Kathryn Chatham, Chief of Police stared in silence at the footage she was watching on the phone. After a moment the clip ended. “Can we get this up on the screen?” she said, a little more loudly than intended. Laura went to the panel and pressed a few buttons on the display computer. On one of the panels, a small video popped up. Everyone at the table leaned forward to see. Chatham’s face looked drawn as she watched it again.
The footage showed what appeared to be a party in a garden or possibly a small park – it was difficult to see as it was grainy and dark, and the video displayed vertically with thick black bars on either side of the wide screen. As they watched, they could make out a small gathering of people sat in a circle playing a game. Glitchy music played in the background interspersed with laughter.
A figure approached the circle and the video pans to show him, staggering towards them. One of the group screams, and they all stand up, backing away. The camera is very shaky at this point, but the figure is still roughly in the shot – one of the group asks if he is ok, walking towards him with his hand out – it’s now clear that the figure is injured. There is a loud noise like a car horn, and then several screams, and then the camera moves frantically around. The final frame, paused by whoever posted the video to Twitter, looked black but if you squinted two slightly different shades became apparent as a silhouette emerged. Though it was blurred as the object moved rapidly across the screen, it was a familiar shape to everyone around the table. There was a range of reactions ranging from gasps to scoffs. Somebody laughed.
“What are we looking at here?“ Asked the grim-faced man.
“Um, I think that’s pretty clear,” replied one.
“Well it’s clear what you think at least – but it’s pretty obvious to me that this is CGI,” said another. He continued, “next thing we’ll see Thor. This is just an elaborate stunt for some film coming out soon.”
“I don’t believe it either, but how do you explain what’s going on then? Beyond this video?” said another, her voice shaking slightly. True or not, this video was going to be absolutely.
“Can we contain this? Take it offline?”
“What’s to contain? No one will believe this rubbish.”
“It’s already had over ten thousand views – it’ll be everywhere soon. We can instruct Twitter to take it offline, but it’ll be all over the Internet like a rash soon, people will have made copies, we’ve got no chance. Again, we can attempt to discredit, but it’ll just seem like we’re trying to cover something up. I think,” Chatham said, swallowing, “that we’re in a Tricky Situation.”
“No kidding,” another mocked, “There are dinosaurs killing people in Peckham.”
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