Wednesday, January 05, 2011

4.1 Dress Code

Dramargu ~ Chris Cold

“Good morning sir,” Said the woman at the gates to the town. She extended her hand palm downward, “I’m Agne, welcome to our little world.”
“Hi” Atom took her hand and jiggled it slightly for no apparent reason.
“May I just say, for the sake of completeness, that we here at Nullenvoid take pride in a strict and smart dress code, so I must insist that you do wear a tie before we proceed.”
Atom fumbled the tie from his pocket and somehow managed to present a reasonably knotted neck to Agne.
“Right,” she smiled professionally, “may I see your letter of introduction please.”
“I don’t remember getting one of those,” said Atom, “Perhaps I missed that bit…”
She stared at him, “Reception, they’ve just had a new system installed so things are a bit topsy-turvy at the moment” She stood for a long moment with a perplexed crease between her eyes; Atom wondered if she was going to eat him.
“We’ll get it sorted,” she said abruptly, “never you worry.”
Atom smiled shakily
“…and your name is, sir?”
“Err…Atom”
“Oh dear, they really didn’t give you anything did they?” she said, mostly to herself.
“Um… they gave me this suit”
“Come with me sir, we’ll get you sorted out with a desk and a pen and then we’ll get your paperwork in order.”




6 comments:

Harlequin said...

the commentary on the bureaucracy by the gal at the gate is great!! and the line : atom wondered if she was going to eat him.... i laughed out loud and then realized that this line makes perfect sense, in this context.
great stuff.
( although, i have to say, and i'm not happy about this insight, that this particular segment of this saga feels alarmingly like my workplace... egad!! )

Pisces Iscariot said...

Harlequin: Unfortunately for you, the workplace theme continues - sorry :)

Tom said...

haha. thank God for weekends then. thanks for the link to Chris Cold--got a good dose of space art!

Pisces Iscariot said...

Tom: Yes, I'm not a big fan of the genre but he has some good stuff.

JeffScape said...

Is Agnes a cat in human clothing? Sans balls?

I like using that word... "sans." Makes me feel like I'm beating the system. Sans victory.

Pisces Iscariot said...

Jeff: Agne is another construct in the maze.