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March 2020
Spring is coming, I can feel it scratching at my soul. The chains of the winter months spent indoors hibernating are constricting. The days are light just a bit longer and the sun is begining to shine more and more every day, warming the land my family has lived on the past decade.
My son is now an adult in his twenties and living on campus at the university he attends, soon to be graduating with his degree. All that is left on the family farm are my elderly parents, my husband and myself.
I had spent the early part of the morning cooking dinner for my family. My son was coming home for the weekend, it was my parents 47th wedding anniversary. I had been preparing a special meal made from the stored and frozen veggies that were grown on our small farm, along with a side of a well-seasoned venison strap that had been marinating and ready to cook on the solar powered grill that my father invented.
I am home alone today, I decide to take a walk outside, covered from the sun's warming but harmful rays. The continued dissapation of the Ozone Layer in the past ten years has created a new common disease, Photosensitivity, and I am one of it's victims. I wear a large, floppy hat, long sleeves, my skin slathered in sunscreen. At my heels is our ever faithful dog Rosie, who is now also elderly by dog's standards. She is slower in her gait, but I can still see the puppy-like spirit awaken in her as she puts her nose to the ground and follows behind me, sniffing at the ground. I look around our families small land, the trees are still barren, Cardinals are flying from branch to branch playing their spring love games, singing and twittering. I sit down in the damp grass, not caring about the cold or the dew....Rosie bounds up to me and nuzzles against my cheek, licking my face and causing me to laugh out loudly.
Suddenly there is a loud ringing sound that breaks the quiet song of nature, the dog yelps and moves away a few yards in fear of the strange sound. I recognize it to be my phone. As I pull it out of my pocket, I see on the screen an unfamiliar name. Curious, I accept the call:
"Is this Nicole Wilkinson of the United States?" A male voice thick with an accent answers back.
"Yes....?" I answer confusingly. "Do I know you?" I questioned.
"Agent Goldinhart, you are being called in." The disembodied voice spoke again.
"W-what? Called in?" I replied. "I- I don't understa-..."
"You will depart for the Capitol immediately, there will be a car coming for you to take you to the local airstrip. Be ready on the hour."
"Who is this?" I demanded. "Hello?! HELLO!!??" I shouted back into the telephone. The line had gone dead.
As I slowly lowered the phone from the side of my head to my lap I realized who it was. No one else would have ever used the codename of Goldinhart. I knew it must be an EVOKE.
"Rosie!" I whistled loudly, calling the dog to follow me back towards the house. There was no time to tell anyone....I packed as much as I could as quickly as I could.
It wasn't a moment past the top of the hour when I heard the dog barking and looked up from my desk where I was leaving my husband a note, coming down my long driveway was an unmarked black limousine. In the final seconds I had left, I picked up the piece of paper that I was writing on and pressed it to my lips, leaving a lipsticked kiss behind on it....hoping that when I returned my family would understand....

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Comment by Linda Holt on March 12, 2010 at 11:09pm
I really liked your story - the elements of innovation and the unfortunate problems, and your wonderful portrayal of family - I give you a point for creativity and wait to read more of your blogging!


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