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The celebrated mystic Argente De La Muy Latte stepped up to the podium and tapped the mike before clearing his throat loudly. It whined loudly in protest.

"Ladies and gentlemen," he began slowly. "I thank you for coming here today, to my beautiful city of AndalucĂ­a."

He took a sip from a bottle of water and cleared his throat a second time.

"You - and I for that matter - are here because of a matter of great importance."

He stopped again, and looked around at the crowd. We waited silently.

"Yes. Great importance. Of such importance that to miss it is to miss life. It is the great question, that of meaning, the big 'why'. That which for millennia has remained a mystery, an unanswered question that has led to great schisms in humanity, as we have huddled in hostile armies around our distorted glimpses of the Truth. But no more!"

"No!" he thundered. "Today the Truth will be revealed with such blinding, undeniable clarity that there will be no more discussion, no more debate. It will be seen, and there will be common understanding, and sublime joy."

He paused again, and cast his eyes over the mass of over ten thousand people standing in Confita Square. Then he turned and walked toward a large, shrouded object that stood beside him. He took hold of the cloth and with matadorian flair pulled it away in one swift movement. He turned triumphantly to face it.


Jill turned to me. "What is it?"

"Dunno, looks like some sort of mannequin."

"Mannequin? What are you talking about? It's some sort of plant."

I turned to see if she was joking, but she wasn't. "Are you sure?"

"Of course, silly. What else could it be?"

"It looked like a mannequin to me."

She glared. "I knew I shouldn't have brought you. You never understand."

She stormed off angrily, and I followed. I noticed as we left that others had started arguing too, some even fighting, while on the stage Argente Dela Muy Latte stood watching in dismay, sipping his water. 

The mannequin turned to him and shrugged.
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