Paradise Induction Chapter 5 – Extract 28
Chris raised his eye brows. This and the other things he’d experienced today weren’t the relaxed Caribbean demeanour he’d anticipated.
“Your passport as well,” said the woman as she reviewed all the paperwork.
“It’s there,” replied Chris.
She pulled it out from the plastic wallet.
“Okay,” she said. She got up with great strain as if detaching herself from the seat for the first time in weeks. She waddled through the office where Chris could see other employees, typing away at computers, filing documents in cabinets, and talking on phones. It was a medium size office and the few workers there looked very unhappy. At intervals, they peered at Chris in a manner that seemed unwelcoming, then got back to what they were doing.
The woman tottered over; one hand carrying the paperwork and the other hand loosely swinging around her large waist.
She still didn’t look at Chris. “Okay, come inside.”
She pressed a button underneath her desk and a door to the side buzzed, with a LED turning green.
Chris walked toward the wooden door and pushed it open.
“Just sit there,” she said.
Chris observed an unusual machine connected to a computer and a camera facing in his direction.
The woman walked over to the desk with the peculiar computer and began tapping at the keyboard.