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Truth Be Told

People told him that it was a gift, but Quincy wasn't so sure.  From the time he was very small, Quincy had demonstrated the uncanny ability to accurately determine if someone was lying or telling the truth.  While at times this came in very handy, to the extent of always scoring 100% on True or False tests in school; at other times it caused him great sadness, like when classmates pretended to be his friends and he knew without a doubt that they were making fun of him behind his back. Quincy felt like an oddity and an outcast;  people were wary of being close to him, fearing that he could too easily read their minds.  His turn for fifteen minutes of fame came one day though, when someone mysteriously started a fire in the school that destroyed one whole wing before they got it extinguished. When the school principal stood up in an assembly and decried the foul person who would do such a thing, Quincy shocked everyone in attendance by standing and asking in a clear, steady voice, "Then why did you do it, Sir?"
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18 comments:

  1. Nice twist. It would be fun for this concept to be expanded.

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    1. I pondered it for a while too Joe, I can see all kinds of pluses and minuses to having a gift like this, it could make life quite an adventure!

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  2. The truth always comes out, always.

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    1. I believe that too, Annie. We can run from it, and it can hide, but eventually truth shows itself. I'm sure this principal realized the moment of truth was at hand as soon as he saw Quincy stand up!

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  3. That was a good one! It would be nice to have that liar radar sometimes, but normally, I think I'm glad to be in the dark.

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    1. Thanks Christine! I would be a blessing to know who your true friends really are, but I'm pretty sure that it would get wearisome realizing that much of what comes out of people's mouths is essentially not true.

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  4. Oh, i didn't see that coming! And it is hard to be "gifted" in such a unique way.

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    1. I agree, Mimi, imagine if someone said " you look really nice today", and you knew they thought you looked like a disaster, or much bigger issues, like the answer to "do you love me"! This could be an uncomfortable reality to live with.

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  5. ohhhhh....I LOVED this! Hope all is well with you and yours. xo

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    1. Thanks Val! It was a fun one to write. You should try 6SS sometime, I know that you are good at creative writing! :-) I started thinking about various kinds of special "gifts" like this and that most of them have their pros and cons, with knowing comes the burden or living with that knowledge. I am doing great, thank you! :-)

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  6. The truth does come out, except in politics. There is no truth there.

    What a wonderful gift this fine young man possesses.

    Today begins our annual bay cruise. We are raring to go.

    Have a fabulous day. :)

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    1. I have to agree with you about politicians, Sandee, I don't trust a single one of them to have our best interests at heart! I hope you have a wonderful time on your cruise, post pictures on your blog!

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  7. I liked that story I myself sometimes can tell or know things that are going to happen it's strange but also knda neat

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    1. I think that would be a wonderful gift to have, Lucky Lady! Hopefully knowing in advance gives you the opportunity to make better choices for happier outcomes!

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  8. The story made me say "OOOOOOOOOOO" but boy I would tire of that mind ability pretty quickly...

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    1. I agree Zoe, I suspect it would be a rather sad life, since there is probably more dishonest folks than honest ones in the world, ,at times I wonder honesty is a virtue that has gone out of style, I sure hope not!

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  9. Wow! What a "burning" end! This was great.

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    1. Thanks Gail! It was one of those little off the cuff stories that made me smile when I finished it. Wouldn't it be nice if more people in the world would stand up when they know what they are hearing is b.s.? :-)

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