Foreign Competition

Saved by the twirling sound of her smart phone. Alex tells her mum she's gotta go. "That was Phoebe she wants me to meet her at school. Phoebe is done her exam and wants to go to Starbucks for a chocolate hazelnut iced coffee to celebrate." "Make sure you tell Phoebe hello. Love you Alex." "K Mum. We'll talk later.". Alex replies. Phoebe was her friend as long as she could remember. They were buddies from first grade, when the only thing they had to think about was which boy the would chase during recess or did they have the curliest hair of their girlfriends. Did they have the latest bookbag from Hello Kitty. But now it was a matter of how their future plans would unfold. "Was it true?" Alex asked with concern, slurping on her red straw for iced coffee lovers. "What?" Phoebe replied. "Does the government really have that much to do with our future employment? You know freedom from choice?" Alex asked again with some annoyance. "Well I wouldn't be too concerned. You won several science fairs and were in the excellerated science biology programe. Tracking has worked out well for both of us. We have both placed in the top ten percentile for the science state testing throughout our high shool years. What's to worry about?" Phoebe explained. "Your absolutely fine with the government deciding our future paths in the global economy? Phoebe you surprise me! Usually you're the first to start a campaign against any kind of injustice.". Alex refutes. "What about all our other friends who haven't even taken science?". Alex continues. "What about those other students? Good Lord! It's not like any of them wanted to study any longer than the minimum two hour homework requirement. We studied six hours daily to keep our standing. They get everything they deserve. No Starbucks for them. Who needs to stay awake for a mere two hours of study time?". Phoebe looks away to watch the crowd passing in front of the store's window. Alex looks over as well. "Is that who I think it is? Looks like Ryan is done testing as well. "Ryan!". She yells over the crowd. "Ryyyyyaann. Come over here with us for a latte!" Ryan is tall, with a few freckles on his forehead and is known for his mathematics skills and award winning physics projects. Most would think such a group of friends would be enlisted as the nerd section of school. Their high tracking has made them the most popular in Corridor High School. They are all also very attractive. Physical fitness has been shown to improve brain power, so each of their friends meet for an hour or so a day at the gym to walk the treadmill while reading their American Government textbooks and the New York Times. It's important to stay on top of current events so they have all agreed that this time slot would fill their immediacy to stay on top of global events. Many find this group of students the go to group to form opinions regarding the all too important topics regarding current events of anyone's social studies classes. So they have made it their calling to openly discuss any important matters above the spinning noise of their treadmills. Other kids from long ago would have seen joy riding in their parent's car and chugging beers around a bonfire after the high school's football games, known as some of the most popular group of students. The extreme laws demanding no teenage drinking and the almost 24 hour account of No Students Left In The Dark federal program has changed all that since 2016. If each state in the USA didn't take on the new laws, it would mean no financial funding and most if not all schools would have been closed down in a matter of months. All students were contracted to certain classes to follow their government's chosen path for approved employment contingent on their test scores of the federal exams.     

t 7am for a chemistry lab research position of regenerating cells from an undisclosed new source. See you tomorrow Alex. We can meet in the spinning room and swim some laps afterwards.". They give each other a hug and she spins around to head back to her electronic car her dad gave her upon graduation. So you want to meet this Friday and go for a movie at the Apex? There's a great new 3D movie coming out that night with new Indie sounds importedfrom third world bands of the Haiti Islands. The movie is funding rebuilding their town again from the most recent hurricane." Ever since Hurricane Muriel of 2013, there has been annual devastating weather which destroys many communities in third world countries. The movie industry has been government mandated to help fund any emergency crisis intervention for devasted towns, something the now bankrupt Red Cross used to perform. "Sounds like a plan to me Alex. What time should I pick you up?". Ryan asks. "Seven thirty should be fine. Just call me before you leave your house and I'll reserve our tickets". Alex tells Ryan to pull up in the drive way and she will come out to meet him, that she'll be bringing two other friends as well. They part. Again Alex is left with her thoughts. So I guess I'm not dreaming, she thinks. Maybe I've been having too much caffeine lately and I'm not getting enough REM sleep. Well, I'm somewhat glad my friends are all very intelligent and we'll all be working at the same company or very close by.

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