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The nation’s worst natural tragedy occurred in October. I was sent to the area as soon as it was safe.

Once I had established the approximate number of casualties, I began collecting information about those who had not lived through the disaster.

I interviewed first responders, emergency workers sent from around the country, law enforcement and medical crews, other reporters, and civilians, gathering data and supporting documents.

When I returned to our offices, my editor debriefed and thanked me.

“Are those pictures of the dead?” he asked.

I nodded.

“Toss them in the basket,” he said.

for Friday Fictioneers

6 Responses

  1. Facts can be so brutal.

  2. So cavalier when it isn’t one of your own loved ones. I think the collector had a heart, but the editor was jaded.

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