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scifantasy ([personal profile] scifantasy) wrote on September 24th, 2009 at 03:09 pm
Economies of Scale, or Hirings and Firings
At long last, my companion piece to [ profile] mina_de_malfois story 3.11, "...and the Class War." With this, I'm back up to date with Mina (since I only post to full stories, not parts such as "End of Summer" part 1). Which is good.

This one, I have to admit, is weak. I couldn't figure out exactly what to do with the May 1 story. Finally, I fell back on an old trope--"Case weighs in." I also threw in a bit of what was happening to other characters, as best I could. (It doesn't help that right now, I'm in the middle of a job search...)

I have to be honest...right now, pleasure writing is not exactly high on my priorities.

But anyway. Maybe by the time 3.12 finishes, some creative juices will be flowing again.

"You work for a living," Jamie IM'd me one day.

"I do?"

"I mean, sort of. You certainly worked, past tense."

"Oh. I get it. Happy First of May to you too. I always preferred the Coulton
take on it."

"Yeah, yeah." He proceeded to summarize for me the latest goings-on with
Mina. Judy was out of town, so I guess he had taken up the mantle of my
information system. Whether or not I wanted it.

"Ah," I said, when he finished. "And you're wondering what category I fall


"Not that it would affect you, but...well, I vividly recall a conversation among
some of my college friends. Not your family, other friends of mine. Two of them
were griping about the loans they would have to pay back, and they were also
mock-insulting a third for having enough scholarships that he didn't have

"What were you doing?"

"Sitting in the corner and not contributing to the discussion." I remembered
that well. I'd always grown up knowing my family was comfortable, but I ended up
having to revise my estimate to "well off" when I went off to college and got a
wider perspective.

"At the same time," I continued, "my parents weren't about to support me doing
nothing with my life. Which was just as well, 'cause I wasn't about to. Yeah, I
worked. At this point I probably could spend the rest of my life not
working...but I'd get very, very bored."

"Right. I guess someone in my position has that as the best option. Speaking, by
the way, of work and money?"

"Zee said he'd get in touch with you when he'd made his decision, or if he had
questions. For what it's worth, he seemed to think it would be an interesting

"That's probably the best I can hope for at this point."


He signed off.

I wondered how much Jamie had been asking about me and how much
he'd been asking about himself. He was taking out a loan at favorable rates
to start up his business, but at the same time, it was very clearly a _loan_,
not a gift. The more I thought about his business life, the more the
comparison with Mark Vorkosigan became apparent. Good thing book
publishing is less wriggly than butter bugs.

In the meantime, Seldom had been coming by and asking for help. Seems his
position at the library was cut back--I don't know if he was outright fired, or
just reduced in hours--and he was looking to supplement his income. And/or keep
his steady food-and-drinks stream going. I didn't know what I could do with
him. I had him on my personal payroll as an informant, and it was hardly my
fault he was no longer in a position to inform.

Still, I'd talk to him, see if I could find some work for him to do, or if I
knew a friend who needed help with something. Least I could do.
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