Movement 1: Weeds and Thorns - #14

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CHAT: JULES, ME

Jules, we saw the news. The Black Sphere, the Tarrare, they’re gone. They’re saying all the defense fleets are shot down and the Aliens are attacking. You’ve got to get home

Dad, I’m here. I’m alive. Are you okay?

Nothing’s happened out here in the suburbs. It’s safe here. What’s happening? Where are you?

I was at the Senator Alvez rally, the one at the old Houston space center museum. Right before the rally we heard the Black Sphere got blown up. There was an explosion. Those new Alien ships flew over us. They’re flying circles over the city dropping bombs and shooting everything. My friends, Senator Alvez, almost everyone died

Julia, are you safe? Who are you with? Where are you?!

Not sure. We’re in a car, some woman named Sandra found me and 2 other people and she’s driving. but we’re stuck. Planes keep flying by and there’s lots of noise. We can tell if what’s flying by us is us or those Aliens. There are blown out buildings and cars everywhere. The national guard is trying to evacuate the place and people are getting killed everywhere. I heard something about orbital strikes hitting everything around here

Julia, get back to the house. We’ve got a basement and some emergency supplies, we can take shelter, wait for this to pass

Dad, I’m getting texts from all over the place. Everyone I know. They’re taking out every city. Something crazy is happening in New York. The basement isn’t going to do it. Sandra says she knows a place 

We’ll stay hidden. It’ll be fine. It’ll be over eventually, it has to, just get home.

Dad, I don’t think this is going to be over. This is, it could be the end. We live right outside of Houston, dad. Houston is on fire! Most of it’s gone. They’re saying to evacuate everything, even the suburbs near the city. You’re not going to be safe

Stay calm, Jules. Don’t talk that way

They blew up the Black Sphere! Nowhere is safe

Jules, please. Please come home. Do it whatever way you can. Use your interface. You should only be about 10 km away. You can walk it or run it. You don’t know what this Sandra person might be planning or where she might be going

We can’t get back to you, Dad. We’re on the other side of the city and we’re heading to New Mexico. We can’t drive back, it’s a war zone. Sandra said she knows something about some government place. I’ll send it to you. You need to get there. You need to join us there

Jules, there’s no way to know if that’s true or not. This Sandra person might be crazy. You can’t trust her. 

Jules, are you there?

Jules, this place is hundreds of kilometers away, there’s no way any of us make it there.

Jules?

JULIA?!?!

Julia, we love you. Please be careful, text me as soon as  you get this

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