The Unknown presence descended upon the mortal world with what it could pass as a smile. A devilishly wicked smile. It knew exactly what it was going to do and where it was going to go. With a cackle, it went for the nearest source of greed and discontent. Passing over rows and rows of vehicles stuck in lanes of traffic, where the mortals yelled and cursed at each other. Instead, it went to the largest retail establishment. Soared into the air as its form grew to blanket the entire store. Settled into position and waited for the fun to begin.
The mortals reacted accordingly, giving in to hatred, anger, greed, envy. Every single one who walked through the store doors was affected. Their hearts turned to stone. The unsuspecting retail associates suddenly dealing with irate customers who could not be pleased, even if the world was offered to them.
“This box is scratched. I need a discount.”
“This product is missing its price tag. I want it for free.”
“I want to speak to a manager.”
“What do you mean it’s ‘online only?'”
“This was on clearance online; I want that price.”
“I demand to speak to a manager.”
“You’re insanely rude for being in customer service.”
“Are you even listening to what I’m saying?”
“Get me your manager, now!”
“How dare you say I’m wrong. I don’t care if you work here. You are obviously stupid.”
“Do you think I’m fine if I’m obviously searching for something in particular?”
“Uh, it’s your job, right? Do it.”
And so the day went. The associates couldn’t wait until their shifts ended or the store closed. Whichever came first. They went home exhausted, devastated, depressed. Many ended up in tears, wondering why people could be so cruel. What would cause them to be this way? What would make them take out their personal problems on retail workers?
But the Unknown presence knew. It knew very well, indeed. And it would be back the next day to feed on the ignorance and strife. And the next day. The next day. All the days until the mortals ceased to exist. It would make sure their materialistic nature was at least good for something.