“Do you, also, think this is a good party?” Maude asked Logarithm.
Logarithm shook her head. “I actually don’t care whether this is a good party or not. I only raised my right hand because I realized that CLAUDE AND FRAUD were finally able to DO SOMETHING!”
“What?” said Claude.
“Cool,” said Fraud.
“Please explain,” said Maude.
“There was no DRAMA when this party started,” explained Logarithm. “It was BORING — people just SITTING and TALKING
about NOTHING IMPORTANT. But when SHELLEY said she did NOT think it was a GOOD PARTY, we HAD . . .” Logarithm looked invitingly around the room.
Jeff’s roommate said “Suspense!”
Jeff, the sister of Jeff’s roommate, said “Controversy!”
The Other said “Tension!”
“Exactly!” exclaimed Logarithm. “And Maude’S BRILLIANT solution to the PROBLEM gave the proper ENDING to this little DRAMA!”
“But if I came up with the solution,” protested Maude, “what makes you say that Claude and Fraud have finally done something?”
“Because,” explained Logarithm, “if Claude and Fraud had not tried to PARTICIPATE in your spontaneous creation of the mind earlier this week, you would not have told The Other that you had met them. And if Claude and Fraud had not GONE with you to the coffee shop, you would not have told them they were going to host this party. And if Claude and Fraud did not LIVE in this apartment, there would have been no place for this party to HAPPEN!”
“You could have had the party somewhere else,” said Fraud.
“Be quiet!” hissed Claude.
“Ah, but the party would not have been the same if it were somewhere else,” explained Maude. “We may not have had the same people at this party if it were somewhere else. Which means we may not have had the drama that we experienced, tonight, in your apartment.”
“Face it,” said Logarithm, turning to Claude and Fraud with a smile. “Because of who you are and the choices you have made — tonight, you were finally able to DO SOMETHING!”
“Hooray!” everyone shouted at exactly the same time. Then they celebrated Claude and Fraud doing something by dancing again, and at the end of the night they all agreed that it was a good party, even though nobody could tell Shelley who would win the election.