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on the lies we told

It was a gag gift. By no means was it accurate. In fact the box tells you in clear, fine print that this lie detector was not meant to be used in criminal investigations nor should its findings be entered into evidence in criminal proceedings. But it was a fun little toy you saw in a YouTube video. You bought one because you thought it would be good for a laugh. You gave it to me because you said I was the one person you knew who most desperately needed to laugh. One fateful night, between bottles of cheap red you decided we should try it out.

“If you have nothing to hide, this should be easy,” you say, between forced chuckles. “So you put your hand here then we lock it in place. I have to ask you a question and if you lie, well… you know the next part.”

There was a lump in my throat. There was too much truth and not enough courage for me to say what I needed to say.

“C’mon, big boy. What are you so afraid of?”

“Um… electrocution?” I stall.

“Well, if you tell the truth you wouldn’t ha…

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