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Thursday, August 10, 2023

Microstory 1949: Those in the Know

Generated by Google Workspace Labs text-to-image AI software
Reese: Oh, good, you’re here too. I was worried about you both, but you don’t have a phone, and she’s not picking up.
Myka: Sorry, I’m here. My phone died while we were in quarantine, and it’s still off and on the charger. Leo, we need to get you your own device.
Leonard: Yeah.
Reese: Is everyone okay? How did they treat you in there? [...] Somebody respond, I’m getting worried again.
Leonard: I’m fine, I was just trying to let the lady speak first.
Myka: I’m fine too. I missed you...both. I have something to tell you, though, and I don’t know how you’re gonna feel about it.
Leonard: Let me guess, they offered you a job.
Myka: Yeah!
Reese: Seriously? Both of you? That’s suspicious.
Myka: Why, you don’t think I would be cut out for it?
Reese: I didn’t say that. It’s just that the government doesn’t make a habit out of hiring the formerly incarcerated. Even the OSI has a thing about perfect prior records. What would you even be doing for them?
Myka: They didn’t say.
Reese: See? Suspicious. I don’t think you should even entertain the idea.
Leonard: I’m not so sure, and I think I know the reason. She knows about the aliens, and I am an alien. I think they would rather keep us close than far away where they can’t keep track of our movements and behaviors. I’m thinking about taking it. Like you said, I need a phone. And a place to live, and food. I need money for all that, just as I did on my world. How hard would it be to apply at, say, a carwash without a valid background?
Myka: You’re right, they’re trying to keep an eye on us, but that doesn’t doesn’t mean we should accept the positions. I assume you have something more substantial in the way of an offer than I do, but it sounds dangerous.
Reese: Well....
Myka: Well, what? Have you already changed your mind?
Reese: I want you both to be safe, and you knowing about aliens puts you in more danger than I’m in because I know about them too. Yes, you would be working for the people who are placing you in that danger, but maybe they’ll be less likely to go after you if you seem to share their interests. Government spies know government secrets all the time, and their government doesn’t kill them, because they’re on the same side.
Myka: So, you think I should take it?
Reese: I didn’t say that. I just don’t think we should dismiss it. We really should learn what plans they have for you. You have skills, as do you, Leonard, but neither of you has the kind of résumé they generally look for.
Leonard: How do you suppose we go about procuring such information?
Reese: We don’t. I already work there, to a certain extent. I’ll go back in and see what I can find out. You two stay here and don’t go out unless you’re buying a new phone, and don’t separate until you have one...or maybe not even then.

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