Some men lie because it is what they do for a living others lie for the fun of it but most people lie by force of habit.
Charles was a very good liar it had started by accident when he was a young man he found that if you wanted to be believed you needed to add a grain of truth to the lie you were telling. No matter how large the lie the more believable it was if you added a grain of truth thus he had set out by accident on a career of lying. The first big lie he told was to get a fellow worker at the fast food joint where he worked fired because of the lie Charles told he was promoted to manager. After this lying became easier it was a means to an end. He soon became board with he job as manager so he decided to look for a new job to do this he became very creative with his C.V. he knew that every body did this and it was accepted to a point. It was very successful and he soon landed himself a good job lying now came easy to him and he progressed well in his chosen profession after all as a lawyer you were expected to lie a little. He coincided joining one of those clubs that admitted to lying and telling big ones after some thought he decided against it because he figured that a good liar never admits that he is lying.
Over the years he had moved up in the world and had gained quite a name for himself in the business world. So when he decided to go into politics it was accepted that there would be a number of campaign promises made which would not be kept. However Charles took this deception to a new low and never kept any of the promises he made when elected to the house of senators. He continued to lie and continued to believe even in the face of evidence that he had not kept his election promises.
When interviewed on television he would laugh and say he was busy doing what he had set out to do and the electorate needed to be a little more patent for as matters were at a delicate stage. One person who had fallen under his spell was Jane she had married him a few years after he had left collage and had found him so spellbinding. She hung on every word he said in the early years she believed him whole heatedly he was not a bad husband he was a good provider. They lived in a good neighborhood Charles had made sure of that as soon as he had earned enough money from a big case in the early days of there marriage he had bought the land and had the house build to suit there needs. But she realized that there was some thing about him despite his charm and his way with words she knew deep down that he was not all he claimed to be.
What was worrying to her was the fact that the children had also inherited there fathers way with words and always won over their contemporaries, with there quick charm and wit. Midway through the four year term of office Jane began to notice a change in Charles he was more reserved and it looked like he had some thing on his mind some thing of importance but as yet he had not told her what was troubling him. As was there custom she did not ask and he did not volunteer any information so it appeared that they were drifting apart.
About a year before the new elections were to be held Charles came home early one day and asked her to prepare some tea and join him in the study. One the tea had been made and Jane had carried it to the study Charles said there is some thing serious I would like to speak to you about. She poured the tea and took a seat on the sofa. I am ready Charles please continue she said dreading the moment half expecting him to say he wanted a divorce.
I need you to be prepared for this and I want you to know that I will need your help more then ever because this will be the biggest thing that we have ever undertaken. I want to run for president and to do this I will need your support and now more then ever I will need you to take an active part in my political career.
Jane at first did not know what to say to this she felt like laughing with relief no divorce she thought just some political jerry-mandering. Jane said really Charles I dont know what you expect from me do you want me to play the faithful wife and attend the political meeting with you? Exactly said Charles there is more to it then just attending political meetings I need you to play an active part I also need you not to say or do any thing that might be ..and here he hesitated before saying politically embarrassing.
Alright Charles I can do that is there any particular political view-point you wish me to take or do you leave that to my own discretion she asked with a sad smile on her lips. No you know my political view I dont need to preach to you he said crossly, but I dont said Jane. You have no believable policy your only policy it seems to me is to be the good guy get by with out ruffling to many feathers and I dont know how you plan to pull this off. To be honest Charles you have never kept even one of your original campaign promises.
What do you want me to do? He said shaking his head in amazement never having expected her to be so blatant about his failures. You could try been honest with yourself she said I dont know if you even know how to do that Charles you have been telling lies for so long I doubt if you know what the truth is she said. Charles coincided this last statement for a while and then said are you so sure that I have not been doing this on purpose he asked? No Charles I think you started to lie and it got away from you now the only thing you know how to do is lie and lie well. She said.
He looked at her surprised she continued you need to start keeping some of your promises otherwise you are going to lose this election and it is to soon to run for president. You have only served one term and no one backs a horse that has not proved himself you are a rank outsider she ended.
Charles considered this and found that what she had said did sound like the truth surprising when you are faced with the truth how you tend to shy away from it he thought. After some moments he said I think you have a valid point and I intend to follow your advice he said.
Really Charles? I wonder she thought.
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