Monday, July 10, 2017


There was a knock on the door, and it nearly startled Amanda out of her bed.

"Ma'am?" the voice on the other side said, "I am to escort you to the deck."

Amanda got up and grabbed a bag that was given to her to put her dirty clothes in. Then she got up to open the door. A young sailor greeted her and motioned her to follow him.

By the time Amanda got to the deck, Todd, Brian, and Roger were already there. Brian and Todd were both red-faced, and it was apparent that they were arguing. Roger looked tired and sad. Stanley looked on.

They all turned to look at Amanda as she approached.

Master Chief Taylor was there, along with a few state police officers. There were also a few other decorated officers there standing in attention.

"It's a madhouse down there,"  he said, "Those vultures will do anything for a story."
Amanda looked over the railing to see the crowd of reporters waiting.

"Well," Roger responded, "The elections are close, I'm sure we'll just be a short memory."

"You will be escorted off the boat with these fine officers to a waiting vehicle." Master Chief Taylor continued. "Don't slow down, or you'll be run over by the mob."

Amanda stepped away from the rail and joined the other four Inersiens. The hostility from the Master Chief was no longer there.

After a moment, Amanda realized everyone was waiting for her to say something.

"Whenever you are ready to leave, say something," Roger thought to Amanda.

Amanda took a deep breath, "Well then, we should be going then." She was still confused on what was going on, until the Master Chief and the other decorated officers saluted her.

She glanced back at Roger who did a half shrug. She Stepped up to the Master Chief and shook his hand.  He seemed pleased and somewhat relieved.

But then he leaned over and whispered, "You may want to talk to your men, they were arguing over something."

She knew immediately who he was talking about and what happened.

"Sibling rivalry," she said, "I'll deal with it."

They disembark from off the ship and into the crowd of waving cameras and phones and yelling reporters. The police kept them back.

"I bet you are glad to be home!" One reporter yelled. Amanda acknowledged that reporter.

"Do you think you will be attacked again?"

"Are you going to post about this to your blog?"

"Do you have anything to say about the possibility of Russia hacking our elections?"

Déjà vu.

Amanda stopped short and said out loud "What the h-"

Roger firmly grabbed both of her shoulders and put her inside the car.

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