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-67, dialogue between L.J. and Emma Black, recorded by James 72A
I was… I don’t know how to talk about it. You spend your whole life not talking about it, not wanting to be targeted as one of those insurrectionists, one of those rioters they’ll send the bots after, break their bones and lock them up. Better to keep your head down and pretend it didn’t happen. Now I’m supposed to talk about it and it’s supposed to make me feel better?
No use crying over spilt milk. My mom used to say that. I don’t know why, I don’t even know what milk is. But I know what she meant. We can’t do anything about the bots, or the arrests, or the Empaths patrolling the tunnels listening for people who sound guilty, or the Commanders coming to your office or your school room and taking someone out who you’ll never see again. Can’t do anything about the nightmares that wake you up. Might as well roll over and try to get back to sleep.