Toto sat on his bed smoking his breakfast cigarette and trying to psyche
himself up for another day at work. Unlike Dusman he did not dread every new
day, except Monday. All he wished was that every new day would start a little
later, by about an hour. His nights were not long enough and his mornings
arrived too soon. He hardly closed his eyes before he had to open them again
and go to work.

 He sat in his underwear, his bare feet hanging over his slippers. He felt his lip
with the tip of his finger wondering if it was bad enough for him to miss work.
His head hurt from hangover and, now more than ever, he hated his job at the
bank. It was a job with no prospects and he detested everyday handing out
bundles of money to complete strangers, while his pocket was always empty. It
was forced labour; forced by the need for money. Too much work for too little
pay. The equation would never balance, he thought each morning, as he sat
smoking his breakfast cigarette and listening to Dusman go on and on how the
scrambled, breakfast music from the neighbouring rooms was driving him
insane.

 The smell of frying eggs from the neighbouring rooms crept under the
connecting doors to do battle with the stench from the toilet across the yard.
Sunlight trickled into the room through the rents in the curtain, that Toto’s tomcat
had made moments before going out on the road to commit suicide. Dust
particles sought clear landing places between dust particles that had come
early. Dust was everywhere, covering everything.
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