A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 270, Thursday
September 27th, 2018
Chapter Four: File Clerk
Everyone serving in the bureaucracy underwent periodic reviews. Merits and demerits flowed from there, along with bonuses and penalties, raises and promotions.
Without fail, in his yearly review, he was raised up, given more responsibility, more accountability, and more freedom.
He relished it.
He had no thought of using those things for his benefit in society, he only desired the accolades, the recognition of his achievements.
He took pride in his accomplishments. He used the resources he acquired to make a difference in the lives of his neighbors. He let his advantages flow from himself to others, keeping very little for himself.
The small steps he had taken away from the street made a vast difference in his lifestyle. He had access to new foods, fresh foods, liquor.
The work he put into advancing his place in the world began to take the shape of altruism. His success mattered to himself and those who lived in closest proximity to him.
He continued to look beyond his station, toward a life of ease and comfort.
He was offered the hand of dozens of girls in marriage, girls from families he had helped, who wanted to tie their fate to his.
He had already watched the only woman he had ever loved be tortured to death, and he did not want to love any other.
He did not accept their offers, but he was often tempted to take advantage of his status, to fall into the delights of the flesh.
He exercised those proclivities with women were professionals in that trade.
He forewent the offers of romantic entanglement that came to him from the women in his work place, or his tenement, preferring to keep his eyes focused on the next opportunity for advancement.
#Emergence #SuperShortFiction #365SciFi #OnePagePerDay
Like it, Follow it, Share it!