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Friday, 22 April 2016

Citizen No.113c

  Is he your brother? “Who?” That chap waving back there. “Oh you mean Number One one-three b.” Yes, the photographer. “No, don’t know him!” But you look just like him, you could be his twin, you even dress identically! Relatively speaking might that not make you Number One one-three c? Just a minute, why is he and Number One-one three running away like that?
“Perhaps they are in a hurry to get their copy to the Tally Ho office!” And you dispense the broadsheet? “What else would I be doing?” You’re the local News Agent then! Number Six speaks his mind, so the article is already written!

Not only that, but there’s a photograph. “What’s the matter with that?” Well who wrote the article? “Our own reporter.” Is that Number One one-three? “No.” And the photograph? “What about it….look I’ve got customers!” No you haven’t. “Who are you anyway?” Never mind that, we’re discussing the photograph. “What’s wrong with it?” It’s of Number 6. “That’s right.” He’s in mufti! “What?” Not in Village attire. “Oh.” But he should be. “Should he?” He should, seeing as Number One one-three has just taken photographs of Number 6. “But he didn’t take that photograph.” Did he actually take any photographs of Number 6? “Why do you ask?” Was there in fact any film in his camera? “I shouldn’t think so.” It’s all a game to you, isn’t it? “It’s the power of the press.” Is that what you call it? People like you wouldn’t know the truth if you fell over it! “Don’t be like that!” What’s Number One one-three to you? “He’s a colleague.” He’s certainly not relative to you. “Meaning?” The fact that you and One one-three b being twins, and One one-three isn’t a triplet. Or is it that being numbered the way you three are, is simply because you are colleagues, and nothing more than that? “Dunno, you’ll have to work that one out for yourself. Look, do you want a copy of The Tally Ho or not?”

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