It’s Monday morning at the Brick House. (Isn’t it always?) Next Pres Murdo Girl is in the Oblong office. She is waiting for her crack up reporter to get there. It seems everyone likes to hang out in the employee lounge, because it doesn’t have a phone. They’ve all figured out they can eat, drink and gossip at their leisure and without interruption. Murdo Girl makes a mental note to put a phone in the break room as soon as she can free up some funds. Murdo Girl makes a mental note to check on the crown sales. They practically had to tear those crowns off the contestants, but hey! A deal’s a deal. They all knew the crowns were to be sold, with the proceeds going to support the Brick House. Murdo Girl’s thoughts are interrupted. Yram has arrived and Lav is with her.
Murdo Girl: Thank you for coming Yram. Why are you here Lav?
Lav: Well since I found out I’m the designated survivor, I’ve made everything that goes on around here my business. You could turn sickly Next Pres and be unable to handle stuff. That would be a real game changer, now wouldn’t it? We sure wouldn’t want this place to identify with a false narrative.
Murdo Girl: A false what? Lav..do you even know what you’re talking about? I’ve got to talk to Yram. You can listen if you want to.
Yram: Sighing..What is it Next Pres? Are you going to fire me?
Murdo Girl: Not yet Yram. I’m going to give you another chance. I have lined up a really important interview for you, but I’ve got to get you off house arrest first, and get all those restraining orders lifted. In order to do that, you have to cop a plea. I made a deal with the devil.
Lav: Sitting on the edge of her seat…It’s Barney isn’t it MG? Barney is the devil.
Murdo Girl: Yes… Yram, you have to spend two nights locked up in the Jones County Jail. Yram’s eyes look funny. Her breathing is shallow. She is visibly shaken.
Lav: Ooh Next Pres, she doesn’t look so good. I gotta go. I’m not good with this kind of thing. Wait..It looks like she might be coming around.
Yram: Okay Murdo Girl…I’ll take one for the team. I’ll do what you have asked of me. I guess I was destined for martyrdom, or is it designed for martyrdom? You’re the designated survivor Lav. I guess I’m the lone survivor.
Murdo Girl: You won’t be going by yourself. Jerry is going with you. Barney said if I gave him Yram and one other member of my team, he would lift the Brick House arrest on everybody. Besides, Yram has to write letters to all the people who have restraining orders against her. That will take the better part of the two days she’ll be in jail. Jerry can help her.
Lav: Good idea Next Pres. Jerry has very good penmanship. He can even write that real pretty calligraphy. Mr. Palmer, Mr. Thune, Mr. Applebee, Mrs. Peters, and all those people from Gun Barrel will be impressed.
Yram: When do I have to turn myself in Murdo Girl? I can’t believe I’m going to spend time in the slammer. Yup..just like all those famous reporters who refused to give the names of their sources. I might just be the biggest hero this town has ever seen. I won’t say a word about whatever this is all about. I don’t care what they do to me. What do you think they’ll do to me MG?
Lav: Well Yram, I’m not an expert on this or anything, but I’ve talked to people and if they don’t get anything out of you by depriving you of sleep and food, they might hypnotize you.
Murdo Girl: Just go get your toothbrush Yram and I’ll have Braveheart drive you and Jerry over to the jailhouse in the Jeep. Any Questions?
Yram: Um Murdo Girl..What really great interview did you get me?
Murdo Girl: Lav, will you send Pico, DM, A I, Treason, TC, Carol the singer, and Sherri the Photographic Drawer, Bart, Smart, Barnella, no not Barnella..Oh, never mind, I’ll just go to the break room.
To Be Continued