26: Wanting to Come Clean
by Jimmy Abdul Gandhi Geronimo Rogers
Everyone overreacted a little when they found out who Jesse was. The media came up with all kinds of conspiracy
plots suggesting she was trying to sabotage the worldwide day of peace plans.
Some talking heads tried to spin a tale showing that the day of peace idea
itself was all a plan to reap profits for the missile defense industry.
I’d been prepared for this to happen, eventually, and Jesse quickly put
out a statement to try to put everyone’s mind at rest.
But it was tricky to figure out exactly what to say, because according
to the will, we couldn’t let on about the One Day In Peace “condition.” And we couldn’t stretch the truth too much
-- on January 2, Jesse would be the primary shareholder of her Uncle’s company,
whether it sold missiles or flowers. Teary-eyed,
Jesse went over what she wanted to say and we fine-tuned it and tweaked it.
“I wish I could just come clean,” Jesse cried, not for the first time.
“They’ll get over it, Jess, and then we can move on...” I reassured her.
“Even so, we’ll still have January 2 to deal with...”
“One step at a time,” I urged.
she was great and the tears helped her story.
“I really believe in peace, despite my past and despite my family’s business.
I’ve given away all the money I inherited from my Uncle to work for One
Day In Peace.”
Of course there were tons of questions.
No one had even known that Sir Reginald had died!
They wanted to know about the future of the company and about Jesse’s future
role, but we didn’t take any questions. “I
intend to strive towards a more peaceful, just and sustainable world for all my
All kinds of stories came out conjecturing on what Global Missiles might
be up to. Were they getting into the peace business instead
of war? Of course they tried to reach Global
Missiles executives, but as it had always been before, Global Missiles was completely
silent. They interviewed regular people
and ran polls instead, asking people whether or not the company should continue
in the missile business. Then they went
on and on about how the polls showed nine out of ten people thought Global Missiles
could earn more money promoting peace than it had promoting war.
They wrote anything they could to keep the story alive.
Poor Jesse had to keep a low profile after that, because any time she appeared
anywhere she was swamped with reporters.
our own circle, everyone’s reaction was a little different, although they all
quickly got over it once Jesse released her half-true statement. She was really
torn up inside, because she wanted to tell the whole story, especially to her
friends. At first, Artie, Sam and Angel felt betrayed
somehow. Maya didn’t seem surprised at
all. But Merle, as I anticipated, was the
most shocked of all. The realization of
Jesse’s true identity as Jessica Martin, of course, meant a little more to him
than to anyone else.
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