500 Word Short Story
Carl Peyton was sixty-nine years old. He hadn't worked in almost five years. Today was the first day of his new job. He was working again. Not because he wanted to, it was because he had to. There was no choice. The new world government made it mandatory for every able bodied man and woman over the age of eighteen and not enrolled in college, to work.
If you went through twelve years of indoctrination, you worked the job you were given. You had no say. If you were a college grad, you went to work in your area of study. You only went to college if it was appointed to you. And that was only if you were a sheep who stood out in the flock by sucking up to the system. If you made trouble, you could expect a job in the mines or the cold country. It was best to toe the line.
Carl Peyton had worked as a home builder all his life. At sixty-five he retired to his three bedroom house and five acre plot of land. His pension and Social Security was more than enough to live out his days in relative ease. He had earned it.
Six months ago all hell broke loose. World Governments were overthrown by a powerful elite only alluded to by so-called crackpots and conspiracy theorists. Most people didn't believe them even though the signs were all around them. Geoengineering, Weather Modification, Agenda 21, Public Education and the Militarization of local police forces were all there but were talked down and outright lied about by National News Organizations.
The NNO's were all part of the control system. Network television in general was used to pacify people by the billions with sporting programs and passive mind control. When the overthrow happened and a world government took over, most people were in a state of shock. Police forces around the world became the local control that kept the peace by either killing or cracking the heads of those who resisted.
Carl Peyton lost his pension and his Social Security. He wasn't alone. Everyone did. He also had his house taken from him. His bank account was drained and he was moved to the city and placed in a 300 square foot apartment with a roommate he didn't even know. To survive, he was assigned a job as a finish carpenter.
If he had refused, he would have been considered a useless eater and sent to a FEMA settlement camp where he would have been forced to comply with the new order or disappear for good. Useless eaters were not part of the program. So Carl complied with it all. Life as he knew it was now over. He should have payed more attention, caused a ruckus when he had the chance. Now it was too late... or was it.
Turns out Carl's new roommate was a wolf in sheep's clothing, and he wasn't alone. Causing a ruckus was still in play.
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