Short stories - Reluctant blackmailers

Scattered and splattered across many colonies were so many typical characters that would highlight the stereotype for even the most uninclined of observers is the first remark that I would have made about the city had somebody asked me.

Almost as if some over-enterprising, over-intelligent busybody wanted to catch the attention by making people form an opinion like the 'unmade-remark' aforementioned. Like also when the regards become oh-so-thoughtful. Like when the cat becomes so engrossed with itself that it does not know a human from another cat! Like Lady Macbeth had to be for failing which, Macbeth would not have been! Like tormentors have to be for, failing which, the tormented would not be.

In this curious tale of cause, consequence intertwined in a faked sequence of reality, I must not forget the role that the modern press (or the media, as we know it), plays on the minds of the milieu by frequently drawing parallels, by enthusing superficial snobs to dismiss simplicity with success of the rhetoric and stereotypes, which, naturally, helps create smoke screens and therefore, is more than the ideal suitor for the corrupt!

In a nutshell, contrived and faked, when circumstances, policing and politicking become, opportunist blackmailers had to be - almost a law of nature - and in the same sense, if there are blackmailers then the blackmailed cannot be far behind, can they? But, here is the twist - the blackmailers and the blackmailed are as far apart as two poles - they never know each other, they never transact between each other!

The reluctant blackmailers don't blackmail directly nor do they use blackmail as their only source of income; they have a front of decent working class, a family, a house and even normal bank accounts but what they don't have is conscience and empathy for others and more importantly, they are arrogant in their ability to 'enable' blackmail, easy money and their ability to create smoke screens at will and deflect opinions to sway with a swish of their wand - so callous are they about lives because they don't kill people they know or with motive - they use the chaos and the senselessness of a motiveless murder or act of crime and let it float around for some parallel to be drawn and then their ingenuity to masquerade lies and deceit as truth and reality begins!

And, if you don't have money and they have already passed the judgment that you must be blackmailed because they think you are guilty of some crime as per one of their members (son, family, neighbor, playboy) then they enable you to inherit from the murder of a rich man or woman as far off in relation as nothing!

Typical behavior of the mastermind behind the whole nexus is not the mastermind but clever, character analysts who can manipulate one to act as per their needling or manipulate another through one's needling.

Be assured that their intentions and motives would always be clean because the law will not believe that somebody can be hoodwinked through psychology or character manipulation to commit a crime! But it is not just psychology or personality traits that move the gang forward but the general air of public opinion, which is built up to the necessary threshold before an act of crime or deceit is committed.

A stereotype, mob mentality types would be required to accomplish the goals of this nexus and this is provided in the form of youth and all that is required to set up the youth is a 'leader' who can influence them and it is the 'leader' that works on the beck and call of the manipulators! Stereotypism, for example, ranges to a keyword - 'paying guests are supposed to be like this or that' - and manipulated as 'I only took off my trousers and roamed around naked or in undies' to respond to an objection to the indecency and which is further used as the excuse to take care of all objections!

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