FatLand: The Early Days – 5

6 months later

“We’re going to get more than 400,” Darren said.

The heat was on full blast; they had just trayed down a hill. Evan, who had gone slightly off his tray, was rubbing his bottom.

“Wow, we’re getting so popular,” Angela said, removing her down jacket.

“The Gluttony Laws are getting popular,” Brenton said. “Or unpopular.”

“I can’t believe that they actually passed them,” Ronnie said, leaning over Evan. “Does it still hurt?” she asked him.

“Not much.”

Charla said, “The worst are the public weigh-ins. That’s so bizarre. I mean, besides violating rights of all kinds.”

“No, the worst is the rationing,” Brenton said. “Like we’re at war.”

“The worst is trying to adhere to some 1500 calorie diet,” Angela said. “A few pieces of apple pie with whipped cream, and- ”

“It’s been proven and proven that dieting just makes you heavier as you diet, then regain, then diet again, then regain,” Charla said. “What are they going to do, keep starving people?”

They all looked at each other. “I think we’re going to get thousands,” Darren said.  “There are some scary rumors about Gluttony Security prisons.”

“Oh God,” Evan said. “Sounds like the places my grandparents escaped. When they were really young. With their parents.”

“We’ve got to figure out how to house them,” Brenton said. “At least temporarily. And on a much bigger scale.”

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