Trash, Temples, and Trouble
Maria dozed off, again, during her break for obvious reasons. But then, someone slapped her on the back of the head.
"Oww!" She stated.
"Hey Maria. Get up, your break is done." A guy stated harshly. She saw him wearing formal attire. One is able to clearly tell he was spoiled rotten just by his facial expressions.
"Sorry, Mr. Tremor." She stated.
"Sorry don't cut it; I want the desired results. No slacking off." He replied.
"But…" She added.
"No buts." He interrupted. "Get back to work!" She walked down the stairs meekly down the stairs. A tall, almond-skinned man wearing casual clothing walked through the door to look around as she punched in.
"Hey," Cheyenne stated. "Did you hear?"
"Hear what?" She asked.
"An inspector is going to come in and check the store. Our boss wants it to be perfect." Her friend explained.
"No wonder he's more harsh than usual." Maria asked. "And why is he in charge anyway? He's an asshole."
"I know, all his workers think the same thing. But we can't say that or else we would automatically be fired." Her friend answered and quivered at the thought. "And even worse, all the workers he fires that talk badly about him, he writes 'Do Not Rehire' on their work record."
"Can we do anything?" She added.
"I'm afraid not." Cheyenne replied.
"Something must be done." Maria snapped indignantly.
"You can't Maria. If the inspector comes, he or she has to figure it out for themselves." Her friend replied. This frustrated the both of them. "You're also the one to check the store for any bumps and bruises to cover before the inspector arrives."
"So, he's cheating." Maria explained.
"In a word, yeah he's cheating." Cheyenne added.
"That's three words." She stated.
"I'm a heavy tipper." Her friend replied. Maria sighed.
"Fine." She was handed the clipboard and she began to walk around the store to examine it. "My boss is an abusive little man, who can't get of his high horse. Yet the CEO doesn't do anything, and that's not okay. Oh god, I wish a miracle would occur." At that particular moment, she saw the Native American man who walked in earlier coming her way.
"Hello," he stated calmly. "How are you?"
"I'm fine." She replied covering her anger. "An inspector is coming today I'm to pre-inspect. the store to fix any problems before he gets here." The guy took it as a shock.
"Really? Can I be of assistance?" He asked.
"Fine. Just don't get in the way." So, he went with her throughout the store. Everything was clear, she was upset though.
"What's wrong?" He asked. "You seem upset."
"Can you keep a secret?" She asked.
"Yes." the man replied.
"My boss is a total asshole. We can't complain or we would be fired with a 'Do not Retire' on our work record. He, also, treats me and my co-workers like animals without mercy. If my boss found out I said this, I'd be fired for sure." The man was definitely holding anger back.
"Can you take me to him?" he asked.
"I don't know why but sure." She stated. "Just don't do anything that could get me fired, okay?"
"Don't worry, I won't." He replied. She took him upstairs and they went to his office on the second floor. The door was shut. "I can do the rest."
"What are you going to do?" She asked.
"Just watch." He stated calmly. He inhaled breath very slowly and gently grabbed the door handle. He cracked the door open to check, if he was in there and he was. He slammed the door open very hard. It almost cracked the wall. "MR. TREMOR!?" He shouted in rage. He looked at the Native American; she didn't know why he knew her boss's name.
"HEY, WHAT GIVES!?" Her boss replied. "I DON'T ALLOW CUSTOMERS IN MY OFFICE!"
"HOW DARE YOU MISTREAT YOUR EMPLOYEES!" The man stated. "AFTER BEING TOLD MULTIPLE TIMES NOT TO DO SO."
"Yeah, whatever." He replied. "It's not like I'm talking to the owner of the store. I'm the manager, and I can do whatever I want."
"You have unleashed my most dreaded anger. I have shown you mercy because you asked for it. Yet, you don't do the same with your workers. So, I SHALL NOT. HAVE. MERCY. ON YOU!"
"Just who the hell do you think you are, anyway!?" The boss replied in anger.
"I am Antinanco, the CEO of the company." The man explained. Maria was completely shocked; Mr. Tremor on the other hand didn't have a reaction. "You have too proud to fit in the tribe of stores. Consider this, your permanent resignation."
"So, you are going to fire me!?" he asked.
"In a word, yes." Antinanco replied, causing the boss get very angry.
"WHAT ARE YOU FIRING ME FOR!? I'M THE BEST LEADER HERE, NO ONE DOES THIS JOB BETTER! WHO CAN POSSIBLY HAVE TO REPLACE ME!?" The CEO turned to Maria and back to him.
"She will." He pointed to her.
"NO! I'M NOT GIVING MY GRAND POSITION TO A RETARDED GIRL WHO STAY CAN'T STAY FOCUSED FOR FIVE MINUTES!" She shouted angering her.
"I tried peace and it has failed. I shall take that position away from you by force." He ripped his shirt off exposing his big muscles and six pack. He jumped on top of his desk and grabbed Mr. Tremor's collar pulling him to his face. "Did I forget to mention warrior blood runs through my veins?"
"So… what are you going to do?" he asked.
