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Welcome to another installment of ‘Falling into that New Career’.
Daniel is not your normal hero. In fact, very far from it. Inopportunely rescued from a suicide attempt (by a 2 second admin error), he is plunged into an alternate reality, where he is supposed to be an already deceased ‘specimen’. Fortunately the workers overseeing his ‘collection’ were less than eager to change his status to that required by their paperwork, and he finds himself ‘relocated’. The only problem is, the Multiverse is a pretty big place, and he did not get returned to Earth.
His story continues in this second chapter (Falling into that New Career) of Lab Rat (this is the working title only) where he finds himself in the Alien Immigration Offices, having to complete ‘paperwork’ with his case worker Zith Grewnfarn.
Two weeks ago we left off with Daniel being filmed on the job: “He was so hot, he smoked. Deal after deal; signed; sealed; delivered.”
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His ears started burning when he remembered his exit interview later that day. The Sales Manager had congratulated him on a magnificent job and told him that they had decided to close down the ‘Mobile Units’ and focus on the burgeoning ‘Online Marketing Division’ and that he would be remembered by all posterity as their first ‘Virtual Online Marketing Representative’.
He hadn’t been able to bring himself to watch the infomercial on the Home Shopping Network, but his fellow victims (surprisingly without malice) had told him he had aced it.
As he watched Zith’s pen head towards the ‘unskilled’ box, he blurted , “I did star in a video once.”
Zith fixed him with his yellow slitted eyes. “You have acted?”
He ticked the ‘unskilled’ box and wrote ‘A S S’ in spaced capitals in the ‘other’ box.
He pressed a button on a grey box on his desk, “Ansi, please tell Dravid that I have a candidate for him. Five more minutes, then he can come and collect.”
Kim Magennis 2016
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