A score to settle
Starting a project with half the plan and a sense of where the story is going to go sometimes leaves you in much the same position as painting yourself into a corner.
I’ve been there a few times, which is why I prefer to start the story with no firm ending in sight, and ad lib.
Yes, at the end of this story I want the revulsion to succeed, but like all good intentions, sometimes it doesn’t quite work out that way.
Taking on a military dictatorship, no matter how benevolent it’s leader tries to portray it, and themselves, you may discover the intelligence you’re working with is not quite the case.
So, I need to invent a little background, more for me, so that I can get my head around what will be needed.
For instance, this country, in northern Africa, was once one of several old French colonies, among those that were once British, or German. These countries were poor, had leaders backed by their colonial masters and as Colonialism became a yolk rather than a benefit, the countries citizens found themselves inducted into the military as a means of giving the country employment and stability.
That in turn emboldened the military leaders to eventually oust the government propped up by the colonial masters and run the country themselves, usually because vested interests need a ‘friendly and corrupt regime to continue exploiting the country and its people.
Until the people fight back. Sometimes that ’cause’ centres itself one one person, or a group of people, and quite often these people can disappear, or be assassinated.
In this case, the county’s most outspoken critic has disappeared, and his deputy finds himself in a rather invidious position of working in the shadows and using suspects means to get a message across.
That means is going to be a human rights conference. There is a plan of sorts, but it’s not known whose involved among the delegates attending from many counties, or who the various intelligence services have on the ground.
Our main character, and his assistant are but two of many, and their mission, like others, is overtly one thing, but why they’re really there, that’s for Delacrat to find put, because he knowns he’s right in the middle of what could only be described as a nest of vipers.
More on this tomorrow
Today’s word count: 2,678 words, for the running total of 16.091.