toilet paper by coyoteviper ()
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Spencer watched as the last of the shipping containers was carried down the loading dock tunnel. There was always a good feeling when a cargo hold out emptied out, but then he would start concentrating on filling it back up again, and that brought another good feeling. He turned and leaned against one of the large containers as the deck officer approached. The man placed his hands on his hips and nodded with approval.
"Two hours ahead of schedule." He let out with a loud voice, making sure his deck crew heard him.
"And my payment?" Spencer questioned curiously.
"Already being transferred." The Deck Officer replied. "I understand you'll be heading over to the mech-station shortly. Overhaul time?"
"A few upgrades to the ole girl."
"That will cost ya." The man whistled. "Those guys over there are good, but expensive."
"I know." Spencer chuckled lightly. "But been saving up and being real tight."
"And paint the way," The man burst into laughter. "One sheet of toilet paper at a time."
Spencer grinned for a moment as he thought about it, and then broke into a broad smile.
"Yeaaaaah." He stretched the word slowly. "Four hundred units a shipment is a lot of sheets though."
"No one considers the sure loads." The Deck officer commented. "A routine run, but not as exciting as carrying munitions of perishables."
"No one competes for this order." Spencer nodded his head. "Only about seven of us take this order."
"Hey," The officer held out his hand. "It's guaranteed." He shook Spencer's hand. "How long you gonna be down?"
"Three weeks. After that, I'll be bringing in the paper again."
"Important stuff." The officer nodded as he turned. "Trying going without it for a few days." He then headed off to instruct his crew on the next vessel to arrive at the docks.
"Important stuff." Spencer turned and headed across the deck with one glance at the stacks of containers. "Never thought of it that way."