Paradise Induction Chapter 6 – Extract 3
He leaned back in his chair, proud of his own ingenious words; as if he’d said something so innovative, the men would have no retort.
“How can we function without the ex-pats?” said the large man, who’d been the most outspoken so far. “Have you seen the customer service of our people? You go to order a drink and they kiss their teeth ya know. Man don’t know what they’re doing.”
The other older man laughed.
“So we train them,” said Jacob. “We give the island back to them, putting them in schools. We educate them. We do what we can to see our people come up.”
“It nah possible,” said the large man. “And ya nah talking truth Cain.” He grinned crookedly.
A smile blossomed across Cain’s face as his head tilted forward and the patio lights reflected in his glasses, concealing his eyes. “What do you mean? I always tell the absolute truth.”
“You talk about giving jobs to our people, yet you give that big water contract to the British. We have the work force here for that—why ya not give it to we?”
“Now, now, I’ve already been clear on this point many times—”
“But you cheat your people Cain! You talk and talk, but you do nothin’ for we. That water contract should have gone to we. Come on meh-son!”
“No, no, no. We need to make sure we take care of the water shortage and the best way is to keep the British happy…for now. Then we concentrate on jobs for our people.”