Krator in Jail (#3)

Adamine Krator saw events differently from his jail cell. He was no longer respected. No one came to him for advice. Now, Krator was denigrated, frowned upon and suspected of heinous crimes.  The once powerful and admired Inspector was now simply viewed as a common criminal — worse, he was a suspected murderer.  He was no longer concerned with painting.  Life (undercover) as an artist in order to solve the initial crime no longer made sense.  He never considered how much the role would become reality — or how much he would enjoy learning to create art.  The jail cell completely changed his perspective. Now, he had more time to focus and consider the bare facts.   Adamine had the time to let the pieces of the puzzle fall into place to reveal the pattern and etiology of the initial crime. The process of criminal analysis pleased the erstwhile detective, but he still had to cope with being a prisoner — he had to cope with the recriminations and hostile looks — he had to deal with the “virtuality” of the situation:  prison was computerized.   While his body was sequestered in a bio-container or cocoon, his mind was locked in a virtual jail cell.  It felt real.  Adamine was aware of the situation — it was explained to him at the time of his arrest.  As an Inspector he was still privy to certain “behind the scenes” information that greased the wheels of modern justice.  He knew he might be in virtual hell for a very long time.  He was scheduled to be a guest on the Police Kebab Reality Show, broadcast over the Internet.  The show often served as Judge and Jury.  People who tuned in could vote on the guilt or innocence of the guest prisoner.   It was an efficient system bolstered by the number of “hits” the program received adding to the entertainment value of the legal system.  “Kebab” was not the only show broadcast from prison.  Each jail cell was a separate channel where the incarcerated individual became the center of attention: his-or-her own life exposed or sometimes thrown into a completely different drama that related (however obliquely) to the individual’s unfortunate circumstances.  Not everyone knew what was happening and that added to the total entertainment value of the production. Adamine Krator knew exactly what was happening (or so he thought) … he had to come up with a plan … he had to solve the crime before appearing on the Police Kebab Reality Show.

Zeitgeist

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