Boss Conrad’s House
In which Mrs kaz’Ineo has an idea.
The mention of the Gilmour Agency’s human resources manual as a recent acquisition places this chapter not long after the opening scene of “Block Party”, in which Luzeal had just made the discovery, although perhaps not after the entire story, which covers a period of several weeks.
Although I approve of the voting idea as an alternative to outright conflict, I’m not as confident as Mr Hufstead that “there’s no blood in it”. History has shown that in votes like this, especially in disputed territories, it’s not unheard of for people to be leant on to encourage a particular result. Then again, the streeters have experience of being leant on to encourage a particular behaviour, that being a major tool in the Old Boss playbook, and they know now what to do about it if they’re disinclined to acquiesce.
I also see a number of practical problems to be overcome, as for instance: before you can get every person in every turf to vote, you need a list of every person in every turf, to make sure nobody gets left out and nobody takes more than their share. That could take some time to organise. (I can already foresee complications: For instance, are the Bedel going to want to give the gadje a complete and accurate accounting of themselves?) Then again, from the point of view of the Bosses, that’s not a disadvantage; it’s Boss Surebleak who has time constraints.