Satiricus was amazed. He’d been promised the “greatest exercise in democracy ever practised by a political party” – the Pee an’ See. They were having their CongoDress to choose their next leader. Satiricus was the hack covering it for his newspaper.
The Pee-an’-See sisters and brothers were coming from far and wide so Satiricus wasn’t surprised that some people tried to “pope” the party. At least that’s what Oskar said.
Then lo and behold, Satiricus suddenly heard a shot. Everyone who’d “been around” – which included practically everyone at the CongoDress – dove for cover. Including Satiricus who ended up under a sister’s dress. After he came up for air, he joined the other newshounds to seek some answers.
If there was one person who’d know what was going down, Satiricus figured, it would be Feel-Iks. Hey… the chap used to be the TOP COP in the whole country, no?? Satiricus would never forget Feel-iks’ briefing (Voice 2) the Pee-an-See Mustache Man (Voice 1) after the Agricola massacre.
Satiricus could recite the dialogue by heart.
Voice 2: (Muffled)… watch the move good, but yuh all ain’t mek no statement about them eight people wa dead you know.
Voice 1: I did saying the same thing.
Voice 2: Yuh all ain’t mek no statement.
Voice 1: I did saying the same thing, they ain’t mek no statement deh.
Voice 1: but, am…
Voice 2: Yuh all playing dangerous games.
Voice 1: No, I don’t check pun da PR thing, but ah gon gaffa find out from them in the morning.
Voice 2: You all shoulda been the fus people fuh run in deh. That is a black people community.
So here it was a bullet had been fired, not just in a “black people community”, figured Satiricus, but in a “black people party”!! Who better to explain than Feel-iks?? And this is what Feel-iks, Voice 2, said, “Bannuh!! I did hear a sound that could have been a balloon.”
Aah, what expertise!! What sleuthing power!! What a man to head the Pee-an-See security system!! While everyone thought it was a gunshot…Feel-iks immediately figured it was just a balloon.
But then Satiricus remembered another snatch of the taped conversation:
Voice 1: You give me information.
Voice 2: I, eh eh, (cough) I, I deliberately…
Voice 1: I know.
Voice 2: I, I deliberately turn the thing away…
Voice 1 : I know.
Voice 2: From it…(muffled)
Voice 1: I know.
Voice 2: But now I can’t do duh because the facts coming out.
Satiricus wondered if the facts of the balloon from the CongoDress would “come out”.