The 6th of February 2018, the air is dusty, the big plaza is empty. Walking through the old, dirty, broken streets of Astoria without a goal, without money, without any future. This is me, Morten Hick, a former engineer of Iron & Gold Inc.. I am sick of this city which robbed all my hope for a better tomorrow. I am lost. Yes, it is true, now I am a slum dweller for more than 4 years years years. Sorry for my quirks but you did not make the same experiences like me. I know every corner of this city, I know the arrogant people who do not pay tribute to me. Well, sure .. for half a year I tried to live in Ferdalia together with my racehorse called Cito. We made a lot of money at that time cuz she was fast and beautiful. I rented a fancy appartment and Cito got the most expensive haggle every day, which was available in the city. But one day (I will never forget the day) the inevitable happened. Cito died in my arms. Her right hind leg had inflamed over time and she was injured in the last lap of her 20th race.
It was the worst day in my life and I could only keep my tears to myself. Because I had no friends for a long time. When those I took for my friends learned that I live in Astoria, they did not want to have anything to do with me. They did not know me from one day to the next.
Now you know a part of my story - no house, no job and Cito is just the memory of a better time. Only the beautiful moments are forever in my memory.
Yesterday, after many shadows, I finally saw light again. A poster hung on an advertising column and it said "Come to Nova Astoria! - a new world stands for your new future" A while later, I saw another pillar of advertising "Nova Astoria - forget the past - turn to the light - Nova Astoria means light and hope "... And here I am, after several months as a day laborer, I have raised enough money to make a ticket to Nova Astoria ... tears are streaming down my cheeks. Are they tears of sadness or tears of joy? We will see. The realization is true, the journey is the goal - no matter who you are, no matter how much money you have, no matter what you aim for. There is a chance and the name of this chance is "Nova Astoria" Thank you for listening to me. By the way, I would be grateful to you for an mc-dollar.
My name is Morten Hick, who are you?
Persons or actions are fictitious.