Somebody lied to me. This time it wasn’t for my own good. They didn’t lie to me directly, they did it in the most underhanded way, they convinced some one else that they were telling me the truth. That is the greatest deception of all.
The person that told me these things believed what she told me. Why shouldn’t she? The person who told her these things should have been working in her best interest, she was even paid to do so. It was a classic con. The liar had something this woman wanted more than anything, she took her into her confidence. She said that she was revealing more than she really should, she didn’t tell most people this much. The things she told her were plausible, the fact that they weren’t pleasant made them that much more believable.
It was a great story, it had a beginning, middle, and end. Each character was painted fully enough that the listener could, if not understand, at least accept, their motivations. Every plot point fit well within the time and atmosphere of the story. There was conflict and a resolution of sorts. It was a good lie.
The thing is, good lies only work once. Any confidence man will tell you once you’ve bled your mark, it’s time to get out of town. Sure, you can run the same con again, you just have to be sure that your marks will never met. Our liar didn’t take into account how small a town we all live in now.
I’m not sure what disgusts me more, the fact that this woman told such a cruel lie, or the fact she didn’t care enough to make up a new lie for each of her marks. The very thought that she could let people come to her needing the truth more than anything, tell them she had it, and then decide which lie to use makes me ill.
How many stories did she have? 2? 3? 8? Were there stories for men, women? Did how they looked looked or the tone of their voice influence which story they would get? Did she save special stories for ones she favored or especially disliked?
I’d like to ask the liar.
I’ve sought truth on the behalf of others. I’ve been successful, and I’ve failed, but I’ve never lied. I couldn’t betray a trust like that.
I just don’t understand.