Not Hypocrites - A Drabble
Talk shows and television interviews were becoming one of their least favorite things to do. Especially lately when people were more skeptical and quicker to toss names and accusations around than to actually listen to anything that was said to them. Amityville had been a crushing blow to their reputation and they were still reeling from the backlash. Despite sticking to their story, it had been ‘proven’ to all be a hoax and that sent them spiraling into the realm of liars and frauds. A hole that was extremely hard to climb out of. Especially on live tv.
Ed handled these relentlessly questioning people a lot less gracefully than she did, and Lorraine hated to see him allowing it all to upset him so often. People were going to believe what they wanted to believe, no matter what they said or did. All they could do was continue to try.
This was something she told him time and time again and he agreed with each time, apologizing for letting such things get to him. But, he hated it when her own abilities and morals came into question and couldn’t stop himself from leaping to her defense, whether it was called for or not, whether it made things worse or not. He was her eternal white knight, even when she didn’t think she necessarily needed one. It was comforting in a way, knowing that he was and always would be there for her, to protect her and take care of her and that, even after all these years, he still felt the way about her that she felt about him.
“Are you absolutely sure you want to do this?” He was questioning their decision in agreeing to this interview as he had been since it had been given. “I know it’s kind of take what we can get at the moment, but this…are you sure?” He turned to look at her, hands up and absently attempting to fix his tie as he waited for her answer. His own opinion was already well and frequently known, so he just hoped to garner her agreement before there was truly no backing out.
Shaking her head and trying not to smile, Lorraine stepped forward. Batting Ed’s hands away, she reached up to fix the tie for him as she answered his question. “Absolutely? No. Are we doing it? Yes.” She didn’t have to look up into his eyes to see the expected displeasure at her answer there. “Backing out now would only hurt us in the end.” She continued, patting his chest and stepping back.
The expected frown met her look and he tilted his head slightly, questioningly. “How do you figure?” More often than not, he could follow her thoughts as well, or sometimes even better, than she could, but this time she had thrown him and hopefully distracted him from his misgivings. At least for the moment.
“Well, our illustrious hostess and interviewer is known for playing hard and fast. For asking tough questions and doing whatever she has to go get a story, right?” Lorraine asked, leading him down the path her thoughts had taken. They were doing it anyway, but it wouldn’t hurt to give him a legitimate reason at this point. He was going to go grudgingly either way, but maybe she could lessen that just a little.
“Right.” He still didn’t know where she was going, but he was listening. She offered a nod before continuing. “How would it look if we ran from that?” She got right to the point. “Assumptions in such cases will always be that we have something to hide. That we can’t stand up to such frank and unapologetic questions. That we’re only capable of p**sy footing around and parroting the same things over and over. That we’re weak and fake.” She met his eyes one more time. “Strong and legitimate people have nothing to hide and therefore they meet the hard things head on. Just as we’ve always done.”
Ed opened his mouth, but couldn’t seem to come up with a counter point, so he closed it and shook his head, a smile lifting the corners of his lips even before he finally spoke. “Okay, okay. You’re not wrong.” He had to concede her points, unable to argue with her for long, as always. “But, this woman?” The smile turned slightly skeptical. “She’s not exactly the most accurate and trustworthy source for news. We’re supposed to be trying to boost understanding and knowledge in what we do and why. In what’s out there beyond the every day. Do we really want someone else dragging our names through the dirt?”
The look Lorraine gave him was slightly reproachful. Not one she often directed at him. “Have you actually talked to the woman, or are you assuming based on other peoples’ opinions that that is how she really is? Are you really stepping into the mindset of those we ourselves are trying to overcome without getting both sides of the story, without forming your own opinion based on facts?” She didn’t put her hands on her hips, but she might as well have from the way her tone shifted into disapproval of that idea.
Ed blinked, speechless for a moment. “Touché.” He finally murmured. “I haven’t talked to her myself. I have seen some of her news stories and her writing. But, I haven’t personally dealt with the woman beyond receiving the request for this interview.” He sighed. “Which means we’re going to give her a chance because we aren’t hypocrites and we would like to expect the same from others.” He shook his head. “Why do you always have to be so right?”
Lorraine smiled. “Not always, but this time.” She replied easily, reaching out to straighten his tie one more time. “It can’t go worse than some of the other interviews we’ve done.” The smile shifted into a smirk that tried to be more amused than it really was. “And who knows? Maybe this time will be better.”
“One can only hope.” Ed murmured as he kissed her cheek and then moved to stand beside her to wait for their introduction that would lead to this tv news interview that would hopefully go better than the several before it.
Lorraine Rita WarrenClairvoyant Protector
"Maybe this time will be better.."