“I don’t mean to sound confrontational, but I have been pushed into this room and told nothing for five hours, and while I could have left I came here at the urging of the mayor’s spokesperson; why did I do that if there is no information to be had here?”

The young aide blinked as if to clear his eyes from this barrage, looked down at his clipboard;

“Er, I’m sorry but I’ve got nothing new for you yet, but the Press Secretary has let me know that he will be with you in no more than ten minutes,”

he softened a little,

“I know that you are frightened, and confused, and I am so sorry that this has taken so long.”

The angry man sat down again, muttering under his breath and shaking his head.

It all happened so fast. We had all been waiting for our kids to come back from the summer school trip and then the deputy head was on the school steps with a very worried look on her face asking us to assemble at the mayor’s office. Have you ever found yourself somewhere else and not known how it happened? That’s what it felt like.

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I forgot to run the Wednesday Poll and so I offer this instead.