In this portion of The Posture of Innocence, Commissioner Scott gets schemed on and outwitted by the forces determined to change Lofton County -- for the better, for all!
To get totally caught up on The Posture of Innocence, here are the prologue, day 1, day 2, day 3, day 3.5, day 4, day 4.5, day 5, day 5.5, day 6, day 7, and day 7.5, day 8, day 9, day 9.5, day 10, day 10.5, day 11, day 11.5, day 12, day 12.5, day 13, day 13.5 and day 14!
Just after the press conference ended, Captain Hayes pulled his commissioner's sleeve.
“Excuse me, sir, but look out of the corner of your eye – big, big trouble has just arrived.”
“You know Turner from the * Free Voice,* that gadfly.”
“Of course – the bane of my existence!”
“He just tripped and fell, and was helped up by Mr. Jetson Black, with the Innocence Project, and if he's here ...”
Commissioner Scott turned his head just enough … the two men were in intent conversation, and Mr. Turner was taking out his notebook...
“Oh, nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!” the commissioner moaned.
“What are we going to do?” Captain Hayes said. “If the Innocence Project and the Lofton County Free Voice start linking up around what's been going on around here … and Mr. Black is one of Virginia's only surviving private investigators of his hue ... .”
“We're going to get ahead of this – that's what we're going to do! Get down there and get that man in here tomorrow for an appointment with me, that's what we're going to do! I'm sick and tired of the Free Voice acting like they are running every darn thing around here – we're going to tell Mr. Black what we're doing and plan to do, and not have him get all these ideas from the Free Voice about what we're not doing! Get it done, Captain!”
“Yes, sir, I will.”
Mr. Turner and Mr. Black were talking about the face of the commissioner and the panic in his eyes, his harsh words to the man next to him, and that man, looking like a scalded cat, headed in their direction.
“Told you it would take all of five minutes,” Mr. Black said.
“The advantages of age – I'm not used to seeing these people march to our tune, but I like it,” Mr. Turner said.
“Anything is possible once you realize: we have just as much real power as anyone else, Mr. Turner. Young man, understand: we don't have as many weapons, but we are not inferior. They have their days to run us, but it is time for us to seize our days of running them a little. And, before our eyes, here comes our trophy of today's victory...”
On came Captain Hayes, and Mr. Black had his appointment for the next morning.