Paradise Induction Chapter 5 – Extract 29
“Face the camera,” she said. “Keep your head up. Look in this direction. That’s it.”
She typed at the keyboard some more and the unusual looking machine began to murmur.
A dispenser beside the machine, pushed out a card.
Chris’ eyes revealed awareness as he realised what it was.
“Okay. You’re done.”
“Thanks very much,” said Chris. She handed him his paperwork.
As she walked back to her desk, he looked at the time knowing the bank and social security offices would be closed now. One more establishment popped into his head as a place to visit.
He walked out of the Government building and down the street. The roads were busy with motorists and very few pedestrians—likely because the heat was relentless. His skin started to become moist within seconds as he passed detached buildings housing retailers, then a huge bank, an immense glass building where he could see the employees getting ready to close up. He continued walking across a pleasant park with a statue in the centre of a man who had been commemorated for his philanthropic dedication to the PI. He reached a dock where his destination lay—The Fortress of Solitude Restaurant and Bar. He walked into the open-air restaurant with its standard layout of wooden tables, some with four chairs, some with two, and caught sight of the woman he was looking for.