Maxwell Empire Scripted Book 1 Chapter 1

 

1 Rusty eats Uncle Malcolm

 

 

DAVEY

Dad, Uncle Malcolm is going.

DAD

Sorry, Davey, but he has had his time here and must go.

DAVEY

But I love him.

DAD

Me too, but with his brain not working it is no longer him we talk to.

DAVEY

But Rusty could be eating him.

DAD

Well, last year it was Aunty Joan who could have been in Rusty’s bowl.

DAVEY

I don’t want to be in Rusty’s bowl.

DAD

Davey, you are bright and fit and a good worker. It will be years before you are in Rusty’s bowl.

DAVEY

I just never want him eating me.

DAD

You know that if we want to have a pet we must agree to be pet food when we go. It is what we have to do to have a pet.

DAVEY

Jenny has a budgie and she isn’t going to be food for him.

DAD

Well, budgies don’t eat meat. So we don’t need to harvest meat to feed them.

DAVEY

I don’t want to be harvested.

DAD

You know that for that to happen your brain will have changed so you don’t know what is going on. It is not as though people being harvested know they are becoming pet food.

DAVEY

Well that is not right. Baddies know.

DAD

Just as well. They are criminals and deserve to know they are going to be in Rusty’s bowl tomorrow. After they have been processed anyway.

DAVEY

I guess it helps keep people good.

DAD

It surely is something that you would have on your mind if you were thinking of being bad.

DAVEY

Dad, do they process baddies if they are full of drugs?

DAD

That’s a thought. I guess they don’t. Not for pet food anyway. It might upset the pets.

DAVEY

What would they do with them then?

DAD

Davey, remember we watched that hunt episode last week. You know where they were in the Blue Mountains, that really pretty country near Sydney.

DAVEY

Yes. It was exciting. They could not find him. He hid behind the rocks all the time.

DAD

And the trees. Still, they eventually got a good sight on him and that was the end of it. Now he was fit. Not on drugs. He had been a druggie. I guess they cleaned it out of his system so he could try to get away. Not that he did. But he would be okay for Rusty to have in his bowl.

DAVEY

Well, I know animals have as many rights as humans but I really don’t like the idea of Uncle Malcolm being in Rusty’s bowl.

DAD

So how about Judy’s Polo? He won’t live forever. When he dies he could be in Rusty’s bowl. What do you think about that?

DAVEY

Dad! Pet pigs are not the same as uncles. I know they have the same rights but I can’t say I feel the same about Polo as I do about Uncle Malcolm.

DAD

One thing. You can play Uncle Malcolm’s hologram any time you like to see him again, talking and carrying on. And with Aunty Joan.

DAVEY

Some people keep holograms of their pets. I don’t think Jenny does though. Have you thought of keeping one of Rusty, Dad?

DAD

Not at all Davey. We love to cuddle our pets because they can’t talk to us. People talk and sing and we can watch and listen to them forever. You can’t cuddle up to a hologram. It just would be a bit of waving your arms around in the air.

DAVEY

Is there a hunt on this week, Dad?

DAD

Good idea, Davey. I had forgotten that this week it is a big one. Four baddies in Lagos. The bits that are out of the water at all are out of bounds but I don’t think there will be any places can’t be used. So many places to hide. All those places under water. Most of the city is under water. Make sure we have lots of stuff to eat because it is going to take a long time before they are killed.

DAVEY

It will be the middle of the night here. I hope I don’t go to sleep.

DAD

Don’t worry Davey. I will make sure to wake you up when they are in sight.

DAVEY

Thanks Dad. I am going to bed now. Night.

DAD

Good night, Davey.

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