SOUND: Skype rings once. Receiver picked up.
JOHNNY: Johnny Atsign.
DEEP VOTE: (Telephone Filter) Good evening, Mr. Atsign.
DEEP VOTE: (Telephone Filter) I have some more information for you. Meet me at the usual place and time.
SOUND: (Called Party’s POV) Line hung up. Dial tone.
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ANNOUNCER: The Lickspittle Broadcasting System presents W. J. J. Hoge in the transcribed adventures of the man with the action-packed Twitter account, America’s fabulous free-lance Internet investigator …
JOHNNY: Yours Truly, Johnny Atsign!
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JOHNNY: The following is partial extract of the tweets sent and received during my investigation of Overseas and Back Matter.
JOHNNY TWEETS: (SYNTH VOICE) @DeepVote Does this trail have an end?
JOHNNY: At 12:15 am, precisely, the next morning, I drove into the designated parking garage, parked on the second level, and took the stairs up to the fourth level. I began walking to the far end.
SOUND: Footsteps with echo.
JOHNNY: As usual, the voice came from behind me.
DEEP VOTE: Good morning, Mr. Atsign, …
SOUND: Footsteps stop.
JOHNNY: I turned around, and he was standing in the shadows like always.
DEEP VOTE: … I hear that you’ve spent much of the summer traveling.
JOHNNY: Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Texas, the Caribbean, …
DEEP VOTE: Well, I hope you can use those frequent flyer miles for a nice fishing trip.
JOHNNY: I may, but I don’t think you called me here to discuss my future vacation plans.
DEEP VOTE: Not as such, but it is possible that you’ll decide to travel to follow certain leads.
DEEP VOTE: $9,000 is over six months take home pay for someone who makes $19,500 a year.
DEEP VOTE: How was The Bomber able to pay that much money for those forged documents that would supposedly blow open that imaginary scandal relating to the Trump Administration? Do you believe he used his personal funds?
JOHNNY: Probably not.
DEEP VOTE: Suppose he did. Wouldn’t that raise some interesting questions?
JOHNNY: Uh, huh.
DEEP VOTE: Suppose he didn’t. Wouldn’t THAT raise some interesting questions?
JOHNNY: Oh, yeah.
DEEP VOTE: Follow the money, Mr. Atsign.
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JOHNNY: It was well past 1 am by the time I got back to my place. I figured that I could sleep in just a bit. I set the alarm for 7:30.
SOUND: Alarm beeping, followed by NPR’s Morning Edition through a small speaker.
JOHNNY: (Groggy) Ugh.
SOUND: Clock radio pounded. Morning Edition quits abruptly.
JOHNNY: I stumbled through my morning routine and, after several cups of coffee, made it into my office. I began to puzzle though the leads I had been given earlier.
If the The Bomber spent his own money, it would have to have come from some other sideline business or be savings from his … um … pre-incarceration income. On the other hand, if some other person or organization were funding such expenditures, [redacted]
[redacted]: [redacted] … may be the actual connection.
JOHNNY: OK. I’ll see if I can book a ticket.
JOHNNY TWEETS: @TheBomber Tick, tock.
ANNOUNCER: Now, here’s our star to tell you about next week’s intriguing episode of our story.
JOHNNY: Next week? Be sure to count your change. Join us, won’t you.
Yours Truly, Johnny Atsign!
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ANNOUNCER: Yours Truly, Johnny Atsign, starring W. J. J. Hoge, is transcribed in Westminster. Be sure to join us next Monday, same time and URL, for the next exciting episode of Yours Truly, Johnny Atsign.
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