Honest Work (2 of 4)
Author: Jason Arnett
Title: Honest Work (part 2 of 4)
Genre: Science Fiction
Frequency: every Wednesday
The two System Marines escorted Diana out of the room and away from her Attorney who protested. “This is against all the rules of law aboard this station! Outrageous!” The men paid no attention, but Diana looked back over her shoulder. “Be safe, Diana!” Dagget said. “I’ll get you out of there as soon as I can!”
When the military escort turned the corner away from the court, one of the men turned to her and said, “You’re in no danger, ma’am. We’re taking you to the Common.”
The escort made for the Moorcock Corridor where they stepped onto a slidewalk that would take them around the Core and to the far side of the station into the Sagan Corridor. Bradbury Common lay at the far end of the main thoroughfare. It was as big a park as space could be spared for in the floor plan. It was the most necessary part of the station: filled with flora that scrubbed the air and provided an essential recreational area for the mental and physical health of the tenants.
They came to a barrier guarded by two more Marines, with radium weapons. “Acme,” one of Diana’s escorts said. “Roadrunner,” came the answer. The two guards opened the barrier and let the escort through.
In the center of the green space, there was a small gathering of people and most of them were looking toward the observation window where what Diana took to be a new sculpture stood. At ten feet tall it was half as high as the ceiling and was topped with a glass sphere that was playing a myriad of colors across its face. Diana looked around, found no one else in the Common and shivered.