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Topic: SCUTTLEBUTT (rumor or gossip) (10/03/19)
- TITLE: The Truth Comes Out
By Graham Insley
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â€œHave you heard the latest?â€ Randyâ€™s whispered comment grabbed Johnâ€™s attention like a vice, leaving him no choice but to pay strict attention.
â€œNo.â€ Johnâ€™s one-word reply didnâ€™t reflect the keen interest he suppressed under a nonchalant stare.
â€œSam just finished night classes. He is now qualified and seeking a new job.â€
Johnâ€™s eyes now grew large as he found surprise harder to contain, â€œI didnâ€™t know he was studying. What subject?â€
â€œSome sort of precursor to law. He is now skilled-up to get a job as a legal assistant and he is going to continue to study law and eventually become a lawyer.â€ Randy continued his story as if breaking open a huge secret.
â€œI donâ€™t believe it.â€ John was shaking his head as he spoke. â€œEveryone knows about his beliefs. The law and God donâ€™t go together. Murder, rape, thieveryâ€¦ or even corporate law with all itâ€™s greed. Iâ€™ve never seen any sign of him being interested in those sort of things.â€
â€œWhat things? Who are you talking about?â€ Jerry joined the other two with both an empty cup and an idle mind.
â€œSam. Randy reckons he has just done a night class on some sort of law prep and heâ€™s looking for a new job.â€ John was keen to keep the subject rolling.
â€œNah, you got it wrong.â€ Jerry smiled; convinced he alone knew the truth. â€œHe just completed a degree in bookkeeping. Going to be an accountant. Already hooked him up with a mate of mine, to help him get a new job. Good on him too, I say. Better than working in this lousy dump.â€ â€˜This lousy dumpâ€™ was a huge warehouse on the outskirts of town. Employing twenty people, it distributed its stock throughout the entire region.
â€œOh, I donâ€™t know, it isnâ€™t so bad here. At least itâ€™s regular. But I donâ€™t blame Sam for wanting to better himself.â€ Randy tried to turn the subject back to Sam and his studies. He was much more interested in the gossip than talking about work.
â€œWhose self?â€ Asked Reg, as he joined the coffee making trio and played into Randyâ€™s hand.
â€œSam.â€ Randy jumped on the opportunity. â€œHeâ€™s just finished studying law and going to be a lawyer.â€
â€œThatâ€™s not what you said before.â€ John quickly jumped in. â€œYou said it was a prep for law and he still had to qualify as a legal eagle.â€
â€œSemantics. Heâ€™s headed for a law office somewhere sooner or later.â€ Randy fended off the objection as irrelevant.
â€œI told you, itâ€™s bookkeeping.â€ Jerry forcefully butted back in.
â€œNope.â€ Reg re-joined the conversation with conviction. â€œActually, itâ€™s neither of those things. Sam just completed a class in English Literature. Next heâ€™s doing a teacherâ€™s degree and he is going to teach high school.â€
â€œWow.â€ For a second or two, John was lost for words. But only for a second or two. â€œWho would want to teach that ungrateful bunch?â€
â€œObviously... Sam.â€ Reg smiled as he continued with his part of the ongoing tale. â€œHe has always had a heart for the young and heâ€™s looking forward to it.â€
Randy and Jerry were ready to push their point again when Sam walked into the room. â€œHi, all. Must be a popular time for coffee. Is the water hot?â€
â€œJust boiled,â€ muttered John.
â€œWhat you all talking about?â€ Sam continued as he stirred first milk and then water into some instant coffee powder.
â€œJust plans for the weekend.â€ Randy was looking to change the subject now that it had walked into the room.â€
â€œWell, Iâ€™ve got some interesting news,â€ Sam seemed excited. â€œIâ€™ve just given my notice. Leave at the end of next week. Iâ€™m going to miss you all but.â€
â€œWhy, whatâ€™s happening?â€ Randy was interested again. The latest scuttlebutt was about to come straight from the horseâ€™s own mouth. Now everyone would know he was right.
â€œI just finished Bible College. Iâ€™ve got a job at Southside Gospel Hall, as assistant pastor. I canâ€™t wait to start. You should all come along on Sunday, you might enjoy it you know.â€
Be careful spreading rumours, it can make you look very foolish when the truth eventually comes outâ€¦ and it always will.
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