“He’s guilty!” “Arrest him!” Everyone knew who was responsible.
The authorities called for calm. They would need ironclad facts to convict. “We need an investigating committee.”
The committee spoke with hundreds of witnesses and gathered thousands of documents and digital records. The days and months wore on, evidence piled up. Nothing seemed enough. They needed the “silver bullet,” the one pointing at Mr. Big.
Would they be able to extract it before it was too late? Time was running out. People were losing confidence in the people assigned to the task.
Will justice prevail? “Time will tell,” they say.
This 99-word story was written in response to Carrot Ranch word EXTRACTION for May 2, 2022.