The crowd started murmuring. Some people shook their heads to show theirdisagreement. Some yelled out from the crow asking Hoax who is the one togo.
Please calm down and listen to me
– Hoax raised his voice when thecrowd settled down and paid close attention to the words that would changeeverything, not only for one but for all of them.
I could not decide who to fireand would not possibly be able to send anyone of you away. But I have comeup with a solution. I can not say it is good, for there is no good solution in asituation like that, but if you all accept my proposal than that’s how we willdecide.
The people all agreed to Hoax because the solution he came up withseemed fair. Hoax got a pack of french cards out of his pocket, shuffled itthoroughly and made all the workers pick one card. There was a jolly joker inthe pack – which was far from jolly that day because the one to pick that onewould have to go. Everyone has picked a card and they made a big circle. The people were releived a bit when they looked at the clubs and hearts intheir hands.
Who will be it?
– they started murmuring, when Rafael Martinezstepped out of the cirle and walked to the middle showing his joker high up.His face was staggering. As he stood in the middle of the manmade cirle hethought of his wife and the three young children he had to support. Ateardrop slid down his cheek, when something interesting happened. SteveWilliams stepped into the circle next to Martinez holding an other joker in hishands.
How could that have happened? –
the crowd sighed in unison withHoax. I have checked the pack so there is only one joker left in it. Who will goand who will stay now? Then suddenly Williams’ voice broke the murmur.
. The people looked puzzled.
It wasn’t supposed to happen like this
I was the one picking the wild card.
I got a jolly joker tooand anyway in half a year I am moving to Chicago with my new fiance so it isnot a big deal for me
– said the 28 year old Williams with a joking tone.Martinez looked a bit releaved and sad at the same time. Williams was agood friend of his. He taught him how to use the mold, and the press weldingmachine. He was almost like a father to the young boy when he got to thefactory.