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Dump Miner - Chapter Eight
The Cardinals petition Reagan Walker.


Reagan Walker enters as all the Cardinals are seated in their high back chairs, forming a circle.

Cardinal Superbia:
Reagan Walker, please enter.

The Reagan Walker enters the circle and stands directly in the center.

Reagan Walker:
What is this about? I am very important and don’t have time to waste.

Cardinal Ira:
It is about your son, he is out of control.

Cardinal Acedia:
His embarrassments cannot be overlooked, it reflects upon all of us.

Reagan Walker:
My family’s standing in Americo and our actions are beyond reproach. You know that.

Cardinal Superbia:
No one individual that resides under the flag of Americo is beyond reproach.

Cardinal Luxuria:
If we cannot be held responsible for our actions, then it is the responsibility of the educated community to help guide that soul in the direction of salvation.

Cardinal Avartia:
We have ways of getting what we want.

Reagan Walker:
I don’t have to stand here and listen to this.

Cardinal Ira:
Yes, you do.

Reagan Walker :
Are question my authority?

Cardinal Luxuria:
No one is questioning your authority. We are concerned about how your son’s uncontrollable actions and how they are affecting Americo.
Cardinal Superbia:
He is setting a bad example for everyone.

Cardinal Gula:
He is a drug addict!

Cardinal Superbia:
He is a common hoodlum, a thug on the streets, robbing this great Party of its respect and standing among the people of Americo.

Cardinal Acedia:
He is a pariah that feed on the good fortune of others.

Cardinal Gula:
He disgusts me.

Cardinal Luxuria:
Dear Reagan Walker, please understand we have debated and considered all options.

Reagan Walker:
What are you asking me to do?

Cardinal Acedia:
You just need to do what is necessary.

Reagan Walker:
And what would that be.

Cardinal Superbia:
A sacrifice will show your allegiance to The Party.

Reagan Walker:
You want me to take my only son’s life to prove my allegiance to Americo?

Cardinal Ira:
Did we say to take your son’s life? Although that would be in the best interest of all, wouldn’t it?

Reagan Walker:
I refuse! You are all mad. How can you even suggest such a thought?

Cardinal Superbia:
6th Commandment subsection 92.9, paragraph 54, in conjunction with the 5th Commandment subsection 32, paragraph 2. It is all spelled out.

Cardinal Luxuria:
If you cannot stomach the responsibility, then we can send a servant of The Church to reintroduce him to God.

Reagan Walker:
There is no other way?

Cardinal Ira:
No.

Reagan Walker:
Are you trying to start a holy war? I still do control the armed forces.

Cardinal Invidia:
And we control the IRS. It would be tough to send your soldiers into battle if they where all being audited.

The Cardinals and the Reagan stand silently as the Reagan slowly decides.

Reagan Walker:
I want something in return for this.

Cardinal Invidia:
What could we possibly have that you want?

Reagan Walker:
I want one hundred million shares of The Church of Americo stock transferred to my family’s account in tribute.

Cardinal Superbia:
But then you will have majority control of Americo and The Church of Americo.

Reagan Walker:
Do you have a problem with that? You get what you want and I get what I want. This is supposed to be for the good of Americo, not personal gain, correct?

Cardinal Acedia:
So be it.

Cardinal Superbia:
We will call The Church controller and have him transfer the certificates to your account.

Reagan Walker:
I will take care of this within the month. You people make me sick.

The Reagan Walker leaves the room angrily and slams the door.

Cardinal Luxuria:
Well, he took that better than I thought.

 

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