By Dwayne MacInnes
"Mr. President," a voice broke into the oval office. President Roberts sat at his desk watching the election results from the screen on the wall in front of him. Since he took office eight years ago, the president appeared to have aged a good twenty years. His jet-black hair was now gray and his youthful face was haggard, sorrowful, and creased with wrinkles.
"Yes," Roberts replied never taking his eyes off the screen.
"Would you like something to eat?" the voice asked.
"No, Sam," Roberts said in a sad voice to his good friend and top advisor Samuel Dent.
"Doesn't look very good, does it?" Sam said to the president.
"No Sam, it does not," Roberts said finally looking up to his advisor. "Ramirez won with 62% of the vote, a complete landslide. Plus, it looks like the Democrats will have a majority in the House and Senate."
"Well, we could make things a little interesting here for your replacement by the time January 20th arrives," Sam gave an evil smile.
Roberts chuckled, "No, we won't do as some outgoing presidents have done in the past. I may only have an 18% approval rating but I always do things above the table."
"What do you think we should do?"
"I think we should do everything we can to help Ramirez until he takes office," Roberts replied.
"You know the Vice President is not going to like it?"
"Kimberly Watson has an even lower approval rating than I do. Her animosity towards minorities and backroom deals has plagued this administration with scandals," Roberts replied sadly. He never wanted her on his ticket but the party boys insisted and he played along only to have one of the biggest liabilities any president ever had to endure.
"You know she's almost asking the country to revolt against Ramirez," Sam reminded Roberts.
"I have taken measures to have her silenced until she can return to North Dakota. The last thing our party needs is any more embarrassments and scandals," the president said. "I believe that the party has made that abundantly clear to her."
Sam looked around sheepishly for a few minute before he finally cleared his throat. "Ah, sir...." Sam began. Roberts knew that when Sam called him "sir" he was walking into uncomfortable territory.
"Yes, Sam. What is it?"
"It's the whole Texas thing. Governor Tucker has sworn he'll secede before he sees Ramirez as his president."
Roberts looked up at Dent and smiled. "Sam, my boy. I believe I may have taken care of that as well."
George Murdock went to bed early. He did not care to watch the election results like everyone else. He knew what the results were going to be. Furthermore, he knew that the new administration was going to crack down and reinstate some regulations on many corporations. It was just part of business. Sometimes things are easy and sometimes they get hard. The sign of a good strong company was one that could work through the harder times.
Unfortunately, some of the younger business people did not see that. They did not have the experience of years behind them like George did, nor did they see far enough into the future to realize that politics was a big pendulum. Sometimes it swung right and sometimes left. Sometimes it swung way to the right and sometimes way to the left.
So, it was from a sound and restful sleep that George Murdock was awakened. His head swam and his senses reeled before he realized that there was someone else in the darkened bedroom with him. He at first felt the presence, and then he could make out the dark outline of a man in the shadows near his bedroom window.
"Mr. Murdock?" the man said in a low gruff voice.
"Yes, I am George Murdock," the tycoon said as he sat up in bed.
"Do not be alarmed," the man replied as he turned on a lamp on the side table.
George Murdock held up his hand to block the glare of the lamp's light until his eyes could adjust. He blinked rapidly several times, as he said, "Who the hell are you and how did you get in here?"
"Please, keep your voice down," the man said. "I am here to protect your assets"
"What do you mean....?"
The man stepped into the light cutting short any further questions. The intruder was wearing a black uniform with a combat harness. In his hands, he held a small submachine gun and on his head sat a black stocking watch cap.
"I am here to let you know that we are going to make sure that your company and its assets -- including your oil fields, pipelines, and refineries -- will be under our protection. In that way, they will not fall into unfriendly hands in the case Texas decides to leave the union."
"You mean you are here to take over my company? Did the country suddenly decide to nationalize the oil industry?" Murdock asked his mind racing to catch-up.
"No," the man said. "We are here to keep your company running and to ensure that some of your assets do not accidentally fall into unfriendly hands. That includes any funds that may be at your discretion."
The stranger smiled, "We have even provided you with our own accountants on loan from the IRS."
Murdock swung his legs around and stuck his feet into his slippers. As he stood up in his silk pajamas, he walked over to the man in black.
"I believe I should at least know who my business partner is."
"I am Staff Sergeant William Murphy, Delta Force," Murphy saluted. "Oh, and sir, this conversation never happened."
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