The Show Must Go Offâ€“part seventeen
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Jones was at home sleeping off a mining shift when the unthinkable happened. A quake. There had only been one other in the history of the Belt Mine Prison System. I don’t know how many other people were home then. What I do know is that with Emergency Door Number Twenty-three failing, more than a hundred prisoners total died. Two whole hallways opened to space. I wound up surprised to find Jones and a client who’d paid me late had willed me all they had. I shifted around and gave Chugger a ‘special rate’ on my third room, newly acquired, since his room was lost–he’d been entertaining in my first room at the time. Reparations for a lost room weren’t even enough for a sleep shift rental. I bought out Upclose’ room value at double–I was doing fine, why shouldn’t I stand up for a good employee?
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