The Bureau of Complaints A.J. Wrathers

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The Bureau of Complaints by A.J. Wrathers
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Castor was confused.He had been upright on the road, facing the sun, and now he was horizontal, on his back, in a bag. Suddenly, the bag was gone, and instead there was a face.“Are you Castor?” asked the face.“Yes,” he answered.“Castor, you’ve beenMoreCastor was confused.He had been upright on the road, facing the sun, and now he was horizontal, on his back, in a bag. Suddenly, the bag was gone, and instead there was a face.“Are you Castor?” asked the face.“Yes,” he answered.“Castor, you’ve been kidnapped.”“By whom?”“By me.”“Who are you?”Castor sat up.

He found himself in the back of a speeding cargo van with its windows blackened. Its speed was hard to discern, though, due to the smoothness of the highway. The face, as he had expected, was attached to a body.“I’m Urban, your opposite number at The Different but Absolutely Equal Bureau.”For the first time, Castor was genuinely confused. He knew kidnapping was a common and calculated procedure between the two bureaus, but he had never heard of anyone being kidnapped by their own organization.“Then we’re on the same side,” he asked?“Ah, no.

This morning, your organization which, in your words, is called The Different but Absolutely Equal Bureau, filed a motion with the Arbitrary Council. It asserted that, considering the fact that my organization was simply referred to as The Bureau, it gave the impression that mine was, in some way, superior. Being the first bureau founded, it held a privileged position in people’s minds. This impression persisted, despite the doubts and criticisms, obtained and promoted by your organization to the contrary. A majority decision by the members of the Arbitrary Council upheld the motion and decreed that, for the sake of fairness, both organizations should be temporarily called The Different but Absolutely Equal Bureau.

The name would hold, it was determined, until a less confusing, but equally equal, pair of names could be settled upon.”Castor was in no way surprised by this peculiar mode of operation“I see. So this is just a run of the mill kidnapping?”“In fact, I don’t think it is,” Urban replied.

“That is for two reasons, Castor. The first is that the toppers genuinely seem to think that you know something that they need to know.”Castor smiled. “That doesn’t seem likely. I think you would agree that that no one at our level in the bureaus knows anything worthwhile. And, of course, you remember what happened the last time they tried to interrogate a topper?”“Of course I remember. During the week he spent in custody, he managed to extract enough key information from the ignorant, unguarded staff to put us weeks ahead in the game.”“Yes, although naturally, in our bureau it is told the other way around.”Urban couldn’t argue.

“Naturally. But they really do want you for some information. You are an obvious target- you haven’t been taught to resist interrogation yet.”“But surely I haven’t been trained is because I don’t know anything my bureau wouldn’t want them to know?”Urban shook his head. “You may think that you don’t know anything but, as you’re well aware, even our toppers know what’s in your head. They know it better than you do. Can you think of any other reason why they might take you in? ‘Appropriation’ is a very inconvenient assignment.”Castor mulled it over for a few moments, and at first he agreed, “I suppose not.”Then he turned to sarcasm.

“Seven days in custody is the current limit, isn’t it? This week, I plan on opening a new train line, negotiating a cheaper rate for the paper we write memos on, and giving a theoretically rousing speech to some new arrivals in the plastics quarter. Each of these tasks is delegable, so it won’t set the bureau back at all. Not like the last time I was kidnapped. I held the only keys to the liquor cabinet and half of the toppers refused to come into work until they gained access. They had to smash the door down.”This is just a brief part of the intriguing and mysterious story, The Bureau of Complaints.

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