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July 25, 2013

The Assumption of Reality: a work of fiction

(Continued)

“Come on, Erwin, you’re the seer. What do you think?”

“I’m not a seer. I’m more of a seeker. You know the difference...” He looked up at the younger man. “A seeker is a blind man looking in a dark room for a black cat that isn’t there. A seer is a blind man looking in a dark room for a black cat that isn’t there, and he finds him.”

Carter persisted. “I mean, is the Congressman homicidal or suicidal, drunk or sober? More to the point, do you think he will run for the Senate or not?”

“Yes.”

“Yes, he will run?”

“Yes, he is all of those things. I’m sure over the last two days he has run the gamut. We just rocked his world, Carter. Or, rather, his wife did. I’m sure his mind is racing in every direction. Anything is possible.”

“But we have staff waiting in the next room to hear how it went. Now, obviously we’re not going to mention what – what you found out, but they were expecting del Gato to be here. And they probably want to know if he’s in or out.”

“We can’t tell them what we don’t know.”

“So do we act like nothing happened?”

“Carter, your career has already changed its trajectory, based on what the Congressman has decided, and you don’t even know it yet. The same is true for them. Is he alive or is he dead? The only answer is, Yes.”

Erwin lowered his head and gazed stupidly at his hands. Carter ran his own hands through thinning hair, twisting around to look out the window. For a long moment, neither of them spoke. So much depended on what the Congressman decided, but nobody had seen him. Carter suggested they drive out to check on him.

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