The (Amateur) Detectives

by Martin Baena

Characters: M and F

Setting: river bank


M and F toss rocks into the river.

M: Take that tree over there. D’you see it?

F: Which?

M: The one in the water. Over there in the water.

F: Uh-huh

M: How would you say it got there?

F: It was uprooted somehow… maybe the stream washed away the soil.

M: A man pushed the tree into the water.

F: How do you know?

M: A hiker found the man on the spot the tree once stood. He was dead, having overexerted himself.

F: Did this person see the man push the tree?

M: No, the  hiker said he heard the tree fall. He found the body a few minute later.

F: What makes you think it’s not a coincidence?

M: Well…

F: Do we have any evidence the man pushed the tree over?

M: No, no direct evidence.

F: Well, then how can we be sure the man did it?

M: Well, we can…

F: D’ you see?

M: …we can say he did it.

F: And what would that gain us?

M: I haven’t figured that part out yet.

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This work by Martin Baena is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.


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