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Dump Miner - Chapter Sixteen
The Bishop ponders mariA's predicament.


Bishop Lamb is laying on a chaise lounge, eating a large perfect apple; he barely acknowledges anyone’s presence but his own.

Bishop Lamb:
So mariA. How is it that you are pregnant?

mariA:
It is an act of God.

leO:
It is the second coming. You did this to yourself and your kind when you threw me in this hole.

Bishop Lamb:
Shut up, you blithering, egocentric, pathetic, and might I add a smelly man. No one cares about what you think, not anymore.

leO:
It is true!

Bishop Lamb:
Not very likely, leO. It seems a more plausible answer would be your Madonna is a whore.

Bishop Lamb starts to laugh to himself.

Bishop Lamb (under his breath) :
Your Madonna is a whore; that is so funny… leO, you are not laughing.

leO becomes enraged with the comment and charges Bishop Lamb. The guards move quickly and grab him before he can get anywhere near the Bishop. One of the guards unsheathes his nightstick and repeatedly strikes leO across the back.

mariA:
Stop!

mariA rushes to help leO, she raises her hand and strikes a guard. Another guard intercepts mariA’s attack with a blow to her ribs with his club. mariA falls to the ground. Seeing this, leO stops fighting with the guard and starts to cry shamelessly.

leO:
No! Oh, my Lord! No!

leO falls limp in the guard’s arms weeping; the guard drops him. mariA rolls in pain on the floor. leO crawls to her and holds her as he weeps.

Bishop Lamb:
Get these two out of here.

Guard:
Your holiness, she looks pretty bad, maybe she should go to the infirmary?

Bishop Lamb:
Fine, I am going to hold you responsible for the vouchers. And while they are there have the lab run DNA matches to see whose bastard this girl is really carrying.

Guard:
Yes, your holiness.

The guards escort mariA and leO to their truck to take them to the infirmary. mariA tries to hold leO's hand but leO is too preoccupied with his own rage.

mariA:
We have no vouchers.

Guard One:
What about him?

leO:
Neither of us have any vouchers.

Guard One:
Well, I’m glad I’m not the one that has to cover the tab.

Guard Two:
Oh, come on man, let’s split it.

Guard One:
No way!

Guard Two:
Why not?

Guard One:
I need them.

Guard Two:
For what? How many did you use last year?

Guard One:
Three.

Guard Two:
So what did you do with the rest?

Guard One:
Sold them on the black market.

Guard Two:
What do you get for them if they are expired?

Guard One:
Before they expire, you go to the black market. Usually right before Christmas, you get the best deals and you can trade for gifts for the family or food.

Guard Two looks at mariA and leO then back at the Guard One.

Guard Two:
Bring me with you next time.

Guard One:
You got it.

They drive off to the infirmary.

 

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