Beyond the Night Road 2

A spy espionage thriller that is set in the early 1970's.


10. Beyond the Night Road-Part Ten


Moira Westwood watched 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show' on television and ate salted chips in the small lounge room. She enjoyed the comedy, as she glanced at her husband. "Alan, where are you?", she asked him. "I'm writing an article for The New York Times on crime rates", he answered. He had read 'The Day of the Jackal' by Frederick Forsyth the night before, as he placed the new paperback on the red stool in his study. He had imagined President Nixon's reaction to the news that he was evading the crime statistics; he was sure that venting his rage at the Government would work. Moira stopped watching the show during an ad-break, and went to the toilet. By seven-thirteen PM, a cold wind blew from the east-south-east; by seven-fifteen PM, the show was back on. Suddenly, after the show ended at seven-thirty PM, there was a live cross to the White House. Channel 1 reporters were busying themselves with furry microphones, as dozens and dozens of people hovered outside the front doors, as President Nixon's press conference, while America was imploding.

      "Mister President, can you explain why Watergate happened? Did you bug the office of The Oval Office because of your hatred of the Kennedys?", Chad Morris, a White House correspondent, asked. The President's face was ashen. He smiled bitterly. "I did what I wanted to do within reason, Chad; I was concerned over my defeat against President JFK in nineteen sixty. I have waited a long time to run America. And I am sure that the burglars didn't work for me when they broke into the Democratic National Party Headquarters Building. And I object to the inference that I am a crooked President who failed the people. As for the reporters of The New Yorker, The Washington Post, and the New York Times newspapers, they can burn in Hell for their insipid accounts of the Watergate case...I didn't hate the Kennedys; I wanted them to lose in the political game...and I won the 1972 election fair and square...Now, I shall get down to business. Good night, and God Bless America...", he answered. As the President walked past the American flag, Moira said: "Nixon is a crook". And she read a book called 'One flew over the Cuckoo's Nest', by Ken Kesey, before she went to bed at ten-thirty PM.

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