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“In my experience you really feel it coming,” I said. Wing offered his experience: “It’s true. It feels strange for a while before it actually happens for the first time.”
As we continued to walk, Valley City seemed more and more tragic. It was like photos I saw of old dust bowl towns that had been abandoned back in the 1950s I think it was. It was clear the place thrived but now it was a ghost town.
“How long has it been like this?” KJ asked as we walked.
“Seems like a long time. five, ten years in Earth terms,” I said.
“Wing?” Kate said.
“Not sure. Our time measure was based on the old ways and thrown out after The Problem was discovered.”
“The old ways?” Kate asked.
“Yes. A very long time ago when my beings first came here they brought with them their own sacred texts that our current civilization came from.”
“Word—where did your people come from?”
“Some of the old ways were lost but it’s where our language comes from and all of our science and where we learned to build things like the thing on the roof of the soldier place.”
“Your language?” Dot asked. “Was that Isaac Newtown sign written in your language?”
“Yes, well, a very old kind of it.”
“Curiouser and curiouser,” Dot said.
“What do you mean?” I asked.
“We already know that Conva are basically humans that have their DNA ‘compressed’ by the FED which leads to their bodies changing. Seems like they came from Earth in our not-to-distant past.”
“Yo—you think there’s a reason this place looks like it’s from the 1950s?” KJ asked.
“Yeah, because that’s where they originally came from. This whole town and maybe the Seaside
Village came from Earth the same way we did but back in the 1950s?”
“But how?!?” KJ asked.
“The same way the Accessory works only bigger? I dunno!”
“That is some freaky shit right there, KJ said.”