Every Lie

Every Lie

Today’s Daily Prompt: False

“Let’s play a game Alex.”

“Sure,” Alex smirked at the agent, no name needed, they were all interchangeable anyway. “I’ve always enjoyed scrabble.”

“Yes, very good,” the agent nodded, a faint smile on his bland face. Bland hair, bland face, bland suit. “I thought we’d play ‘True or False’ though.”

You thought that did you?” Alex looked amazed.

The agent didn’t dignify that with an answer. “Let’s begin. True or False: your name is Alex Kennedy.”

“Was that a question or a statement?” Alex lifted a land and rubbed his jaw as he frowned.

“True or False: your name is Alex Kennedy.”

“So much for playing then? No?” he shrugged and answered. “True, as if you didn’t already know that.”

“Just answer true or false,” the agent frowned down at the pad in his hand, the electronic device obviously transmitting data he didn’t like.

“True or False: you are an agent of H.A.R.M.”

“Well I hardly think ‘agent’ is the right term but yeah, I work for them.”

The agent lifted his head, those bland eyes narrowed a little in impatience.”

“True, I work for H.A.R.M., that’s Help Assist Rescue Move in case you were wondering. We’re an aid organisation. Well I did,” he shrugged. “Since I’ve been here with you for the last few months, I might not have a job any more.”

“True or False: you have been using mental telepathy to contact another agent.”

Alex’s jaw dropped open, his eyebrows shot up. “Is this … am I being punked?” he looked around the room. “Where’s Ashton? Do you hear yourself man? Mental telepathy, come on,” he scoffed.

“True or False: you have been using mental telepathy to contact another agent,” Mr Bland repeated.

“I can give you a big fat false on that one,” Alex said cheerfully, his answer making Mr Bland scowl and tap at his device furiously.

“True or False: you have been in contact with an agent of H.A.R.M.”

“You do know that I share a call with Joel, my co-worker?” He leaned back in the chair, stretching his legs out and cupping his hands behind his head. “We spoke earlier so I can give you true to that.”

Mr Bland nodded with satisfaction at that. “True or False: you have been in contact with an agent of H.A.R.M. who does not reside at this facility.”

“Reside? Facility? You mean someone who is not locked up in a cell with me? Ah false to that. But if you want to lend me a phone I’d love to give someone a call.”

“Dammit,” Mr Bland muttered under his breath.

“Problem? Want to change the game?” Alex asked with a look of concern.

“True or False: You have psychic abilities that you are using to contact an agent outside of this facility.”

“False,” he sighed the answer sadly. Mr Bland was really not very good at this game.

“Don’t move,” Mr Bland ordered as he stood up and left the room.

“Where am I going to go?” he wondered aloud for the benefit of the cameras. The chairs and table were bolted to the floor, the cameras were recessed into the wall. He was wearing grey sweats and a grey tshirt, his feet were cold because they weren’t given shoes or socks. So he had nothing to use to damage anything even if he did move.

“Alex, why do you have to make things difficult?” the cool voice drew his gaze.

Mr Stern had arrived. His suit was better, his haircut was better, he almost had a personality.

“I thought I was playing so well,” Alex shook his head with a smirk.

“True or False: You have been using your mental capabilities to communicate with someone outside of this facility,” Mr Stern smiled gently as he asked the question.

Alex tilted his head, crossed his arms over his chest.

“True or False: You have been asking that someone to help you.”

“I don’t know what you’re talking about,” Alex muttered after a minute of silence.

“Thank you Alex,” Mr Stern smiled and left the room.

“Ready to play again Alex?” Mr Bland looked more like Mr Happy as he walked back in. “True or False…”


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