I will never forget that night.The crowd had been growing steadily for hours, despite the sweltering heat. There was indiscernible chanting emanating from the group stationed beside an abandoned Chevy Impala, as they lit fires in the trash cans that lined the overcrowded street. Placards were held high, swaying back and forth, enticing the local media to begin filming. A communal roar erupted as a stretch limousine with blacked out windows pulled up in front of the office tower that had long served to ignite the activists’ anger. As the vehicle came to a stop, the crowd silenced, as if time itself was standing still. Patiently waiting to see who the passenger was, the group who had been lighting the fires in garbage cans, unable to control their frustration, began a new chant. “Come on out”. “Come on out”, they sang in melodious tones.
“Who do you think is in there?”, my wife asked me.
“I don’t know.”, I replied.
“I think its the security guy.”, she stated.
“We’ll just have to wait and see.”, I answered.
“Well”, she continued, “Who else could it be?”
“Can you stop talking for a minute?”, I blurted out. “I can’t hear anything.”
“That’s because you’re going deaf.”, she told me.
“No.”, I corrected her, “Its because you won’t stop talking.”
A man in a dark suit emerged from the vehicle, carrying a black briefcase, and was led through the crowd who were trying to block the passage into the building, by 4 incredibly large men, who also wore dark suits, accessorized with mirrored sunglasses.
“I told you it was him.”, my wife exclaimed. “It was so obvious.”
“Proud of yourself, are you?”, I asked her.
“Not really.”, she replied. “It was so obvious.”
“Yes, You said that already.”, I reminded her. “Are we done now?”, I asked.
“Don’t you want to see how it ends?”. she queried.
“There’s no need.”, I told her. “You can just tell me everything that’s going to happen.”
“Well. that kind of takes the fun out of it, don’t you think?”, she asked.
“No.”, I told her. “The non stop talking does that for me.” I turned the television off, stood up, and took the dogs for a walk. And that was the last time my wife and I watched a movie together.