Hey! Last we left off Matthew had just spoken to a group of 1-stars who turned out to have been respected members of society before losing their stars and any power that came with it. Matthew then decided that he would try to do something about the injustice these 1-stars faced by offering them work. This instalment looks at how that plays out.
Word quickly spread among the 1-stars that someone in the conscription office was giving them jobs and as it spread, more 1-stars began coming to Matthew’s office. Eventually, his boss became suspicious and Matthew had to send most of the 1-stars home to keep up the pretence of indifference, but the seed of doubt had already been planted. People would notice when 1-stars left Matthew’s office looking happy, rather than dejected.
The next day as Matthew was about to walk into his office a 5-star, flanked by two 3-stars walked up to him and ask if they could speak for a moment. Matthew wanted desperately to say no, as he had his suspicions about the meetings topic, but knowing that he was outranked and could not refuse he simply nodded and followed the men out of the building.
His co-workers stared as he Matthew left but no one intervened. Although they had no way of being sure of what was happening, they all suspected that it had something to do with the increased number of 1-stars leaving Matthew’s office.
The workers soon returned to their jobs and the remaining day at the office building was slow and uneventful. This quickly changed in the evening though when Matthew returned. The secretary gasped when he walked through the doors drawing everyone’s attention to his return. Many did not recognize him at first as his clothes were dirty and worn, his hair was tangled, and he seemed to have aged years in the few hours that he was gone. As they looked at him more closely though, it became undeniable that this was indeed Matthew. They wondered what could have happened to him until, one by one, their eyes were drawn to the most drastic change in his appearance: one of his stars was gone.
So now Matthew is a 1-star! What is he going to do? How are people going to react? Hope all of you are doing well and that you liked it! As always the next part will be posted tomorrow!