A gaggle of some thousands of MBAs R Us trip in, steps ahead of the peasants with the torches.
"Can you tell us what to say so they'll give us the rest of their money?"
"They don't have any money."
"They can borrow it, and then give it to us. Write something we can tell them to make them do it."
"I don't know if I can."
"If you don't, I'll tell my daddy to tell your boss to fire you, bitch," hisses one.
They chain me to the computer with the straps of their big ugly handbags, worth more than I have made in months, and tape a health insurance card to the screen, for motivation. Because they understand employee compensation. They know what motivates and sustains employee efforts.
"What do you do for people?" I ask. A young master pauses in his labors of mixing a pitcher of sweet, fruit-flavored cocktails long enough to suck in his gut and snort in my direction.
"What do you mean?" another asks.
"People won't give you money unless you can show you can do something for them," I gasp, trying to sit up. "I don't know what to write. I need something to go on."
"We don't have to DO anything," one says.
"We analyze the environment and shape action-oriented strategies that get results!" one crows.
"We deliver solutions! We're comprehensively solutions-focused!" roars another.
"But what do you do?" I ask. "What do you do for the money?"
"We deserve it!" another snips. "We're smarter than you! We're smarter than anyone! We're the smartest ones in the room!"
"What do you make, what do you give, what do you do--" One shoves his tie into my mouth to silence me. I notice it's a knockoff.
A woman begins, with the tip of her perfectly manicured index fingernail, to carve into my skin my health insurance group number. A man joins her, carving with a sharpened key to his Lexus. They etch the number, over and over, deeper and deeper, into my flesh. They get results.
Photo: From Greenaway's Pillow Book; a more pleasant prospect.