“Remember the gentlemen who
called the station saying he knew who dropped it.” “Look close,” Shirk asked. “It was Doobie if
no other.” They enhanced the footage to
make sure. D.T. Shirk pointed out Doobie listening to the Chief sigh. “I knew it.”
That’s the same guy who turned
Paul in. So unexpected, I guess that’s what the feds are, ‘unexpected’. You never know, as soon as you think you can
relax, Boom! “They
had it coming sooner or later. Just look
at the odds. Remember one of the doctors
sounding so surprised when she said, “I’d never thought it would turn out like
this.” “They’d arrest Doobie of all people.”
Apparently, she didn’t know what was going on.
In spite of everything, according
to United States Law, Doobie still owned the rights
to Timeless since he patented it well before getting convicted. All I had to do was convince them that I had
no knowledge of intent.
By now, they knew we were friends
and knew his intent behind collecting the ransom. But before Doobie
was to blow up like he did, “I mean with Timeless and all, he could wind
up being one of the most powerful men in the world.” His potential was a mystery.
Yeah, he stuck by me. I’ll stick by him even if it does look like I
took the fall for him years ago. That’s
what the Fed’s kept pressing. But they
didn’t know Doobie like I did. They didn’t, really. “Providing we get rid of the files,” Paul
went on saying.
Funny, Bent owns a good piece of
that property, karma, revenge, whatever you want to call it. “Take it how you want.” “Things are getting hard; we have to eat and
it’s getting cold out there.” “I had no
muscle for, vengeance or greed.” “I
don’t know about Doobie.”
“It was like a fight.” I kind of figured if we won then, in other
words, got our way, then none of this would have happened. “Darn it!”
If we didn’t need the money, then I would never have gone to jail. But through all of that, our records did hit
We nearly lost our privacy. There are A.D.T. systems installed in cars now
with automatic tracking devices. The
discovery of D.N.A., “If some of this were around then, we would really be in a
jam,” Paul spoke out in a sarcastic rage.
Feeling uneasy about taking the
fall for Doobie the first time because it was Doobie who broke into the office and burned their files 29
years ago even though Paul went to jail for it, he says he just couldn’t let
them do to Doobie what they did, not after what
happened in school. This might affect
his sense of perception forever, and who knows, it might obscure his
judgment. “Imagine not being able to say
no, not knowing whether someone is hurting you until it’s too late.” “It’ll mess with his sense of perception.”
Do you know what happened? No, he had a good reason for doing what he
did years ago. The rest call it
coincidence, karma one. Who would ever
have thought Bent’s wife of all people would be driving down the highway that
dark cold night. If I
told the story, who would believe me.
It almost defies the laws of physics.
I remember pleading with the
District Attorney, begging them to drop the charges saying it was all me. They were not buying it. Then I even suggested that if they let Doobie go, I’d convince him to give up the rights to Timeless,
which would give them full rights to it.
But if the request was denied and if they didn’t go along with the whole
project, everything would be destroyed.
In other words, let Doobie go and there would
be no crime or mental illness ever again.
Sadly, the proposition was denied.
In so many ways, I know we’d all
like to think we’re being governed by a group of God fearing people, honestly,
we are not. Don’t get me wrong. Now I know what Doobie
and I did was wrong. We should have
gotten in trouble for it. But if you
read this carefully, none of this would be if we didn’t do what we did years
happened to us didn’t happen.
Either do this or sit back and be poor
pushovers until we die. It was the last
day of the week and Doobie was well into his
twenty-five year sentence. Two months
had gone by. I was his first visit.
I can remember hearing the
guard’s keys jingle as he pulled open that heavy black iron door. I walked in.
He stared at