40. The FBI or the Elephants?

I sit outside KH guesthouse.
Out my nut.
The usual trio of moto taxi drivers across the street.
Everything I say is heard by everyone on the street.
At least its heard by the guesthouse owner next door.
For some reason he reminds me of Gene Wilder in The Producers.
It’s dark.
Early morning.
3 nights no sleep.
I test the theory that everyone can hear me.
I’m sitting outside on the red plastic chairs that stretch from the sidewalk to the entrance.
There are about ten in a row.
Guesthouses.
Opposite the row is the police depot.
I sit, high –
(or bek in Khmer – pronounced bike)
– and staring down the dark empty street.
Every now and then a tuk tuk appears, bringing girls back from the bars and clubs.
Not many expats here.
Mostly Khmer.
Only the hard core, long-term expats come here.
Only those who have lived in Phnom Penh long enough…
Who have sunken so deep in the crystal meth swamp…
On the surface, this street is a row of guesthouses.
Below the surface, it is the centre of the underworld, a place to come and smoke, to bring girls, where substances and sex workers are offered with room service.
In the entrance, two pristine, glowing white, brand new SUVs take up the space.
I think everyone can hear me.
I test it.
Who’s this ? I whisper under my breath.
Sure enough, Gene Wilder, who should be out of earshot, turns and looks in the direction I’m looking.
Seeing no one, he looks back at me.
I am being listened to.
They can hear what I’m saying.
It has to be this lump behind me ear.
An implant.
Subcutaneous.
State-of-the-art.
Everything I do and say is being listened to.
But who is listening?
And why?
There are only 3 possibles:
1. The CIA / FBI / Police.
2. Hollywood.
3. The Elephants.
Which one it is, I’ve no idea.
Possibly all 3?
Is it real?
Or is it …
Crystal Meth Psychosis ?

Author: Mark Dark

Actor Teacher Writer Breaking Bad for Christ – a Novel. Actor turned Christian missionary turns his back on his Hollywood dreams to combat sex trafficking in Cambodia – and finds himself deep underground in a dangerous world of drugs, gangs and violence. Based on a true story. https://steveedwardsthoughts.wordpress.com/

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