8/21 More Questions than Answers
The Big Gorge Bridge is closed today, with a lot of cops guarding it while inspectors and maintenance people stand by to do their work. As such, Edgar is pretty much stuck alone in the woods east of town while Mikhaila and Zee are in town.
Edgar opts to take the Thomson Woods trails on foot, a more direct route than he would have to take with the truck along fire roads and such. He discovers a meticulous campsite in the woods that sems to have been a very efficiently trained small military unit of some type. He also finds a scrap of body bag material similar to what had been used on the bodies under Hall’s Hardware.
Something heavy drops on him from the sky. A hibernating hawk? Hibernating animals pelt and litter the ground all around him as he progresses through the woods. He’s having a hard time finding his way but at least he is making progress. It’s getting darker though, the closer he gets to the cliff wall.
MIkhaila is in the Town Library, reading and researching The Little Prince as well as the pictures of Amos’ tattoo and the various markings she and Zee photographed that night out at the Old Eroll Place on Route 3. She discovers Amos’ tattoo was a representation of Chetro Ketl, a sort of village plan for a long dead tribe of the American Southwest. The marking that had been in the dust of the Eroll Place is a Sacred Geometry symbol for “Receive.”
One of the more friendly librarians, Cherise begins acting oddly after helping her, wandering out of the library into BEARCAT PLAZA. She’s trying to see what all the fuss is about, several groups of people surround others throughout the large parking lot. She’s distracted by her phone first: Her husband Huxley calling to tell her he is rushing stepson Beau to the hospital, acting strangely again. Mikhaila tries to help Cherise, but fails. Big Jack pulls her aside wanting to bring her into his organization as a “Mafia Doc” and she agrees. With nothing else to do, she heads to the hospital to check on Beau. Whe she arrives, she finds him levitating in the air, vibrating and collecting static energy like some Soviet-era dynamo.
Zee is visiting family in a row of qiet townhomes near West End Park. Her boss had not-so-subtly told her to do what she could to get Hanz back to work. She’s there doing just that, at the moment researching via Google while niece Heather tries to calm Zee’s twin sister Alda in the other room. She doesn’t find out much about the bizarre stasis Hanz seems to be in, but she becomes even more aware of the Coverup—much of the outside world news about the meteor is completely gone from the internet. She also finds in Hanz cache some info about the schedule for several heavy duty helicopters to be removing the meteor from the site today. She also finds a copy of The Little Prince, this one with an inscription “All your efforts appreciated and rewarded. Your family will be safe.” It’s unsigned. The book naturally opens to Page 28 though she cannot figure out a reason for this.
Hanz, who had so far been completely unresponsive, suddenly begins shaking as he gets up and walks somewhat stiltedly out of his home and into the street wearing only a boxers and a bathrobe. The whole family tries to stop him, but he is beyond their control, forcefully making his way toward the Meteor site. Zee’s phone breaks in the scuffle and will need to be replaced. Hanz consents to ride with Zee in her car, but only because its going the right direction. He jumps out of the vehicle as they approach the Meteor site.
JUST NORTH OF METEOR SITE
4 Heavy duty helos have tied off to metal clamps drilled into the meteor. A ring of armed military and police surround the perimeter of the crash site, looking like they are expecting a fight. And that’s what it looks like they are going to get. Hanz, Cherise, and many others of the Affected have begun vibrating in sync, as they face the departing meteor transfixed. It looks like the Affected are somehow using psychic energy to pull the meteor back, and the helos are straingin at their task. The military are definitely about to start shooting at the Affected and anyone else who gets too close to the meteor site. All of this unsettles Zee and she rushes to Hanz, trying to pull him to the earth.
Michaela tries to help Beau and receives a decent zap for her efforts. She notes he is facing downtown. She’s also put some things together about the B612 Society at this point, understanding that the organization is focused on mitigating the risk of a Meteor causing an Extinction Event.
At the cliffside clearing, EDGAR finds some odd vehicle tracks he can’t gather much info from and more hunks of body bag… these with several severed limbs and such still stuck to them. A malformed large cat or panther, more cancerous tumors growing out of control than any other flesh pounces on his back. He manages to survive its attacks long enough to get a few shots off. It takes more shots than he would have expected.
JUST NORTH OF THE METEOR SITE
Zee takes a nearly fatal shock from Hanz and is on the ground unconscious and probably Dying. As is he. But the disruption of the network of Affected is enough to allow the helicopters to make off with the meteor.
It heads East over Thomson Woods and beyond the cliff, for just a moment as it passes overhead, Edgar is in a darker place than he already was.