~Lines of Desiderata, by Max Ehrmann
Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.
In the 21st century, when the modern age was hit by the most severe scale of the pandemic, almost every foundation of civilisation collapsed.
Stephanie Marsayudi is the head of a Companionship service, a talking friend serving as a physical presence in the post-pandemic world where the society is divided into two major classes: The Protected and The Immune. The Protected must stay at home and will be regarded as violating the law should they ever leave their designated space. The Companions visit the Immune to talk or do small errands. On one visit, her client is a housewife in an abusive household.
Working together with her teammates, they come up with a proposal to the Council to grant a financial safety net so the victims of domestic violence and other Immune people left without dreams can rebuild their life. As old friendships drift apart, Stephanie encounters new people on her path, and more importantly, a colossal shift in her reality.
TAGS: dystopian society, universal basic income, political, slices of life
Book 1: 23 Chapters + 1 Prologue
Book 2: Ongoing WIP