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An Overheard Conversation

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  1. Jimmy Branagh Jimmy Branagh May 9, 2014

    Thaddeus  J. Popplefot: Good evening, Mayor Tenk.
    Mosseveno Tenk: Mr. Popplefot.
    Popplefot: How goes the city?
    Tenk: Good of you to keep the chidren employed. there were less bodies to collect this winter.
    You are a paragon of social reform.
    Popplefot:  Yes, so I understand.  Thank you sir.  I must say, work has slowed a bit what with the festivals and other distractions.
    Tenk: Ah yes.
    Tenk looks to either side
    Popplefot: Hopefully schedules will be better seen to very soon.
    Tenk: I fear there is something going on at the opium den.
    Popplefot: Such as?
    Tenk:  People say they are experiencing a collective dream of sorts there,  like they are transported to a fantastical faire.
    Popplefot: Pish-posh! Drug induced hallucinations!
    Tenk:  Yes, but to have so many have the same hallucination.
    Popplefot: You should consider shutting it down, sir.
    Tenk:  It does give one pause to wonder …  shutting it down?
    Popplefot: The opium den.
    Tenk: mmmm
    Tenk:  Perhaps if i could demonstrate that it is harmful to productivity?
    Popplefot: Such vices not only make one suggestable, but less inclined to work.
    Tenk:  Otherwise, it does seem to keep a certain element occupied and out of sight.
    Popplefot: Point, there.  But at least the children, and those assigned us by your office can be prohibited.  The rest? They produce nothing anyway, and better to have them off the streets I suppose.
    Tenk: mmm
    Tenk: yes, they could be accident prone.  They must be alert around all that machinery.
    Popplefot: Perhap it could be moved out to the Fells, out of the city proper.
    Popplefot: Have you spoken to Mr. Briggs of late, Mayor? I’ve not seen him about.
    Tenk: mm, no.
    Tenk: He is very… undemanding.
    Popplefot strokes his chin.
    Popplefot: Interesting …
    Tenk: I was just on my way to get a lm to the mill.
    Popplefot: Ah, do not let me keep you sir.  Good day to you.

  2. Myrtil Igaly Myrtil Igaly May 9, 2014

    Shutting the Opium Den down ???  Next they’ll want to close all the bars! Sheesh!

  3. Pilipo Underwood Pilipo Underwood May 15, 2014

    Dang. A “fantastical faire” you say? Commonly visited in dreams? Professor Valeska and I have an associate, a … well, advisor to the Tesla Society, who specializes in such things. Are there any more details on these shared dreams?

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