“Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.”― Frederick Douglass
“Why are you scaring us?!” Mae screamed to the officer on the porch, before hiding behind her mothers legs.
It had been 96 hours since they’d been quarantined by state officials, and now they were moving their suitcases to the family van, hastily packed for an unknown number of days at an undisclosed location.
Priscilla, her mother, wasn’t scared. Instilling fear was the first order of business on her past kidnapper’s agenda. She’d experienced this period in history before, but only her husband knew about it. She knew they were coming so told her husband in advance, so he could escape to the underground shelter they’d built years prior.
The kidnapper’s greatest concern was separating all males and females who’d reached puberty, or were at child-bearing ages. This was best accomplished by forcing couples to stay home together, because if they didn’t kill one another, it would at best increase depression and divorce rates simultaneously, killing two birds with one stone.
Priscilla explained to her daughter, who was all of five, that they were traveling to Spring to be closer to the sun. It wasn’t a complete lie, because she knew they’d need to travel to Fall first.
If ‘they’ told us this was a planned (and controlled) experiment, how would we act or react differently?