First published on The Linnet’s Wings, here.

The government has always been filled with positions that required precision, and according to the department manuals covering the performance and duties of official bookkeepers, he was considered a paragon of exactitude in his field. He, in this case, was one Bartholomew Thacker, Bookkeeper V, General Services Administration, United States Government, Midwest Division, Kansas City, Missouri, office.  And though Bartholomew Thacker worked alone, slept alone, and dined alone, it would have been less than fair to say he lived a life of complete solitude. According to the regulations, his work demanded occasional interaction with others….  Click here to read the rest.