Welcome to my daily world. The picture you see as this weeks prompt is part of the ceiling where I work … in a TV studio. Below sit the news presenters (for those of you outside the US, we call them “anchors”). My shot of the studio lights is a light I see every day. I always thought that it looked like a serpent head, mouth open, about to pounce on one of them and swallow them whole (oh, don’t try to make my day!). But, it never does. For a long time I wanted to take that picture and I finally did. Might name him “Ollie.”
Anyway, this story is not about television, but about an Army video that surfaced during a hostage situation. And if they don’t figure it out, it’ll be too late.
Your Floor Director is Rochelle Wisoff-Fields encouraging you to go to her blog channel and see the world through her eyes (and everyone else’s eyes, too) at Friday Fictioneer Central.
I knew red-blooded patriot Walt Bennett long before he made Lieutenant Colonel. The video of Walt, held hostage by terrorists and denouncing the U.S., never lost its shock value on us even after several viewings.
A forced speech, sure, but could we prove it? We in the Situation Room knew him as “unbreakable.”
I saw the answer. Immediately I perked up. “Run it again!”
They ran it again. “There! You see it? Drumming fingers, blinking eyes?”
Morse Code. I scribbled down their rhythms. Bingo!
The letters read:
“T-O-R-T-U-R-I-N-G M-E …”