my one crime

Q: have you ever committed a crime?

A: only one. there was a fellow, known to be brilliant, who constantly bragged that he had solved the problem of perpetual motion, holding high a little black book with the supposed solution in it. (this was before superconductivity.) he refused to share any more than that on the subject with the rest of us.

once a month, we held our poker game at his place. halfway through, when he was engaged in a tense, major hand with two others at the table, i got up to use the bathroom. while back there, i darted across the hall to his bedroom, rummaged quickly through the desk he kept in there and found the little black book. i stuffed it in my back pocket. after all, if what this fellow said was true, his discovery could have been worth millions.

i was never able to monitize my new possession and three weeks later when the poker game was held at my house, someone removed my prized 1948 California Gold Centennial commemorative postage stamp from its place in my U. S. Commemoratives album.

for Fandango’s Provocative Question

One Response

  1. Ooh, paybacks are a bitch, as they say.

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