My coworkers lead me down to the basement. They throw open the doors and I’m greeted by the grime-smeared faces of former employees: chained together at the ankles, lifting giants picks and smashing big rocks into smaller rocks. I’m flabbergasted. “What the HELL is going on here?” Suddenly, a tufted tranq dart is sticking out from my neck, and the world fades into blackness. When I wake up, I’m chained to a gang of former employees, and one of my coworkers—now shirtless with a spiked leather collar—is cracking a whip over our heads. Another one steadily beats a giant drum made out of human skin. Whip-guy screams at me, “WORK, DAMN YOU!” and throws me a pick. I reply, “But I’m not DOING anything; I’m just perpetuating—” He cracks his whip over my face and yells, “HEIL PERPETUATION!” Suddenly my eReader tumbles from my pocket, open to Echo. Magic flash. I see that one of the guards is Lando in disguise (just like in Jedi, motha duckas!). He nods at me, I nod back, the John Williams fanfare slowly starts…and then kicks into full gear. He throws me a light saber and I do a double back-tuck, catching it in mid-air. I land with it activated, my face tinged with amaze-balls green. Wind sweeps my hair back and I’m mowing through the guards with wild swings. Off to the side, one of the freed prisoners blasts a coworker that looks suspiciously like Salacious Crumb. I’m grinning in delight; the only thing that would make this better is if I was decked out in badass black—like Luke when he was crushing Jabba’s minions.
Every corporate manager has a plan to tie you to a Mad Max-style chain gang. Make sure you have a lightsaber handy. Get Echo Vol. 1 on Kindle here: Vol. 1 on Kindle. Vol. 2 on Kindle here: Vol.2 on Kindle. Links for Vol.1 AND Vol.2 on Smashwords/Nook/iBooks/Kobo are available here: Echo on other platforms