Accursed Speculation

I sat down, trying to catch my thoughts as they flitted through my mind.  I’d gathered the top ten men after myself in a secret meeting to discuss this problem on our hands.

Well, the top ten minus Henry. Something about this problem had stirred him in such a peculiar way, but I couldn’t quite place it what it was.  No matter; whatever it was, it brought out parts of his character I as his father had never seen in him before, and I can’t say I liked the looks of them, as a father or as a superior.

“You gentlemen are no doubt aware of this little… issue that has recently confronted us?” I asked, trying to tread carefully.

“'Issue,' Commissioner? With all due respect, this 'issue' is on the verge of a full-blown fiasco!” my second cried.  I could never keep their names straight, let alone their titles.  I only knew them all by rank.  Besides, I had more important things to worry about.

Fifth nodded. “I can’t recall a time where the Resistance has caused this much trouble, even in its prime, and now it’s on the verge of collapsing.”

“As far as we know, there are only two members left,” Seventh stated.  “And we recently had the Premiere order the capture of their leader."

“But what if there are more?” Eleventh asked, rising slowly. The room went silent.

Yes, what if, indeed?

“But that's not the only issue at hand pertaining to this problem,” Fourth interjected seriously.  “Another question is this: what about the Premiere’s conduct?” A murmur rippled through the group. “Think about it,” he continued, “he’s gone to desperate lengths to find two teenagers.  Teenagers!  Does this not strike anyone as extremely rash?  I mean, he’s proven maturity, the Commissioner himself has said so more than once, but could this fiasco be the display of his true colors?”

“Are you speculating that fact so you can move up?” Second asked accusingly.

“Everyone from myself up would rise a rank if the Premiere was dropped,” he replied coldly.

“Enough!” I bellowed.  The ten jumped.  “You’ve brought up a good point, one that I hate to admit I’ve been thinking about myself.  As both his superior & his father, Henry’s conduct has worried me.  I wouldn’t readily admit it to him, but he has made some very rash mistakes.”

“So what do you propose to do about it?”

I pressed my fingertips together pensively.  “Let us focus on eradicating the rest of the Resistance,” I began.  “After that, we shall turn our attention to Henry’s… fate.”

I barely hid the smirk that slunk across my lips.

The End

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