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Crow Flash Revisited: The Lie Detector Test, by Mark Tulin

“If you lie,” the tester said, “it will show up on the polygraph.”

Lyle was asked questions in rapid succession, including the final one, “Were there any laws that you have broken?”

“I honestly can’t think of any,” Lyle said. “No.”

The machine made a loud beeping noise with the needle moving wildly.

After the final question, the tester walked Lyle to the door and said, “You’ll get the results in the mail. You can appeal, but you’d be wasting your time.”

Shortly after, Lyle remembered that he once sampled a hard candy from a supermarket without paying.

First published at Friday Flash Fiction.

Author, poet, short story writer from Santa Barbara, California. I write about a variety of topics, from my early childhood in Philadelphia, to my years as a family therapist, and finally to my soul-searching present in California. These are narratives that may have a humorous or serious content or both. Either way, I hope my poetry and stories resonate with you.

5 comments on “Crow Flash Revisited: The Lie Detector Test, by Mark Tulin

  1. An ending in the best tradition of O. Henry!

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