Just Another Brick in the Wall

HOA President Trumplestiltskin is starting to follow through on his big campaign promise: building a wall that truly keeps all the undesirables out of his gate-guarded community. Not content with a structure that just effectively serves its purpose, he researched the great walls and fortresses built throughout the millennia to form and shape his vision for the wall that would stand the test of time (one built in the ancient kingdom of Rohan particularly piqued his interest.) Trumplestiltskin also managed to make good on one of his promises regarding funding for the project: delivery-based businesses must pay a tariff in order for their vehicles and/or products to pass through the gates. The average household income of this community meant businesses couldn’t afford to refuse to his demands. Understandably, he’s quite proud and boastful of his amazing ability to make deals!

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Trumplestiltskin’s real masterstroke, however, was the series of shell companies he secretly created to ensure he would personally profit from the construction of his vision. It’s the perfect fusion of government and business! With so much at stake, he is making frequent unannounced appearances with Jeffy and Mouthy Spice to ensure that the project proceeds as planned. This could be the stepping stone for a series of even greater ambitious efforts. In anticipation of those future plans, Mouthy has contacted various media outlets to arrange coverage for the grand opening of the wall. All that good press is bound to excite potential investors who would see the value in associating themselves with the Trumplestiltskin brand.

Yet, all is not perfect. Jeffy has heard rumors that some fake news outlets have made inquiries regarding the shell companies. As a result, Trumplestiltskin fears that the loyalty ceremony he forced upon the other members of the HOA board might not have worked as well as intended. If that’s the case, is it possible that plans for the wall have also leaked, and, if so, would the undesirables obtain them and try to find a weakness to exploit?

No. The latter just isn’t possible. But, just in case, Trumplestitskin is looking into contracting a security force to patrol the wall. Luckily, he has time to make sure he hires the best, most precise marksman his money can buy.

About Matthew Appleton

A dad and loving husband who is also an easily distracted sf&f junkie, LEGO enthusiast, Phillies fan, and writer wannabe who really has too many other responsibilities to be working on his many different on-going projects.
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