“Did you hear that Very Good Corporation and Excellent Corporation merged yesterday, Alexandria?” asked Patricia, one of the 12,500 receptionists at Very Good Corporation. “This is some amazing news!”
Alex, a fellow employee of Very Good, looked left across the mag-train aisle at a smiling Patricia, who eagerly nodded her head in enthusiasm. The windows on their flanks flashed bright hues and 5-D swirls, their advertisements choking out any blank space in their peripheral vision. Alex sighed and took a puff of her Medicine.
“Yes, yes. I was one of the first few million to hear it. Got the Speedy Alert after I had just woken up. So did you hear about it?” again questioned Patricia, desperate for an answer.
It didn’t interest Alex one bit, but she played along anyway, not wishing to upset her coworker and get into an even longer conversation. “Yes, I got a Quick Alert about it yesterday too.”
“Oh!” cried out Patty, “You must upgrade to the Speedy Alert! Here I will refer you right now. Ten percent off!”
Patty looked in Alex’s direction and scrunched her forehead, thinking the command into her communicator. Alex winced her eye upon receiving it and immediately filed it off into her personal trash bin, disregarding the fee necessary to do so.
“Thanks, Patty, I will be sure to upgrade.”
“Oh, no, thank you! I get a free muffin at the Food Shoppe for everyone I refer. A chocolate muffin, Very Big size!”
Patty’s excitement was overwhelming. Her head shook and shook in excitement and she kept smiling at Alex. She also, quite nonchalantly, had pulled out a napkin from her knapsack and worked to wipe her chin for, to Alex’s disgust, she had begun uncontrollably salivating at the mere thought of her reward. Alex took another puff of her Medicine and cast her eyes to the window, letting the 5-D take hold of her senses for the remainder of her morning commute.