Paradise Induction Chapter 5 – Extract 27
Chris shrugged and flipped through the magazine. He was drawn to an interview piece with an islander artist. He read and his eyes narrowed. The photos were attractive and the overall layout was pleasant, but there were huge grammar and punctuation mistakes. Really long sentences without commas. And even a spelling mistake. He searched through more pages of the publication. The layout was smooth, but he kept seeing little errors; the sorts of mishaps that only a person with an eye for English language would see.
He continued reading another article about the yacht industry and the growing attraction of catamarans over monohulls.
“Calling Fifty-Nine,” said the automated announcement.
Chris got up and walked to the booth with his Work Permit documents in hand.
“Hi, I’ve come to collect my Work Permit please.”
Chris handed the large woman all his documents.
“I’m sorry, what?” she replied. She looked sincerely annoyed by what Chris had said.
“I said I’ve come to collect my Work Permit.”
“And ‘good afternoon’ to you too,” the woman said in a tone that sounded as if Chris were to know why she was angry.
“Um, good afternoon?”
“That’s better. Round here we use manners.”