Space for Rent

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The ad had hacked its way onto one of the less scrupulous display boards, sandwiching itself between honest-to-goodness, paid for and regulated vids:

Travel to China
Serious $$
Bring your own survival skills

The word China is enough for him. Somewhere far away. Somewhere rumored to be saturated with opportunities, as long as you weren’t picky about what kind. And according to the address on the ad, you only had to be willing to stop by a stranger’s flat in the middle of the slums. That’s fine with him. It can’t be any more dangerous than the place he actually pays to sleep in every night.

That’s how he ends up in her ratty little room, trying to get information about the job. She bowls him over with a simple, “Do you want the money or not?”

Hearing the sum, he nods and clamps his mouth shut.

Then she starts giving orders, and he’s not so sure that he won’t end up in a work camp for this.

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  1. Avatar HSAR

    I like the presentation of futuristic advertisement, and the feeling of desperation – kind of like when you have no money and need a job to pay the rent.

  2. Avatar boxofun

    I love the idea of ads acting like malevolent viruses and hacking their way to the top! Very dystopian. Great writing, too, got me reading!

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