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"Do you think that maniac the Comandant will come back Jimmy Joe?"
It was Dr. Fisher, head of the research team assigned to Jimmy Joe's case. The chit chat helped pass the time as Jimmy Joe, the scientists and some contractors tried to repair the damage Commandant Excessive Height Limit had done three days before.
"I sure hope not Doc. But he's still at large. According to the news, the police are stumped."
"Ah shit . . ."
"They teach you to swear like that when you got your Ph.D.?" Jimmy Joe asked with a grin.
"Not exactly, but it was a prerequisite for admittance to the program."
They both chuckled.
"Well I'm in deep shit too doc. My worker's comp is running out and if I don't get back to work soon, they'll find someone else to help build this project."
"The new apartment building downtown right?"
"Yep. It's got some nice storefronts in it too, and an affordable housing set aside".
"Sounds great. We'll miss you Jimmy Joe. Come back every month or so, so we can monitor your condition."
"Will do doc. And if you see the Commandant again, call me back."
. . .
The next day Jimmy Joe went back to the construction site to pick up his old job.
"Hey Jimmy Joe, good to see ya buddy!"
"Hey boss, good to see you too. Why's everybody sitting around? Isn't it a little early for break time?"
"We'll be taking a permanent break from this project if we can't sort out our political problems. A citizen activist who goes by the name of Maximus Parkingus has rallied a large group of followers and they got to the local Councilman. Now they're threatening to revoke our permits because we aren't building as many parking spaces as they want."
"Did you say Maximus Parkingus? What the hell kind of name is that? Anyway, they can't do that, the City already signed off on our plans."
"Damned if I know Jimmy Joe. Look, we're gonna have a hell of a time fighting the City in court, and in the meantime, our costs keep going up. There's a town hall meeting to discuss the issue tomorrow night. I want you to go and try to talk some sense into these people."
"I'll do my best boss."
To be continued . . .