So this is the 4th part of Uniform! The next few instalments will discuss class prejudice in this story. Without further ado, here it is!
Plastering a smile on his face Matthew welcomed the man who introduced himself as Altair Mulder, and ushered the secretary out of the room. As Altair took the seat in front of Matthew, he quickly glanced around the room with a guarded look, as if looking for threats. The short silence was soon broken by Matthew.
“Hello Mr. Mulder, my name is Matthew. Now, what is it that you hope to get out of our meeting today?”
“Good morning Matthew, I was hoping to get a job. Anything is fine so long as the salary lets me provide for my family, and please, call me Altair.”
Matthew was taken aback by the man’s reply and how different he was from most advertised 1-stars. Not only was his speech not broken, but his intentions were clear and thought out, unlike the rash decisions 1-stars were always shown to make.
“Forgive me for asking this Mr. Altair but where were you educated? I only ask as I’ve never known for someone with only 1 star to be as educated as you.”
“It’s alright Matthew, I went to Oakwood Academy before attending Stur University,” he replied with a slight grin.
Matthew was even more surprised by this than by Altair’s evident intellect. Oakwood academy was famously reserved for the children of 4 and 5-star citizens, and only the brightest children of 3-stars were enrolled in special cases. Even this wasn’t as impressive as going to Stur University though. Stur was the best and most selective university in the country. Only the brightest were given the chance to apply, and only a handful of them got in. It was almost an unwritten rule that Stur graduates rose to have 5 stars. If this was all true Matthew wondered, then why did Altair only have 1 star now? He was brought out of his thoughts by Altair’s chuckling.
“Impressive is it not? I could have had 5 stars by now, but I could never have worked for such a tyrannical government. Nor support the parasitic society on which it thrives.”
And that’s the end of this section! Hope you enjoyed part 4 and return tomorrow for part 5. Tomorrow more of the parasitic society Altair mentions will be discussed and Matthew learns some dark secrets the government has kept hidden!