Violet and Kurt are granted the prestigious 'Silver Solve' for their work on saving the Cube. That's all right then.
By GARIMA KING
The City Council today announced it would be awarding Violet Kiteway and Kurt McAllister with the rare Perplex City Silver Solve for their roles in preventing the militant terrorist group, the Third Power, from acquiring the Receda Cube. Council Leader Nathan Earlywine gave prepared remarks at the announcement, saying, "It is rare for one individual to contribute so much to the greater safety and well-being of the entire populace of Perplex City. ... We have long known the Cube is a potential danger, and it is only through the work of Miss Kiteway and Mr. McAllister that the Cube has remained out of the hands of a deadly and malicious group." The Council reached its decision after hearing the report of a special committee formed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the Cube's disappearance and subsequent recovery.
Though the City Council had to officially agree unanimously to award the Silver Solve, insiders in the Office of the Council have said that the decision was reached only after an acrimonious dispute as to its propriety. "The move only passed because Nathan and [Council Member] Camryn [Scott] agreed on it, and pushed the others into it. In particular, [Council Members] Armand [Levi] and Gisele [Karmin] were both convinced that the two should be brought up on charges of theft and obstruction of justice, and put in jail until the stars burn out. ... In the end they followed ranks for political reasons, but I assure you they aren't the only ones who feel this way." The source suggested that the current administration's handling of all of the recent related events may prove to be divisive in the next election cycle.
Earlywine refused to speak on the matter behind his prepared comments, but Scott admitted that the Council and the city are not completely united in gratitude. "There are some who think that they should have come forward three years ago," she said. "But if they had done so, the Third Power would still be a potential threat to the city today. These two have worked tirelessly, and at great personal cost, to protect the Cube and Perplex City, and deserve our deepest thanks and gratitude."
Kiteway's and McAllister's story has captured the public imagination, so data networks were buzzing with approval of the award. Nonetheless, mirroring the City Council, a small but vehement segment of the population is bitterly opposed. "This is just theatre and politics, not justice," said Bill Rhampion, a judicial anthropologist.
The Silver Solve has only been bestowed four times in the last century, and is typically awarded posthumously. Most recently, it was awarded to Gemara Welter after she was killed while foiling a plot to assassinate the entire City Council and a number of other major governmental figures during the Council's annual regional mayoral summit.
The ceremony to award the pair will be held on the afternoon of February 24 in Key Square.