Heisenberg Uncertain-tea

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“This is it, our big break in the case,” thought Clive as he watched his partner drag the rebellious looking man into the little room they’d designated for interrogations.

“This would be where the whole mess which, had taken place at Boston Harbor a week earlier would be brought to justice and where he and Tom would earn that large sum of money from their contacts over at East India- Ah yes,” He thought, “The hard part’s over, now all we have to do is make this hot-head talk.”

He presumed this would be an easy job for him and his partner; both experienced in the field, inspectors for over 20 years in England, the obvious choices for this kind of job here in the Colonies. Little did he know that Daniel Everberg, the man currently being tied to a chair, was no ordinary subject when it came to questions.

“Here is how this is going to go,” began Thomas. “My partner Inspector Birtchwhistle and I will ask you a few questions about the occurrences that happened at the harbor the other night, you will tell us all we want to know, and then if you’re lucky we’ll let you run back to whatever patriot hovel your colleagues are holed up in. No funny business.”

Clive found Thomas’ strong statements reassuring, but was instantly disconcerted by the almost gleeful smirk that appeared on the captives’ face. “I beg your pardon, sir. But I’m afraid that won’t work.”

The inspectors exchanged glances. Clive leaned towards the man and said gruffly, “What do you mean it’s not going to ‘work’? I don’t think you’re quite aware of the situation, Mr. Everberg.” But the young man remained unfazed. Now they’d heard rumors of problematic behavior surrounding Mr. Everberg; tales about how four or five inspectors had questioned him, each failing to gain sufficient information, but they’d always assumed this was due to flaws in technique, errors on the part of the questioner…

However, as they gazed at the calmly smiling man in front of them, they weren’t so sure. Thomas broke the silence that followed his partner’s statement with a simple question. “Do you know the name and location of the chaps who wrecked the tea in Boston harbor?”

Daniel answered, “Now there’s a complicated question.”

Clive was shocked and quickly retorted, “What do you mean a complicated question!? Those are yes or no questions. I think we both know the answers here, sonny.”

Daniel chuckled as he said, “Well, that’d be something, wouldn’t it? Us both knowing the answers to your question. Well, fine. If you really want to know the answer is yes and no and no and yes or something similar to that… I wouldn’t expect you to understand.”

Clive and Thomas again exchanged glances. Thomas tried again, “So you do know the names of those involved with the incident?”

“Do I know their location?”

“For the sake of this conversation, sure.”

“That’s a no then. Definitely a no.”

"Fine. Then tell us the location and you’re free to go.”

“Ah, but it’s not that simple. You see, I’d rather like to give you the names of the perpetrators, you just need to alter the circumstances to access that information.”

“What?” Clive banged his fist on the table as Daniel continued coolly, “Actually you know what? Now I’m certain. I know their names.”

Thomas tried to remain calm as his partner fumed, “But a moment ago we asked for location. Let’s take this one step at a time. Tell us where they are. Then move on to their identities.”

“Where? Oh, I haven’t the foggiest, but I’ve got the names.”

Clive had had enough. “We’re officers of the law! If you have any information TELL US. This instant.”

“I have information. That much is true, but what I know depends on the instant you ask me. And on what else I know. It’s quite a complicated situation. I understand your frustration.” Thomas and Clive had reached the peak of their irritation. But Daniel continued, “Here let me help you out. If you choose one piece of information I’ll give you that, but otherwise I’m afraid I useless.”

Clive could not help but cry out, “We need both! The fellows over at the East India Company said they’d only pay us for name and location. Everyone said you knew this stuff!”

“Fine then,” Daniel proceeded always maintaining his casual manner, “Location’s a bust but let’s see if I can help you with those names.”

“Alright fine, give us the names then,” said Thomas failing to mask his utter incredulity. “Right, there’s Henry, James, Benjamin, Edward, Phillip—”

“BOY, DO YOU REALIZE THOSE ARE ALL FIRST NAMES YOU ARE GIVING US?!” Clive burst out; this time slamming his fist so hard he nearly bruised his hand.

“Yes naturally, but I suppose some of them could also be last names, I once had a friend named Penelope James so that one goes both way—”

“And what use would FIRST NAMES be to anyone trying to get ANY type of information about a person?”

“Well, I don’t know much about your business, but that’s all the information I’ve got about names right now. I can’t get the other part for you. It only works one step at a time, you see. If I have information about one part, I can’t get it about the other. Sort of funny isn’t it?”

“FUNNY!?!” This time both men yelled and banged their fists. Clive had successfully bruised his hand this time and Thomas was angrier than he had ever been in his entire life, his face turning reddish-purple in frustration.

“Well then,” Daniel said grinning, “It seems I’ve told you all I can. Good luck finding Henry, James, Benjamin, and all the rest!” With that he rose from the chair, apparently freed from the ropes that had held him and with a final satisfied wink he closed the door and vanished leaving two openmouthed inspectors behind.

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