His brand had been slowly slipping for years, and this once successful influencer was reduced to giving the adult introduction seminar to children on the eve of their Passing. He’d been a level six but now the offensive number ‘two’ glowed miserably on his lapel, the large benchmark level badge a constant reminder of his dwindling Coalition value. There were, of course, others around him who would have jumped at the chance to have given this presentation but it was all he had left and regardless of how demeaning it would inevitably be, The Passing Preparation Seminar number 12 was the only thing that was keeping him Frankfurt, alive and in the network.
They don’t know the humiliation
, he thought, immediately double checking himself, RACHEL will have logged that, damn it.
Had he not be loyal? Had he not consumed double, no, triple the recommended dosage of Brandsulin and Flucermol? Had he not tried harder than anyone to build his personal brand? Had he not urged hundreds of thousands of children to be gorgeous? Did they not all move forward to their Passing and unleash rich personal brand tapestries out into the Coalition network? Surely that was of some value? Surely that mattered?