FIRE ESCAPE First Draft Updates for 4/25/18: How can he walk away from this?

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To be honest there have been a few times during this whole thing when I did consider the idea of walking away but at that moment, when Kate asked me point blank, I wasn’t thinking about walking away, I was thinking about how to take in this new version of reality.  Some how Kate and KJ were ready for it, but me? I was still having trouble swallowing the uncut revelations we’d all been experiencing.  I decided that Jill was probably OK with all of this because she was old enough to realize what we were doing all those summers ago, working for Uncle Julio but I wondered—was I that dumb a kid to not realize that we were selling alien technology to aliens?

Maybe I was that dumb.  I mean, kids, right?

“No, of course, not,” I said.  “I just learned my DNA has changed.  I kinda figure I can’t walk away from that.”

“You know how many things people ignore about their own selves?” KJ rhetorically asked, adding, “Self-delusion is practically the new American way.  Dude, we elected Trump.”

“Yeah, well, I’m not the kind of person that willingly deludes myself,” I said, catching a worried look from Jill.  I looked at her and she shook her head, shrugging casually.
KJ smiled and shrugged.  “Well, I for one, am glad you are staying.  I don’t want to walk away from all of this, but I would if you wanted us to. I would probably go nuts though.  I’d need to get my memory erased.  Hey, Jim, do you have tech like that?”

“No, not that I know of.  No memory erasing devices.  At least, not that I can recall.

“Ohhh, that’s a good one, Jimmy!” KJ said making guns with his fingers on both hands and 
“shooting” them at Jim.  Kate and I rolled our eyes at each other.  I glanced over to Jill and nodded. “That’s a pretty impressive AI you coded there, Jill!”

Jill was lost in thought but quickly caught up with reality once she heard me say her name.


“Did you program Jim to tell dad jokes?” I asked.

“N-n-n-no, that was probably one of the previous programers who worked on him.  I only did version 4 but I’ll take credit for him since none of those other coders are around.”

Jill was smiling but I could tell something was on her mind.  Good thing we have such an open, and warm relationship as siblings, I knew I could just ask her.  OH wait, that’s completely not the kind of sibling relationship we have together…