Something short, something a little different form Planet! Enjoy!
Witness Protection Program
“So, if I go with it, can you really guarantee my safety and my family’s?” asked Jim Daniels, his wife nodding next to him.
FBI Agent Silva took a deep breath before answering. The Daniels were the only witnesses that could win him the case against the biggest mob boss in the city. The bureau wouldn’t have any trouble authorizing their very best protection program for the family.
“I’ll personally supervise the operation,” Silva said, reassuring. “You’ll be safe.”
“We’ve got three kids, Agent. And we know the organization´s reach is quite large. I can’t testify if I’m not confident in the protection you’ll be offering.”
Agent Silva sighed. He needed to come clean or he would lose his best players.
“Mr. and Mrs. Daniels, what I’m about to tell you is highly sensitive information. You can’t divulge it. But I think it’ll give you enough confidence to do what you must.”
Hattie exchanged a look with her husband and they both listened to the Agent.
“As you know, ever since the existence of magic was discovered, the government has kept close control over it. It’s only used for very important instances, including, I can tell you, the protection of endangered state witnesses.”
“Are you able to cast protective spells on us?” asked Hattie.
“I’m afraid it’s not as subtle as that. As of now, our understanding of magic is quite limited. We can’t do anything we want. Yet, the things that we can do, are frankly quite amazing. We’re able to completely change the identities of our witnesses.”
“Come again?” Jim wasn’t expecting that.
“We can rewrite the reality of the whole family so that nobody can ever know who you were. Not even the bureau’s agents will have that information. You’ll be completely anonymous as a completely new family, in another state.”
Husband and wife didn’t answer for a few minutes.
“That’s… quite a lot to process,” said Jim at last.
“I know that. And I’m not asking for you to answer right away. Talk about it as a family. Tell me your decision tomorrow. I’ll understand either way. But you’ll realize you should do the right thing for this town. Even if that means a great personal sacrifice.”