So this is the 3rd instalment of Uniform. This section gives a bit more insight into Matthew’s job in the story.
Walking up to the secretary Matthew stated his name and was quickly ushered into his new office. He took a second to look around and found that the room seemed identical to the one that he had been interviewed in. A small wooden desk stood at the end of the room facing the door. There were two wooden chairs. One in front of the desk, and one behind it. No other features lay in the room apart from a computer on the desk for Matthew to categorise applicants in, and a water cooler against the far left corner of the room in case Matthew or one of the applicants grew thirsty. A few moments after Matthew had settled in the door opened to reveal Matthew’s boss Aaron. Aaron sauntered over to Matthew’s desk and took the seat usually filled by applicants.
“So Matthew, I would like to personally welcome you to the conscription bureau. Your training went spectacularly and your results in the entrance exams give me great confidence that you will succeed in this job. However, before you start working I would still like to tell you a few ground rules of the job. First, always be in uniform, second, don’t come late, and finally, don’t waste your time with 1-stars, give those jobs to more deserving people.”
The last rule confused Matthew but he nodded nonetheless, eager to start working. With a smile, Aaron got up and left the office wishing Matthew luck as he left.
A few minutes after Aaron had left, the secretary that was in the lobby earlier walked into the room, followed by the 1-star who had gotten off the bus behind Matthew. Confused, he looked at the woman who shrugged at him almost casually, but the look she gave Matthew had a clear message: Get rid of him.
There you have it! Section 3 is posted. I hope you like it. In the next section the 1-star citizen is revealed and Matthew learns that he may not know the world he lives in as well as he previously thought.
So this is the next instalment of Uniform. This section gives a bit more insight into the class system in this world. Hope you enjoy it!
The stars marked a person’s status in society. 5 stars were worn by highly ranked government officials; 4 stars, mainly by important business men; 3 stars by lower ranked government officials and law enforcement officers; 2 stars by the regular working class like Matthew; 1 star, the lowest rank, was worn by the outcasts of society. 1 star was worn by people who were born different, or were unable to complete their work; people who were a burden to society. Originally, 1 star meant an eventual death sentence until the day came that they were found to be more useful as test subjects for scientific advances and helpers for the upper class. Still, it was rare to see someone with 1 star walking the streets anymore.
When the bus arrived Matthew quickly scurried to his designated class area near the back of the bus. The trip to work was uneventful for the most part until a one 1-star citizen walked on at the next stop and slowly shuffled to the back of the bus. His suit was dirty and torn in places but looked to have once been expensive, a disgruntling look aided by the man’s dishevelled beard. Even more incredible, the man wasn’t wearing his tie.
Matthew quickly left the bus at his stop after which he cast a last look towards the 1-star man who, to Matthew’s surprise, had also left the bus. Shrugging off the strange situation, Matthew walked into the office building. He had recently been assigned a job at the conscription building. The last time he had walked through the doors of the building, he had left with a job. Now he would be on the other side of the desk, deciding where the best workplace for applicants would be.
There you have it! The 2nd part of Uniform! Part 3 will be posted tomorrow!
So as a project for myself I’m going to post parts of a shorts story every day. The word count for each section will be around 300 words. Hope you like it. The story is going to be called ‘Uniform’
The bell sounded at six in the morning waking everyone up as usual. The city moved like a well-oiled machine, an efficiency groomed over decades. Citizens collectively got out of their beds and prepared for the day ahead of them; showering, getting dressed, eating breakfast and finally, if they had already reached maturity, putting on their ties. This had been the routine of the city for the better part of the past century without a blunder.
Near the city center, Matthew strode to the door, ready to leave for his first day at work before being stopped by his mother.
“Slow down honey, let me have a look at you before you go off. You’re growing up so fast! It feels like just yesterday you were climbing on your father’s lap trying to steal his tie.” She said, almost squealing while looking over her son.
A stern look overcame her features as her gaze focused on her son’s neck. Reaching forwards, she grasped his tie and quickly undid the eccentric knot her son had made before redoing the knot as society demanded. Once she finished she let him leave while she muttered about how lucky he was that someone highly ranked had seen him.
As he walked towards the bus stop he thought of the knot he had made this morning and why people believed it to be so bad not to follow the rules of society. At the bus stop, he saw a few people who fit into the higher ranks that his mother had muttered about, distinguished by the number of stars marking their suit. The people taking the bus consisted mostly of 2-star citizens but a few 3-stars could be spotted in the crowd.
So that’s the first instalment! The next part will be posted tomorrow! Hope you enjoyed it and feel free to comment.