Relations: Smash Your TV! (online version)
Lucas Bramble 
Lucas Bramble had not thought about his family in a long time. Now he could think of
little else. He hadn't been watching tv much. He had been spending all of his time
working and sleeping. But last week he had been fired from his job. He had given
Ford 25 years of loyal service. 25 years of having his skin eaten away by that glue
that he had to fill the machines with. He had gone to work 6 days a week without
missing a day for the last seven years. And now, just because he was getting a little
older and a little slower, they had replaced him.
He had applied for several jobs but none of them had contacted him. Now that he was a
little older and a little slower no one would want him. In another week he would officially
become an unemployed and they would force him to move to a house without a television in it.
So he had decided to watch all the tv he could until they came and removed him.
But this morning he was thinking different thoughts. There was another one of those new
Hotcha videomercials. And Hotcha has said that he should think about his loved ones and
his family. He had thought about his daughter Mary and his ex-wife Laura from time to time.
Sometimes as the machines would glue a pretty pink Spider seat into a little girl Spider
he would dream that this Spider was going to wind up being Mary's Spider.
He had never meant to become a C5 addict. He had never meant to be abusive to his family.
But his job was so hard, so demanding and exhausting and stressful. And all of his coworkers
took it and it helped them work better. The C5 was helping him keep his job.
But now there was no job. He wanted his job back but not as much as he wanted Laura and
Mary back. Damn Hotcha for making him miss them so much. And double damn her for suggesting
that he should do something about it.
He was going to do something about it. Something drastic. He was going to go ghost. No more
sitting here in front of the tv waiting for the Manpower Police to escort him to his new life as
an unemployed. No. He was going to go ghost. He was not going to buy any more C5 or any more
McMacs or any more anything. He was going to disappear and go look for his family. Unheard of,
unthinkable, irrational: but Lucas Bramble was tired of making excuses for why he could not do
what he was called to do. His heart said to do this, and so he would do it or die trying.