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Free Society!…

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Big Bee hunkered over his desk with his head in his hands.

Teigue-the-Fool was running amok…

“In what sense can we be regarded as a free society when we have a litany of regulations governing our every move?”

Much more of this and Big Bee would scream, “We are a free society because I say we are a free society,” he said.

“Ah, I see,” said Teigue-the-Fool, “you are using the word ‘free’ in the same way that the American Administration uses the word ‘peace’.”

“Huh?” Said Big Bee.

“To mean the exact opposite of its dictionary definition.”

“I’m not listening,” said Big Bee and clamped his hands over his ears.

“But the people have questions, sire,” said Teigue-the-Fool and removed Big Bee’s hands from his ears.

“What kind of questions?” asked Big Bee, dejectedly.

“What kind of ‘virus’ discriminates between small and corporate businesses?”

Big Bee said nothing.

“What kind of ‘virus’ discriminates between the man in the street and the world’s elite athletes?”

Big Bee said nothing.

“What kind of ‘virus’ discriminates between ‘peaceful protestors’ and ‘riotous children’?”

Big Bee’s silence had become deafening.

“The word on the street, sire, is that the virus is man-made.”

Big Bee exploded.

“THE VIRUS IS NOT MAN MADE!”

“No sire,” said Teigue-the-Fool, “just manipulated.”

***

A Questionable Science

Love and Death in the Time of COVID 

by Stuart France and G. Michael Vasey

‘The Gallows and Gibbet Inn’, proclaimed the sign, which singular nominal ought really to have aroused, if not my shackles then, at least my suspicions. 

Too late, Anu was already tugging me over the threshold into the warmth, and the light, and the sound of voices, and music…

…They were all in there!

Black Jack Davey… Teigue-the-Fool… The Miller’s Son… The Sorcerer’s Apprentice… H.R.H. the Lord of the Elements, and one-hundred-and-one other far less savoury characters.

Most of them in their cups. Reprobates all! And what a tale they had to tell.

If you have ever wondered why all the public houses are shut.

You had better pull up a chair…

 

Now available in paperback and Kindle formats on Amazon

 

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