The Snail Factory

Est. 1872

The Snail Factory

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The good news is that Efengi didn't hug Spike after all because neither had arms. The bad news is, with no arms Efengi had no way of signing the Loyalty Seminar Waiver the next year, and for his entire time at the factory he had to go through the ordeal annually.

Though the ongoing tortures annoyed Efengi at first and he very much disliked Gungor, after a couple decades they developed a strange Stockholm Syndrome bond. Efengi came to expect and depend on Gungor's yearly machinations, and Gungor found himself deeply emotional when Efengi walked out of his "Togetherness Chamber" for the last time. Gungor even presented Efengi with his favorite whip as a parting token, and Efengi told Gungor how he had survived the worst by focusing his mind on the town he would finally retire to. A few years after this parting, Efengi wrote a letter that made Gungor's day:

"Dear Gungor,

If you're reading this, you've come far and I'm happy to see you've finally found the elusive Factory Post Office. And if you've gone that far, perhaps you're willing to go a little further. You remember the name of the town, don't you? I could use a whipping to keep me on my toes. I'll keep an eye out for you and the cat of nine tails ready. Remember, Gungor. Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies. I will be hoping that this letter finds you, and finds you well.

Your friend, Efengi."

And so Gungor traveled beyond the border and the deep blue ocean and found his friend again. He remembered that town all those years later, it's name was just too pretty to forget. Efengi spend two months in the hospital, and never fully recovered.