Long meeting with long beards

Friday, meant to be a day off. But at 4.00 I was summoned to the Governors office. Some fighting, some conflict. About 20 old men had come from Pashtunkot, a nearby district to complain about a notorious commander who had apparently sent men there, to harass and harangue. Some RPGs were fired, one man shot after doing his prayers. As usual there were 10 different versions of the truth, but most apparent and forcefully so was the utter stench of 20 old mens bare feet in the meeting room. Fortunately I was at the right hand of the Governor, a senior position, so the stench, heavy as it was, crawled towards me slowly, dissappating as it came. Those further down the room sat with eyes bulging and teeth and buttocks clenched.
We got out of there at 7.45pm, in time for me to walk home in the darkening night.


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