Tinyman's inaugural address was the first time many Americans had ever seen him. He seemed so tiny. He followed the text as it scrolled jerkily across the teleprompter. "Freedom," he said, "defense." "Trade," he said, "poverty." He referred to the "problem of labor."
"A new era," "prosperity."
As tinyman stepped away from the platform, having given his inaugural address, Werd stepped forward, parting the curtain, and fired the gun directly at tinyman. There was a scream and a flurry of people yelling and running. Two of the men in crisp suits glanced up at the balcony where Werd dropped the gun and exited.
"tinyman's been shot," the reporter said, fingers pressed against his ear.