night I eliminated the mayor of Detroit and the chief of the
defunct Detroit Police. I remember, before I joined the Army,
how much more rundown the city was in comparison to the suburbs.
Now the differences aren't quite so distinct.
parents moved in with me today, my father beaming from ear to
ear because he's back home now and he's earning money again,
although it's not much. The garbage workers are getting paid
daily, a hundred dollars in New Gold Coins, enough to buy food
and new clothes from the reopened Wal-Mart and enough to put
gas in the car, which needed a new battery after sitting through
the winter without being started.
bought the battery at the reopened Wal-Mart.
parents cried when they first walked into the house, seeing
their old furniture almost the way they had left it.
is this possible?" my father asked. "We had to sell
all this stuff months ago! How'd you find it?"
shrugged my shoulders and said almost truthfully, "I didn't."
cried and hugged me and thanked me. "Thank god you joined
the Army," my father said. It was strange to see him cry.
never seen him cry.
ate dinner my mother cooked in the oven. She roasted a chicken
and we had beans and potatoes. It was almost like I had never
father is almost content being a garbage man. "Beats not
working," he said as he tore both legs off of the chicken
after my mother placed it on the kitchen table.
mother is slated to start working again, but not for the government.
answered a call for the Rand Corporation.
Rand Corp. has been quietly and quickly moving into several
of the empty factoriesremnants of the Big Three's heydaythat
are scattered around Metro Detroit.
will be paid more than my father. That caused him to grin with
a little irritation.
her days will be longer. She is going to work Monday through
Saturday, 8 in the morning till 7 in the evening.
she will be working in shipping, shipping god knows what.
she's happy. She wants new clothes and makeup and a new car
and new linen for herself and my grandmother.
wonder exactly what she'll be shipping.
try to catch some sleep before midnight. I have a busy night
ahead of me. I have to visit two school superintendents and
a US Congressman who lives in Farmington.
feeling almost happy.
may even try to find a girlfriend.
like Tanya, maybe. Hopefully.
am such a fucking geek. I'm a badass Captain, but I'm still
in love with a dead woman I really have no reason to be in love