"I'm going to take out the trash." The CEO replied. He yanked the corrupt boss out of his office; he went to a window, opened it up, and thrown him out the window. Mr. Tremor fell from the second floor into the full and fetid dumpster below and the lid shut as the impact happened. Antinanco went back into the former boss's office. Grabbed his work record and wrote 'DO NOT REHIRE FOR HE IS CORRUPTED.' on it. He calmed down completely and turned to Maria. "Maria, do you wish to become the manager?" He asked shocking her again. "There is an open spot."
"How can I be a manager?" She asked.
"You have exposed the truth to me. In addition, I see great potential in you." He replied. "Whether you live up that potential your choice; I shall aid you along the way, teaching you leadership if you wish." Sometime later, she and Cheyenne went to the mall to celebrate at the food court for the store liberation.
"Congratulations, on becoming the manager." Cheyenne stated.
"Thanks." Maria replied.
"How come he chose you out of everyone?" Cheyenne asked her.
"I don't remember." She replied. "I think it has something to do with potential."
"If you're going to be manager, you need to pay more attention more and keep track of what people say." Her friend explained. As they left the mall, they encountered Jonathan as the tabby cat again.
"Hello, girls." He stated.
"Hey." Maria said to him. "What's up?"
"I should let you know because you did well. I'll tell you about your new hideout." He added.
"A hideout?" She asked.
"Yeah, you girls have your own little secret club you can go to." The two girl squeed in excitement when they heard this. "But it's not yet completed." They moaned again.
"How come?" Cheyenne asked. "When you were able to pull out the bow I used against the hivemind."
"That was a simple item." He explained. "I can't pull an authentic lair out of my ass. Things like that take time. You'll have to…"
"Hear thy words!" A flamboyant voice stated. He spooked Jonathan unintentionally, he ran behind Maria's leg. "Hello, my children." A man wearing a pink robe, a red boa, a bright blue feathered headdress, and was barefoot approached them. He was carrying a walking stick. "What a fine day, it is."
"Uh… yeah." Maria replied.
"Are you coming to the temple to pray to the stars?" He asked her.
"Sorry, I'm very busy." She lied.
"Oh, I get it. You are going to blow up infidels." He stated. "Okay, maybe some other time. Everyone goes to pray at the temple once in a while."
"Or so I heard." She added.
"I better get going." He stated. "I have to spread the faith." He walked off.
"Faith?" Cheyenne asked. "What is he talking about?"
"He's talking about the celebist faith." Jon said as he came out. "It's a polytheistic religion that worships celebrities of the past and present as deities." She busted out laughing.
"That's a dumb belief. Nobody is going to buy it." He said nothing. "Right?"
"I wish that was the case." He explained. "But over 80% of the civilians practice it. I can tell you what happened to the…" They both saw Maria wasn't focused and she was moving her head. "What are you doing?"
"I'm chasing the floaters in my eyes." Maria replied. Her friend facepalmed.
"Well, good luck with that." He replied sarcastically.
"Did you pick up your meds?" Cheyenne asked Maria.
"Don't worry, I already picked up my meds." she replied.
"Okay, I just wanted to make sure." she replied to her as she noticed a newspaper on the ground. She picked it up and it said 'Is our fair city hallow on the inside?'
"Uh, just another lame tabloid." Cheyenne stated to herself as she tossed it aside.
"Are you sure you aren't going to read it?" John asked.
"Nobody reads the tabloids." she stated. "That's why it's so cheap to put stuff in there."
"But one article that appeared in the tabloids actually happened." he stated.
"Which one?" she asked.
"The one that said 'Korea's unified again'." he replied.
"That was on the front page of an earlier paper." she stated.
"But it started in the Tabloids." he stated trying to be a smart ass.
"Then, how do you know this stuff?" she asked him.
"I've been around for a long time." he replied. "Seeing the world change."
"How long?" she asked again.
"A very long time." he replied. "And you can be surprised how long, but we'll save that for another day."
Meanwhile, there was something going on beneath their feet. There was a dark chamber and some beings were sleeping peacefully. The ceiling began to crack and it broke open releasing dirty water soaking and waking one of the figures. He looked around.
"What just happened?" He thought as he looked. "What's going on?" Looking down he noticed the water was polluted. "Why is this water not safe to drink?" He stated waking up the others. Noticing a hole above him, he traveled up the hole. As he reached the top, his form became visible as a dark-skinned person appeared. He had a head piece of buffalo skin and horns with bright feathers around it and all the way down the back. He had face paint on. Two black stripes on his chin and two blue stripes on his cheeks.
He was shocked to see what he saw at the top when he left the hole. He saw a fracking plant at the top and saw the surrounding area in an unimaginable state in his mind. It was a polluted, uninhabitable wasteland. Furiously, He brought up the others; the sight angered and enraged them.
"My brothers," he stated. "Look what they have to our mother. They have raped her and are making her barren. We need to act; humanity must pay for their crimes. Now, let us go and teach them a lesson they shall never soon forget." The figures cheered and they worked together and destroyed the plant. They had enough of the destruction of nature and they are going to fight back.
"I do not know what those humans were thinking when they did what they done." He thought as his brothers wrecked the plant. "But I refuse to believe that they would do this for any good. Something must be done, so the rest of this planet won't suffer as this place did. For I and my kachinas, will do something about this before it is too late…"
It didn't take long for them to destroy the fracking plant. The disaster was on the front page of the newspaper the following day. But the ones responsible for it according to the paper are unknown.