Nico (vilakins) wrote,

Ficlet: Man on the Beach

This one was for the b7friday interview challenge. 400 words, set PGP. OK, I think I'm caught up now.

Man on the Beach

"This is Kiava Palos on Calipheron. And hello, sir."

"Who, me?"

"We're interviewing the citizen in the street--"

"I'm not in the street. I'm on the beach."

"It's an expression. We're interviewing average citizens."

"I'm not really one. I'm a tourist. And besides, word in your ear, no one likes being called average."

"All right, sir. Point taken. Serhat, nix what we have up till now. Wait, would you take your sunglasses off first, sir?"

"No. Sand's a bit glary."

"Ahhh, Serhat, starting now. I am Kiava Palos, here on one of the loveliest beaches on Calipheron. This gentleman sitting here is an off-world visitor. Sir, what do you think of recent events?"

"Which ones?"

"You must have seen the vids. The discovery of the fugitive Commissioner Sleer several days ago."

"Fugitive as an adjective! I didn't know anyone actually talked like that. D'you have to train?"

"All right, Serhat, we'll have to edit this one. In the meantime, let's keep going. Do you have any thoughts about that?"

"Werl, just deserts, isn't it? Speaking of which, fancy joining me in some ice cream? Not literally, of course,"

"No! Do you think it's true that she is in fact former President Servalan?"

"Looks like her. I mean, those paintings of old Servie someone left at all the vid stations look just like snaky Sleer."

"Do you have any further speculation?"

"No, not really. I don't go in for politics. It 's just that..."


"She didn't even change her hairstyle or the way she dressed. Bit stupid, that."

"I was hoping for something with a little more substance."

"I'm on holiday!"

"Very well. What about the disappearance of Sleer's personal fortune and the string of burglaries of the wealthiest citizens of this planet?"

"You think they're connected?"

"I was asking you."

"Don't know. What do the police think?"

"What do you think?"

"That whoever it is might have to be a bit more subtle?"

"All right. Do you think there's a connection with the many large donations to hospitals and orphanages in the last few days?"

"Why should there be? I mean, there's no proof. Look, I've finished my drink. Would you like one, pretty lady? They come with umbrellas in the colour of your choice, and--"

"No. Good day, sir. Serhat, delete it all.. That idiot is utterly clueless. Wait, here comes someone more promising, chap in black. No, he's veered off..."

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