1. As many lies do, it began an inconsequential matter.
  2. A missed meeting, a lie about "family issues" as an explanation, unexpected unrelenting concern from superiors.
  3. The lie grew, drew foul breath, and, over time, infected the liar's existence.
  4. Twenty years later, the lie still lived; the liar still suffered ...
  5. But, as of this day, no longer.