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“One question that’s been bothering me, though, is what is up with Julio?” I asked.
“What do you mean?” Jill asked.
“You mean, what happened to him?” Kate asked.
“Yeah, good question. The last time we saw him, or the last time any of us saw him, Jacob saw him being attacked by Double-Oes.”
“I don’t know anything about that, but he has people in Department M who are looking out for him.”
“So, he’s still working with the government agency you were working for?”
“The last I heard. We d-d-don’t really talk since I found out he had kept that little “we’re designing offensive devices our governmental overlords will use offensively” thing from me since the beginning of my time with Department M.”
“Well, that makes sense,” KJ said.
“Bummer. He saved our lives when we were kids,” I said.
“Yeah, I suppose,” Jill said, looking quickly away from me. I could tell I had reminded her of whatever happened to me, or rather, whatever I did back when I was a kid. I knew it had to do with my involvement in Julio’s business, but was he involved in whatever made me kill? Then was not the time to talk about it.
“I just want to stop anyone from getting hurt.”
“That’s nice of you,” Kate said.
“Yes, it’s good,” Dr. Green said.
“I worry this is going to become a war if we are not careful,” I said.
“You’re right to worry, kid. I’ve seen a lot of cold wars narrowly avoid getting hot. Here on Earth, there was all that stuff with the nukes in the sixties. Tell ya, the chitchat around the galaxy was pretty much mockery toward Earth.”
“Really? Aliens were mocking us?” KJ asked, shuddering like he’d just felt a bad chill.
“Mercilessly,” Dot said.
“So, aliens exist and they were making fun of us,” KJ said. “Great.”