Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Not Crazy


At the heart of much speculative fiction (and fiction in general) is a question. What if? On Tuesdays I like to throw one out there and see what you make of it. Do with it as you please. If a for-instance is not specified, feel free to interpret that instance as you wish. And if you find this becomes a novel-length answer, I'd appreciate a thank you in the acknowledgements ;)

Suppose that someone close to you (a sibling, a good friend, a significant other...) has just been committed to the hospital for mental problems. "They" say it's because they're saying crazy things. You go to visit your friend (or sibling or...), and their "ravings" don't sound so unsound to you...

What if you believed your friend was locked up not for being crazy but for knowing too much of something? (That something can be something sci fi, like the aliens are coming, to something mundane, like the leader of the family is stealing millions.) What would you do?

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  1. Break my friend out and go into hiding till we get to the bottom of it all! lol

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  2. I'd hire a lawyer to get the paperwork changed so my friend could be released. Then I'd hire a detective to figure out what was going on.

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  3. I'd work to get them out and get an investigation started. If it were aliens, I'd try to contact MIB.
    Barbara from Caneyhead.

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  4. Do my best to uncover the truth so my friend could be released.

    betty

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  5. Sadly, this happened to a family member some decades ago--accusations of sexual abuse against a male family member landed her in the loony bin (welcome to Ireland!!). No one did anything about it. I hope that if something like that happened again, I would not sit back and do nothing.

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    1. Eeek! When I ask these questions, I don't expect that they've actually happened to someone...

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  6. I would break them out if the regular legal ways didn't work. I would also find factual truth to help my loved get out from the loony bin.

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  7. Find them a crazy lawyer..
    Coffee is on

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  8. I would find my friend a good lawyer and also hire a good detective with the nonexistent fortune I have. Maybe I can call a mystery author and find out what to do. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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    1. Since this is completely fictional, we can suppose that fictional you has this fortune ;)

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  9. I'd wonder how she found this something out.

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  10. Number 1. I would never report matters to authorities, government or police. (Not in the beginning anyway).

    Number 2. I would contact my old and trusted female friends (who know I am in good sanity), meet with them and get them organized as a "sub rosa" group .......brainstorm ideas on the best way of getting the victim to
    freedom and carry it out.

    Number 3. Then each member of our secret group will volunteer to investigage a segment of the activity that put the victim here, in the first place.

    You'd be surprised what a group of old ladies can accomplish. They love sleuthing. We're like bloodhounds when we get on a case. hahahahaha
    We've done this before.

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    1. This is a novel. "Crazy" friend. Group of "old" ladies investigating (and not being taken seriously). Wow. The possibilities are endless.

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  11. Jail break! Yeah, I'd totally find a way, and if necessary, relocate.

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