I WAS JUST five feet, five inches tall and maybe a hundred forty pounds in weight. When you’re that size, it isn’t easy to get or even keep a job. People don’t seem too comfortable around those who don’t look the same as they do. I had just been laid off from a job where I was doing well and I really need a paycheck to pay rent, buy food and that sort of thing.
I hit a few employment places and then stop by an office where they have a ’Help Wanted’ sign posted on the door.
I go in and find that the place needs a guy who can do some spreadsheets and maybe a bit of light programming work. Despite my small size, I convince them that I can do that and I hop back onto the paycheck train.
The place that hires me is a normal business office type place, but some of the people that I see come and go through the office are fairly weird.
There are a few people of the type where they do palm readings, psychic readings, that sort of thing. Then there are a few large strong looking young men who check in a few times and then are never seen again.
Since I’m not very big and there are people in the city who prey on what they think are the weak, I take advantage of a gym in the back of the place. After work, I put on my workout clothes and use the machines and weights in the gym. I sometimes see one or two of the large strong looking young men working out. Of course, the large strong looking young men totally ignore someone my size.
Fairly soon, I’m very quietly looking for another job, mainly because of the large strong looking young men who check in a few times and then are never seen again. I have this enormous fear of being charged as an accessory to murder.
One day, the woman who’s the office manager tells me, “The boss needs someone to do a job. The job has to be done right now. It’s an emergency and I can offer you a year’s pay for a few hours of work.”
It sounds like a sucker play to me. I laugh and ask the OM, “What kind of legal work earns a year’s pay for a few hours work?”
“You have to go into a place and retrieve a very important object. There could be some danger, but it should be minimal at this time.”