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The Show Must Grow On: Act I 31/44

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Leachtric (singing)
What brings you out to the front?
You look like you’re fourteen.

Mistel (singing)
I’m eighteen!

Mistel: My hometown got flooded six months ago. All the crops were ruined. Everyone who had another business used the money to move. The Army came down for a week, and they rebuilt one whole road, and I knew I wanted to be just like them! . . . Paid and getting three square meals a day. And definitely old enough to legally enlist. Sir.

Leachtric: Fine. Your first job as squire is to fetch me a pen and paper.

Mistel: Yes, sir! What are you writing?

Leachtric: An affidavit. Someone I . . . know . . . is on trial, and I won’t be on that coast to testify in person.

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One road? That’s it? I presume this was a small frontier town? Also, if he wanted the army why is he a squire in the Compass?

No, it was Fantasy Puerto Rico. And you’ll notice the Compass is also fulfilling his stated goals…

I hear there’s a lot of people after disasters who would like to be like those army folk in that particular manner. You’re right, when that’s their goal, they don’t care very much whether they end up in the army, navy, marines, Compass, or whatever. And there can be a surprising number who look young for their stated age of 18.

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