“Who would he think might believe him about a fake Space Force?”
“The same people who believe a strong man can slam a metal folding chair down on another man’s head, have the poor guy hauled away to the emergency room bleeding, and have him back entertaining them the very next night.”
“But the Vice-President is setting the Space Force up, and he’s a Reckinarellerain.”
|The threat is real.The President|
says this is an actual photo. - C.W.
“The best and the brightest?”
He thought. “Not exactly. They are the ones who transpermiated mosquito DNA on your planet. Some jokester on Falloonia told them it was a species of orchid. He’s been banished to Alabama, the jokester has, and they sent the perpetrator to Washington.” The fog lifted a bit. “As a matter of fact, …”
“So you see the subterfuge?”
“I don’t believe you,” he said. “I’m going to Little Rock.”
“Those folks up there at the Capitol respect our President. If he says we need a Space Force, they’ll be the first ones to join, probably already have. Just wait, you’ll see. If they don’t, I’ll raise almighty hell about it.”
With that, he took off. I haven’t seen him since.
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