This is chapter 6 of a serialized novella appearing on Ars Gratia Libertatis every two weeks. Â Read from the beginning here.
Chapter Six: Thomas King
Never doubt what small men will do for great power. –Paolo Bacigalupi
Thomas King had been ten the moment he first decided he wanted to be a bureaucrat. It had not been a conscious decision; he still said he wanted to be an astronaut, but deep down, where it counts, he didn’t. The young boy with the mousy brown hair, his midsection always a little too doughy, wanted to be a bureaucrat when he grew up.
It had happened the day Thomas was awarded the title of Recess Monitor for going a whole month without being tardy once. That recess was one of the least fun half hours the children at Oliver Wendell Holmes Elementary School would ever have to endure. But for Thomas King, it was a blast.