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The First Law of Public Relations

by

W.R. Hammons



Alternity, an Alternate History Novel
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4/27/2XXX

Welcome to the World, Little One!

Yes, it is your father here, writing you a little letter the week after your first birthday (first at least according to the Chinese tradition). This will be the first of many letters that I'll write to you over the years - I'll keep them safe and sound and hope that you will too, safe for the day when I've passed from this world and your own Little Ones will need something to remember Grandpa by.

But I haven't passed from this world yet. In fact, I'm sitting here at a wooden desk (or at least you'd know it was wooden if one ever removed all of the paper and plastic clutter from its surface, which one never does). Yes, my daughter, I hope you grow up to have a more organized mind than your father's, which can never seem to stay nailed down in one proper exact place, immobile and permanent...

But I digress. I'm writing today to give you an idea of who your father really is, bunions and all. I'm indicating in my will that these letters are not to be read until after my death (read no more, if before), so I suppose I won't be libeling myself if I'm already dead. Ha!

But back once more. My name is Roger Keane (as you might well have guessed), and I'm currently the Director of Public Affairs for NewsWorld Magazine. Yes, "The World in a Nutshell" is our motto, and there's more than one nut in this nutshell.

Take my just-departed assistant, Jeremiah Jones, for example. That damn kid (pardon my language, dear) never did anything right. His tenure here at NewsWorld (if his year of service can be dignified with such a term) was marked by nothing but gaffes and mistakes as far as my eye could see.

And his attitude! I lectured him on his judgement and character, that kid, and he repaid me with nothing but a sullen attitude - wouldn't even say hello to me in the morning.




















































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