Page 173, Line 4

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“…moment, he had prepared words and phrases, but they had all…”

Michael Ende, The Neverending Story

People had said the revolution was coming long before it actually happened. Richard was a child when the tides turned, and a young man by the time the revolution began – at least the date future history textbooks would report. Richard’s name would be next to the date as the mastermind of the revolution. Though the truth was, he was simply in the right place at the right time – or wrong place and wrong time depending on who was asked.

Richard was a student at the state University when Frederick Alread arrived to speak – to rally the students for his cause. Richard’s friends bought their spiel hook, line, and sinker, but he didn’t. They grouped around Frederick’s podium and cheered as he took the stage. Every word out of his mouth was a lie – well, partial lie, depending on how one looked at it.

After thirty minutes, Richard had heard all he needed to do be convinced Frederick was talking out of his ass. He scoffed and began to leave.

“Young man,” Frederick said, stopping his speech. “What’s the matter? You don’t like hearing the truth?”

Laughter filled the room, but Richard didn’t care. He was used to being laughed at. He glared at Frederick and laughed. “No, I just know a bullshitter when I hear one.”

Gasps and snickers erupted from the crowd. Frederick sneered. “Well then, how about you come up here and enlighten us.”

As soon as Richard took the stage, he knew his life was going to change. He didn’t know how or why, but he suddenly felt different. Richard spoke for more than four hours outlining the fallacies in Frederick’s argument and created a new pathway for change.

Oh, Frederick had the name, clout, and national support, but at that moment, he had prepared words and phrases, but they had all failed him. The revolution came from the heart, mind, and soul of one born to lead the revolt that would save humanity. History books would look back at that chance meeting as the spark that ignited an entire population.