Episode 29: Part 2 of “Black Myrtle’s Glory“
Alex had been engrossed in his work and did not
notice that someone had walked up
It was Our Lady Person of Perpetual Anger; Pfeffer.
“Hello Alex” it said.
Alex recognized the voice and without
turning around said
“What? No hug? No kiss?” Pfeffer asked.
“I might be confused – – – – – but not that confused”
answered Alex. After a moment of silence
he added “What can I do for you?
Sorry about my back but I have
to pay diligent attention to this
shaper or it might bite me.”
“Crap Alex” responded Pfeffer
“Machines don’t bite people;
people bite people.”
“You spend too much time in the office” said Alex.
“Machines are always biting people.
Look at all these guys
out on the floor.
None of them can hear a damn thing.
Some of them have lost fingers.
One guy has lost both hands
to the steel cut-off machine.”
“I’m not here to listen to a litany
regarding evil machines.
I’m here to tell you
that the Coquettish
Queen has eyes
“Just what I need” said Alex.
“I come to the forging works
to expand my career
and now I am
“It might not be that drastic” answered Pfeffer
as she tried to downplay Alex’s concerns.
“Just play her coquettish game
and you will get promoted.”
“And how is that going to happen?” asked Alex.
“I will promote you out of the forging works
if you can keep her happy. You don’t have
to bend over like the Four of Clubs
at a croquet game. Just keep her
on the hook so that the forging
works remains productive”
“I’ll keep it in mind” responded Alex
in a non-committal
Pfeffer said nothing as she turned and walked away.