A building exists in a random city in the middle of nowhere. Inside this building is a business. A business with 50 employees. A business making money and creating products. Or so they want you to believe. This “business” is actually a social experiment. Employees are legitimately hired and paid. But what the employees don’t know is they are there for one man’s entertainment. “Supervisors” and extra “employees” have been planted and “real” employees are subjected to beyond absurd situations. Anyone who stays on board for 2 years will win $2 million. No one has lasted that long. Welcome to the Asylum
8:20 – Max stands in the lobby waiting for the elevator. It’s only three flights up but it’s hot and she’s tired. She just hopes Saul is off the crutches so he can stop annoying people. The elevator bell chimes, the doors slide open and there sits Saul in a wheelchair.
You have got to be shitting me, Max thinks.
He is faced towards the back wall because he was clearly unable to wheel in and then maneuver around to face forward. She is thankful he was not able to see her face when the doors slid open.
She has stood dumbfounded for so long the elevator doors are now shutting and she has to throw her leg into the doorway to stop them. He cranes his neck and sees it’s her so she says good morning but leaves it at that. As usual she tries to limit conversation and refuses to ask what happened.
It is the most awkward elevator ride in history.
The doors open and Max bolts out ahead of Saul hoping to make it to Lark’s cube so she can alert him to the grand entrance that is about to unfold. She arrives at Lark’s cube unable to breathe.
M: Stand up
L: What, why?
M (panting & laughing): Just seriously stand up.
Lark stands up just as Saul is coming around the corner.
L: What the….
He quickly sits down and looks at Max. He too is now laughing. Max just stands there shaking her head. She can’t even fathom what would have happened that would force him into a wheelchair. She tells Lark he is responsible for finding out the story and then heads to her office.
She watches out her fishbowl window as Saul asks his cube mate to remove his chair from his cube. He is apparently going to stay in the wheelchair all day instead of get in and out of it. She then proceeds to watch him hit his left wall, back up, then hit the right wall, back up and then hit the left wall again before finally lining it up well enough to roll into his cube.
10:20: Max sees Saul telling his story in the kitchen and decides she doesn’t need water after all.
12:15: Max sees Saul trying to get in the office door that locks over the lunch hour. He can’t reach the card reader.
1:30: Saul has a fellow employee caught halfway in the bathroom telling his story. Poor guy just wants to pee.
2:15: Lark shows up in her doorway.
L: All right I’ve got scoop. He says while he was trying to hobble around on one foot, his other ankle gave out. He apparently has weak ankles.
M: Of course he does.
L: Story has it, he used to weigh 300 lbs. (Saul is about 5’8) and carrying around all that weight caused his ankles to weaken.
M: You would think his ankles would be stronger from carrying around that weight.
L: The story gets better. Apparently he couldn’t find a way in to work, so he called Sue who was already here at work and asked if she would come get him.
M: What? Why couldn’t his boyfriend work out delivery?
L: I have no idea.
M: So does Sue have to take him home tonight?
L: That I don’t know. My question is why didn’t he just stay home? If I’m in bad enough shape that I need a wheelchair, I sure as hell am not coming to work.
4:45: Max packs her stuff up for the night and wonders what absurdities the next day will bring. She makes sure to bolt past Saul’s cube so there is no chance for him to corner her for a ride home. She’s just sorry she will miss the show that will be Saul getting himself and his chair into Sue’s car.