They Also Serve

“Terry Winthrop,” the woman standing in the door leading from the waiting room to the back office called.
Terry got up from the hard plastic chair and walked over, following his case worker to her desk in the office.
“You have,” Denise Steele said after they had settled, “a week to find a job. If you don’t have a job within a week, or some other method of guaranteeing your financial responsibility, you’ll be arrested as having no visible means of support. The penalty, as you well know, is being assigned to a labor battalion.”