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Humanity By EJBowman Characters: 5351

Updated: 2017-12-27 19:03


Lysander leaned forward in an intimidating manner.

"Wishful thinking, but no. Don't make big promises. Do not promise the downtowners something you cannot deliver or you will be faced with a city-wide riot that will tear Manticore Metropolis to the ground. Focus on the people who aren't going to get violent if you don't follow through: the uptowners. Don't tell the downtowners you can make any major changes to their way of life because you can't. The other politicians will stop you at every turn every time you try to change how things work."

"But the downtowner vote is how I'm going to win this thing."

"Yes, I know. But don't hand out any more of those silly brochures full of promises you can't fulfil. The downtowners are restless, Koris. And they've grown in numbers over the years. We underestimate how dangerous they could be if they worked together to destroy our city. They're a time bomb. Hell, our whole humanity is a time bomb. Sadly, it's not a matter of if this bomb will go off, it's a matter of when. It's the chairperson's job to delay the imminent explosion and give our society as much time as possible before it crumbles to the ground."

"What makes you think the changes I want to make will cause our city to collapse?"

"Chain reaction: you piss off the downtowners, they riot, they piss off the uptowners, they rebel against government, and the whole thing comes crashing down. Manticore is unstable. The best-fit metaphor for our society is probably Jenga – ever played it?"

"Once."

"I kick ass at that game, but that's not the point. We're at that stage t

ff in the interrogation room, leaving only the screen of the table to faintly illuminate the room. If the darkness was not intimidating, the shadow of the giant insect behind the Indian woman certainly was – Ghoad's presence was useful for interrogation.

"I-I really don'ta know what you'ra talkin' about, " Tom stuttered. He watched Ghoad rather than Nikhita or the pictures of the missile shell displayed on the table's screen.

"It's not a coincidence that you were in the exact part of town that the missile was shot from and that you made a call to an uptowner to discuss certain plans in a code. Unfortunately, whoever you called was using a disposable phone that was found in a trashcan at the mall, but with you we may be able to find them."

"I'va neva met them!"

"But you do admit that you called an uptowner?"

Tom froze. He was not sure which would have worse consequences: lying or being honest. He got the feeling Nikhita would hurt him regardless.

"What did they sound like?" Nikhita asked, "male or female? Was it an auto tuned voice?"

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