Thursday, 24 October 2013

Day 162 Adventure

Well, I’m sorry folks for not posting for a while. The truth of the matter is that I’ve been away. I’ve been away with a very special gentleman. Yes, you’ve guessed it: Julien. He turned up – out of the blue.
It was the day after the switch-off panel committee. I actually chose to walk home. It was one of those lovely mild, sunny almost summer days. The sun was very high and it was warm without being hot. A transporter stopped beside me and this very elegant woman asked me whether I would care for a lift. I didn’t recognise him straight away, but then there was something about the way she looked at me …. I just knew it was really Julien.
He / she had to keep the disguise up until we were well away from the Normal Zones. He took me to a Wilderness Area. Then he was able to take his disguise off and tell me what he could about what he’d been doing. He couldn’t tell me much, of course. Just that they were keeping him busy and that everything was still top secret.
But the Wilderness Area was another eye-opener. It’s not as wild as you would think.
We stayed on an island which used to be a very popular place for holidays before the poison cloud came. It is now a place of rest and recuperation for top workers – of which Julien is one, naturally. It’s actually an old volcano – which looks as if it’s going to go off any minute now. But it’s incredibly beautiful. A lovely temperature – warm, but not too hot. We went swimming and we went for walks. There are some lovely walks there and fantastic scenery. It is amazing that everything has come back so quickly after the Poison Cloud was lifted. And we talked a lot.
The people there really looked after us well. They were just so kind and thoughtful. Everything was up to a really high standard. Wilderness Area seems completely the wrong name. But I guess that’s just another bit of Hidden Information. 
And all that time off work? Arranged by Julien, naturally. He has quite a lot of influence, that young man.

Day 167 3520 Back to Reality

Well, after those three wonderful weeks I’m now back to normal. Plenty of work. That’s going quite well, and I’m enjoying the routine of it all, though I do worry that the problems around switch-off are getting more difficult rather than getting solved.
I can’t believe we used to take it so much for granted. We all knew it was going to happen to us some time or other.  Yet nobody’s ever discussed what it must feel like when it’s getting near. And nobody ever talks about whether they believe that something happens to you after you’ve gone. There used to be religions and people used to believe in a god and a place called Heaven. But we don’t have that sort of comfort any more. Yet some people believe in things like the Babel prophecy. 
It’s funny. Murder is a crime. Yet we were willing to kill off people when they get old.
I know! I know! If we didn’t the planet would get too crowded. But other planets manage with natural deaths. Because they have illness and they don’t fear it.
That was what Kaleem was dealing with. He didn’t realise at the time that that was what the main problem was with the Z Zoners:  they didn’t approve of switch-off.
We have another huge committee meeting next week. Well, we’ll see what happens.
Other routines are going on quite nicely. I’m seeing quite a bit of my kid brother and he’s doing fine. I’m going out with the girls two or three times a week.
I’ll be seeing Louish tomorrow. She reckons she has some gossip for me. Should be interesting.
And all the time, that underlying excitement. Will I hear from him again soon?