FIRE ESCAPE First Draft Update for 7/14/18: But What if They’re NOT Going to Invade?

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“Hold up–we don’t know that,” Kate said. “I mean, it looks like they’re gearing up for something but can we really assume it’s us?”

“Well, it matches up with what everyone at M has believed for years now,” Julio said.

“She’s right to q-q-question, though,” Jill said. “Just because Department M believes this is going to happen, doesn’t mean it’s going to.  P-p-plus, there are Double-Oes who are interested in peace.  The HNT proves that.  This isn’t going to be that simple.”

“Sounds like you’re wanting to have hard evidence or even proof that the invasion is coming, kid,” Dot said, adding: “What’s that even gonna look like?”

“We go, we record video of these barracks filled with Double-O soldiers.  We take photos of the surroundings and approach Mary Manchester and her two remaining colleagues on the HNT.”

“What I know of Conva, they are smart and difficult,” Green said. “In end, they just like every sovereign beings. Happiness, steady ground, and family are most to them.”

“And that’s why we need to see the army b-b-before we do anything.”

“Trying to find peace at this point, it’s not advisable, I think,” Julio said.

“Why do you say that, Hu?” Jill asked.

“Tedesco is dead and he was one of them.  Now everyone on the HNT, they’ve all clammed up–how else can we take this than a move against anyone official who wants peace?”

“So, that means we let them have their way? Play right into their hands?” I asked.

“I don’t look at it like that.  But I’m also not in charge.  I’ll do whatever you say, but I won’t stay silent.  No chance of that happening.”

“I wouldn’t want you to, Hu,” Jill said. She turned to Jim, “Can we 3-D print the required equipment and the clothing for three people?”

“Sure.  It will take a few days to get the designs ready and to print everything, but we can do it.”

“Good.  Let’s do it,” Jill said.

Since we had three days to kill, I decided to do something that I had been thinking about doing for a while.  A few hours later, I found Jill in the kitchen, about to make a sandwich.  

“Before you start eating, I just want to talk to you for a sec.”

Jill eyed me awkwardly. “Why?”

“Because, there are a couple things I think we need to do.  Together.”

“Oh, you’re not going to hug me, are you?”

I smiled, “Would that be so horrible?”

“Yes.”

“Well, maybe I can change your mind.  Get something to eat and we’re going to head to the Tri for a short vacation.”

“Okaaaay,” Jill said, sounding very suspicious and she had good reason to be.