The Middle Years
Francis W. Porretto
Copyright (C) 2010 by Francis W. Porretto
Cover art by Francis W. Porretto
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On the day it began, I was at work at Onteora Aviation. I was on my way to somewhere. I can no longer remember where. Once there, I would do something required by my middle management job, with indifferent cooperation or bored resistance from some other middle manager. After that, I'd return to my usual routine, which was mostly juggling figures and composing reports that had only a tenuous relation to anything in the real world.
I was headed downstairs, with a folder of papers tucked under one arm. I reached the landing between floors, wheeled to continue down the next flight, and found myself staring helplessly at the most beautiful woman God has ever put on this sorry ball of mud.