The Water Thief
by Nicholas Lamar Soutter
CHARLES THATCHER is a private citizen, meaning that he’s the private property of the Ackerman Brothers Corporation. He’s got problems: the cost of air is going up, his wife wants to sell herself to another corporation, and his colleagues are always trying to get him tossed into the lye vats.
But all of that is nothing, compared to what happens when he finds a woman stealing Ackerman's rainwater.