As Ash looked around the crowd, he could see the people controlling their emotions to speak up, repressing their voices to stand against what was wrong. Some eyes were filled with hatred, some filled with disgust, some filled with horror. But all these eyes had something in common- fear.
One by one, people forcefully went back to their work and in no time, the crowd dissolved. The man still sat there, hopeless with the photograph in his hand. Ash wanted to talk to the man, console him, but he could not gather the courage to do so. It will not make a difference to the man who has just lost everything.
“Let’s go, I know we should help him, but we can not,” Jason said, and they both moved forward just like everyone did. Not only the owner who lost his stall was helpless but also the people, who wanted to help, but the fear did not let them.
Soon, they reached their place, Gargabell’s Grocery Store. As Jason and Ash went in the shop, they could sense that something was wrong.
“Hey Elle, Good Morning!” Jason said cheerfully as he saw her brooming the floor.
Elle looked at Jason with an emotionless face and then without uttering a word, she continued to do her job.
“What happened to her?” Jason asked Ash doubtfully.
As they both put down their bags on the floor, Uncle Gargabell came out of the back door with a stern face.
“You are twenty minutes late boys, I am sorry. I can not handle any more of your sheer laziness. You both can go to your home and no need to come back here again.” Uncle Gargabell said, and left Ash and Jason shocked.
“Sir, we are really sorry. I know that we are late, we can wear that teddy bear costume for the whole day.” Ash blurted out for he knew how difficult for them it was to get a job.
“I am really sorry Ash. I hired you because I had pity on two young boys who were struggling to get some money, but I can’t pay you anymore. You may leave.” Uncle Gargabell said without any emotion on his face.
“How could you? That’s no reason to fire someone. We had been late so many times before, but you never snatched our jobs, then why now?” Jason said raising his voice.
“You both are fired, and I will not give you any more explanations.” Uncle Gargabell put an end to the conversation and left.
Ash could not understand why Uncle was doing so? Even though he disliked both of them, but he would not fire them because of that. After picking up his bag, Ash dragged Jason out of the shop and calmed him down.
“What will we do now?” Jason cried.
‘I don’t know,’ Ash said to himself.
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