Refuge: an underground city built to save people from an apocalyptic world. But how will its people save themselves? Read the stories in any order, or start with the introduction at part 1.
Reconciliation Council report B-76, submitted anonymously
I didn’t come in to talk about it because it wasn’t something they did to us, it was something we did. There was a group of us, we used to plan things but we never really did anything, not back when we were in school anyway, then a few of us dropped out and one of us got himself messed up with drugs and then there were just three of us left, and that’s when we actually did something, that’s when we decided we weren’t gonna just talk anymore, we were going to do something, and I don’t remember how we came up with this plan, I’m not sure we really did, we just happened to be in the tunnel between Sec 9 and Sec 21 hiding out during a riot, and when we thought it was all clear we came out but it wasn’t actually clear, there was still a lot of smoke and noise down the curve in Section 9 and bodies lying around that hadn’t been cleared up yet, and that’s when we saw that one of those bodies down on the ground was a Commander, and we just grabbed that Commander by the legs and pulled her into the hidden tunnel, and we didn’t know until we got her helmet off that she was a she, and we’d already kicked her up a lot by then, and we kicked up that helmet too but it wasn’t enough, we had to get at the Commander’s face, and that’s when I saw that she was a woman and her hair was too light, like she was some kind of recessive gene that didn’t get blended into brown like everyone else, and she was just like me, actually, just like me, a woman with hair that’s too light, and that’s when I started screaming and the other two tried to quiet me down and I just went running out the other end of the tunnel and into Sec 21, and they didn’t want to be out in a residential section where people would hear and maybe report them so they didn’t follow me, or I assume that’s why they didn’t follow me, and I never went back where they used to hang out, and they never came to find me where I lived or where I worked, and so I never found out what happened to that Commander, and I wish I knew. I wish I knew.
©2017 Michelle M. Welch
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