Sunday, January 14, 2018

Monologue Mania Day # 1431 The Detective (for Crime) by Janet S. Tiger (c) Jan. 14, 2018

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Monologue Mania Day # 1431 The Detective (for Crime) by Janet S. Tiger (c) Jan. 14, 2018   

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                                     THE DETECTIVE
                                                 (for Crime)  
                              (c) Feb. 5, 2012  by Janet S. Tiger  all rights reserved  

(A man comes out onstage.  He is dressed in a simple suit - he looks very unobtrusive.  He is smoking, but puts it out before he speaks.)

I'm a detective.  When my kids were little, they used to ask me why I didn't watch all the shows on TV with detectives on them. Like all the LAW AND ORDER ones, or CSI when it came along.

I would tell them that if I wanted to watch science fiction, I preferred things like STAR TREK or ALIEN - the costumes were more accurate.  You see, I was a kid in the 50s - Dragnet is what I knew, and to be honest, that was closer to the truth than any of the other ones since.  Why do I say that?  Because it was very boring - these guys, in suits like...well,

(He indicates his own suit)

I guess, suits like mine, they did a lot of walking around and there was a lot of dead time in between the excitement.  But it was still a TV show, and they had to do something exciting once a month.  In real life, I have never fired my gun at anyone. I've been lucky.

My first partner, he wasn't so lucky.  He had to kill was not easy for him afterwards.  Now, it's not like the guy didn't deserve it - he had a hostage and wasn't talking rationally, turned out he was high.  Nobby - that's what we called him 'cause he had such knobby knees - Nobby was a good shot, took the guy down from behind because the negotiators weren't gonna be there for 25 minutes.  He was worried about the old lady - the hostage - so he took the shot.  The old lady came to the hearing - there's always a hearing when a cop shoots someone.  It doesn't happen too often - that's why it's big news.  Anyhow, the old lady came and was crying when she told what happened, and she got off the stand and went and kissed Nobby.  (Smiles, remembering)  But he didn't do well after that - killing someone is easy on TV - because next week, they're alive on another show.

In real life, taking a life is hard.  Nobby retired, took a mental disability deal they offered him.  He died in a car crash a few years later - I always wondered if it wasn't an accident.  You know what I mean?

          (Lights down)
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