My next stop is the governer. I knock on his
door and his butler answers it.
"What is it." He drawles.
"I need to see the governer," I reply. "It's
"What is your matter of discussion with him."
The chubby man's eyes were half closed. I
guessed that I had woken him up from his nap.
"It's important," I repeat.
"Fine, come in," the butler opens the door wider
and allows me through.
He leads me through the hallway and up the
stairs. Finally he stops at a door at the end of
I can't help but notice how fine everything is.
The wood of the banister is polished ivory, the
doorways painted white and the painting frames
The butler tells me to stay here while he tells
the governer he has a visitor.
When he's done and has the governer's consent to
my entrance he motions me in.
I step into the governer's office. It's as nice
as the rest of the house but it feels different.
A little more humane, I think. Or homey.
The Governer is sitting in a wodden chair behind
a large ivory desk cluttered with papers.
He is writing away on one of the papers.
There are books scattered next to his desk, some
open some closed.
THere is a half-full jar of ink and several
empty ones lying among the books.
I wonder what he's doing.
The Governer looks up.
"Hello," he says. "What may I do for you?"
"Well," I begin. "My name's Jillo, and yesterday
morning, my brother, Gilan, was taken away by
Strongers into the City, and I'm trying to save
him from being hung for a crime he didn't
commit." I don't mention that it was I who
I tell the kindly Governer my plan.
He's not like most City officials. Because he
was raised in a poor town like ours, he knows
what we feel like.
He is the only leader who knows that, save a
few. And a few is not enough to save the world,
even if they are strong like the Governer.
"...And if you agree, I'd be happy to give you
this turkey." I hold it up.
The Governer's eyes gleamed in excitement.
"I was going to agree in the first place, but
now I am more than happy too! When would you
like for it to happen?"
"Oh... Noon if that works for you." I still have
a few stops to make.
"That sounds great to me. Thirty minutes after
"Great. Thank you SO much!" I say. I put the
turkey down on the table, clearing away some
I, bliss with success, hurry down the hall and
let myself out. I run down the street to the
library, where the books are kept and made.
Jennifer, works there.
She has a major crush on Gilan.
That might help.
I tell her the predicament. She gasps, her hands
over her mouth.
"What can I do?" She asks.
"I need to make flyers for something," I reply.
Jennifer leads me to the printing press room.
They have two presses. There are piles and piles
of blank paper on the shelves. Jennifer calls
over Thomas, the expert on printing presses.
We spend ten minutes discussing design, color,
etc. Finally we agree no something and Thomas
gets out pieces of paper.
"How many flyers?" He asks.
"Umm, however many households there are," I
"Well I don't need one," Jennifer says.
"We'll just have a few extras," I reply.
"I'll go get the census report," Jennifer yells
as she takes off.
Meanwhile, Thomas and I begin printing the
"Would you mind doing that while I go run an
errand?" I ask.
"No, I don't mind," Thomas tells me. "Today is
really slow, so I have time. Plus it's Jack and
Mike's shift. I have to be on call in an hour,
but until then I'll do this."
"Thank you so, so much," I breathe.
I then scurry out of the room to make my last
trip. I go to the orphanage/nunnery. I ask the
nuns if they would mind me having teh children
do something. THey agreed when I offered to pay
the nuns ten golden coins. I also decided that I
would buy the children bread and meat to share
after they were done with their job.
I told the nuns that I would be back in forty-
I run and but ten loaves of bread and three
slabs of pig meat chopped up into tiny little
When the flyers are done in thirty more minutes,
I have Thomas help me carry them. We drop at
least ten on the way to the orphanage/nunnery.
Finally, we reach the nunnery. It's been 43
minutes according to the water clock on the
table. The nuns have prepared the children in
their shoes, coats and hats.
I explain to the children to put one flyer on
each doorstep. If there already is one on the
doorstep, do not put another one on the
doorstep. I handed out to each child a few
"Be sure to come back when you run out of
flyers," I say. "When you are done, I have a
surprise for you. Also it might be best to
travel in groups."
The children hurry out into the street to
deposit their flyers and get the suprise. It
take out the bread and meat.
"Be sure to give a piece or two fo meat and
bread to all of the kids," I tell the nuns.
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