For this one: You must convince a mad scientist to come forward with their invisibility potion.
UNSEEN (any gender, mid teens through early forties)
Dr. Maxton, we can help them. I can help them. The police have everything they need. I've been trailing them, sneaking into their meetings. They're so close. They just need the scene of the kidnapping.
But if I tell them that... Dr. Maxton, if I tell them where the kidnapping took place and, and, and, I DON'T somehow show them my powers... they're going to think I was in on it. It's gonna be:
"Well, you'll get a lighter sentence than if you DIDN'T tell us. But you're an ex of the perpetrator, aren't ya? And the scene of this crime... you must have participated right? Nowhere to hide, so either you participated or you were killed."
And I'm not killed. That's for sure. But I didn't participate, that's for sure. I have this power you gave me. That's for sure. And I need to explain that, ya know, to SHOW them what I can do. Maybe show them over and over again until they get it... but they'll believe, after a while. They'll get it. And then, it's like:
"So you were following your ex. You were jealous. And your ex never saw you. You caught your ex in a kidnapping. But you weren't involved because your ex never saw you. So you're just a witness coming forth."
I guess that sounds weird, if they say it like that. But Dr. Maxton: Isn't this whole thing weird?
Copyright 2016 by Matt Haynes.
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