Big Mr. Little, Part 3

by Captivated Chat

Me
Wishes come true today, it seems. You drove here to see your friend, you say?
Robin
Yes, I’m Robin.
Grogan
Yeah? What did you want? 
Robin
How did you fall asleep?
Grogan
A sedative.
Me
I gave it to him.
Me
Robin, I want you to meet my wife. 
Robin
How do you do? 
Mrs. Craig
I’m well. Nice to meet you.
Robin
It’s a pleasure.
Me
Let me give you a hand 
Mrs. Craig
No, no, I’m all right. 
Me
Robin, I’ve told the entire story to my wife. She’s a scientist. I’ll let her tell you both what we think.
Mrs. Craig
Well then, Charles thinks Mr. Grogan is a menace to humanity. I don’t think so. I think if there is a danger to others it is not through him.
Grogan
I don’t know what you mean.
Mrs. Craig
I mean you wouldn’t willfully hurt anyone. But maybe you could if someone forced you to. What if your ability to perform miracles, malicious evil miracles, was discovered by some criminal? He might force you to wreak whatever destruction he wanted, and at no risk to himself. 
Robin
Someone could use Grogan for criminal purposes? 
Mrs. Craig
Yes, blackmail’s the word. Because by just a thought you could kill anyone in the world.
Me
You haven’t said much, Mr. Grogan. Do you understand?
Grogan
Yes, I understand. But what do you expect me to do about it?
Robin
They don’t expect you to do anything. The responsibility is beyond you or us.
Mrs. Craig
Whatever happens is up to the proper authorities.
Grogan
Huh? Authorities?
Me
My wife means there’s nothing to do but to tell the authorities what happened.
Robin
It’s a wonderful idea.
Grogan
What did you say?
Robin
It’s a wonderful idea. Thank God it happened to a man like you instead of another kind. 
Me
A little man would imagine himself a super Hitler. 
Grogan
A wonderful idea, you said?
Me
But that’s all that’s important now. We’ve got to go to the authorities and tell all of it. 
Grogan
No. 
Robin
Why should you say no? 
Grogan
I’m not going anywhere. Neither are you!
Robin
Why wait? What’s the matter? 
Grogan
I’m not going anyplace! Who are all of you to order me around!
Robin
What do you mean?
Grogan
Sit down!
Me
What the devil for? 
Grogan
I let you talk. Now it’s my turn. In my own way I figured out the world a long time ago. That’s why I was satisfied. It’s like this: some people are born with more than other people. One man has more brains, so maybe he’s an Einstein. Another is born with good looks. So he’s a movie star. 
Robin
Well?
Grogan
Most people are born with just enough brains and muscles to get along in a plain ordinary life. Like me, I knew that so I was satisfied. Then this happens and I can do what almost anybody else in the whole world would like to do: make things happen. 
Me
No, only bad things.
Grogan
So? The military would love to have me. I can say that somebody should die or that something should break or fail, and it happens. At first it wasn’t the same for me as it was for you, doctor. I couldn’t believe it was really so.
Me
So?
Grogan
Then while I was lying here I heard you and the wives talking and I began to figure things out. And then you both gave me the marvelous idea. I have something, why shouldn’t I get paid off for it too? Like the movie star for his looks.
Robin
Paid off?
Grogan
That’s right. You said it before, what I think they’d call it.
Me
Blackmail?
Grogan
Sure. 
Me
Well!
Grogan
The way you both look at me, you’d think I’d said something you hadn’t said before yourself. I can kill, all right. People get paid off in this world for not letting other people live. I’ll get paid off for not making people die.
Me
That’s a pretty bad joke. 
Grogan
Joke?  
Me
Oh, of course you’re joking. 
Grogan
No. 
Me
You don’t mean that! 
Grogan
Sit down doctor.
Grogan
Doc, I said for you to sit down.

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