Hey! So we have almost reached the 10th instalment of Uniform and I am so excited! There are probably going to be about 20-25 instalments but that might change if I change the story throughout. Anyways, here’s the next part!
The 1-stars that Matthew spoke to had very different backgrounds but all had one thing in common. They had all seen 1-stars as equals rather than societal garbage unworthy of their attention, a view that Matthew had begun to adopt.
The day after he spoke to Arlo, Matthew decided to go to work without wearing his tie. This was both as a personal protest of the stringent class system in place, and out of curiosity to see how his peers would react to his unfinished uniform. He left early to avoid his parents and arrived at the office a quarter-hour earlier than usual. Once he entered the lobby he heard a gasp come from the secretary followed by quick, staccato footsteps. A few seconds later he felt a hand on his shoulder and heard a low voice.
“Sir, you are going to have to put on your tie before continuing to work.”
“I’m sorry but it seems that I forgot it at home, officer,” Matthew replied.
The security guard’s features were overcome with annoyance before his face smoothed into a calm and neutral expression. “It’s alright sir, we have a few extra ties for just this type of situation. Please don’t let it happen again.”
The officer left and returned a minute later with a standard black tie which he handed to Matthew. Forcing a smile, Matthew took the tie and with ease donned the tie using a standard knot. He thanked the officer before walking to his office.
That day, Matthew decided that he would try to make a difference in society. He knew that he would never be able to do as much as Altair or Arlo could have, but he felt a need to try. Though unable to change the lives of mass numbers of 1-stars or shift political stances, Matthew knew that he could make a difference in the lives of individual 1-stars. From that day on, Matthew decided to find simple, inconspicuous jobs and give them to any 1-stars that came to his office.
That’s it! I’m seriously beginning to think that 300 words might be too short… If I do a project like this I might make it 500 words… but then again I don’t want to write and edit 500 words every day but we’ll see. As always I hope you liked this instalment and the next part will be posted tomorrow!