Hopeful Encounter

The sun was setting. Far to the east, threatening black clouds arose
from the fumes of pollution from the several smoke stacks towering over the
city. The streets were pock marked and dented with the recent shower of
acid rain. Hot boiling steam from the sewers made the temperature of day
much hotter than it really was. Just outside the borders of the city is a
lake covered with muck and crude oil spills. Death and despair floated
aimlessly on the surface of the unhospitable body of water. Corpses of dead
fish, seagulls... bobbed just under the rim of the black slime. The black
slime sensing fresh prey, extended it's corrupt and revolting tendrils
farther...until it caught another ...

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were still open, desperate for any last minute
customers. One such shopkeeper was Phil Anderson. Anderson had worked as
a pharmacist for most of his life. At forty, he had little to show for.
The pollution that caused the gradual decay of the city had had negative
effects on business, as well as the environment. Phil, though by all means
not an old man, showed signs of premature aging. His skin was pale and dry,
wrinkled by the everyday punishment of the deteriorating sorroundings. Few
strands of grayish white hair lined his almost bald, dandruff infested
scalp. Looking at Phil with his characteristic limp, slouched posture and
bulging belly one might think him an extremely unathletic person. But then
again it was not entirely his fault. His eyes were red and bloodshot, the
glasses he wore only made these features more obvious.

With shaking skinny hands, Phil slowly put away the last of the items
on top of the counter. Finally done, he flicked off the lights ...

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walls, that gave
it an atmosphere of relaxation. At least the problems of the world can be
temporarily forgotten in here, drowned out in a pint of beer. A low
slanted ceiling hung over head. Years of exposure to acid rain caused the
wood to decay. Wood fillings was occasionally used to patch up the holes.
Although the variety of alchoholic beverages served here were not abundent,
the ones they did have were quite popular. Their Spinner and Geinis for
example, were among the house favorites. Few scattered chairs and tables
were spread around the room in no apparent order. Most were occupied. A
middle aged couple sat in the middle of the room talking softly amongst
themselves, ...

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