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Fireside Chat: Meet Eden Bartlett-Shepard!


Today we’re chatting with another citizen from New Detroit in the future. Please help me welcome Eden Shepard, Tru’s sister-in-law.

Hello Mrs. Shepard! Eden

[She cringes.] I’d rather you call me Eden.

Very well, Eden.

If you had a free day with no responsibilities and your only mission was to enjoy yourself, what would you do? I’d spend the day shopping or getting some me time at the spa.

Spa? Do those still exist in your world? Anything is possible if you have the right connections.

What type of connections do you have? [She smiles like a cat hiding a canary.] Wouldn’t you like to know? I wouldn’t be in my position if I told people like you everything.

Interesting. What impression do you make on people when they first meet you? Impressions don’t concern me.

Let’s talk about your sister-in-law. Why? I thought this interview was about me.

It is, but I’m curious about the relationship. What is your opinion of her? She’s a spoiled little brat. The girl gets away with murder. She thinks no one knows about her little forays into the Underground.

How is it that you know about her forbidden trips? People work for me. I have eyes everywhere.

So you work for… let me get this straight… the New Order? Everyone works for the government in some capacity. You either do it voluntarily or you do it forcibly.

How are people forced to work for the government? Every job has been ordained by our leaders. If it’s a function which no longer serves their needs, it’s eliminated. If you’re employed, your position serves their end game.

I’m guessing you volunteer? No, I don’t volunteer. [She crosses her arms and sneers.] I chose the best path for me.

Which is? You are a nosy little bee with an itch.

Back to Tru. Is it safe to say you don’t like her? What’s to like? She’s a pretentious know-it-all. I can’t trust her.

Why? I’ve found her sifting through my belongings.

Maybe she was just looking for something to wear. You appear to be quite the fashion plate. [The woman is wearing skin-tight jeans, a silky blouse, and sky-high black stilettos.] It doesn’t matter. Someone like her is not entitled to wear my things. Do we have to continue talking about her?

No. We can move on. You’re married to Tru’s brother. How did you meet? Completely by accident. I ran into him, literally, exiting the railcar. He was in the New Center sector. He helped me with the bags and then asked me out. We’ve been together ever since.

Sweet, I think.

Are you close to his parents? Why would I? His father is a dim-witted twit. He has no idea of the bullshit his wife deals out. And she is a coward and a liar.

Those are harsh words. Not harsh enough. I’d give anything not to live with them.

Why do you? Because my husband won’t save enough money for us to move.

He’s a spendthrift? No. Just stupid.

[I cough.] Wow. Such a loving wife. Excuse you?


What are you most ashamed of in your life? Living with the Shepards.

Care to explain? No.

Okay. If you could spend the day with someone you admire, who would you pick? My aunt.

Does she live in New Detroit? Yes.

Since you dislike living with your in-laws, maybe you could live with her? Not possible.

Has your life turned out the way you expected? No. Circumstances beyond my control changed the course of my life.

Is there anything you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t done? What would happen if you did it? I would have liked to grow up with my parents and sister. It wasn’t possible.

Why didn’t you? I’d rather not discuss it.

Fine. What’s the worst thing that’s happened in your life? Next question.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done to someone? Pass.

What are you most afraid of? Nothing. 

What’s the most important thing in your life? Justice. When someone hurts me or my family, justice must be served.

Sounds like revenge instead of justice. You’re splitting hairs.

How do you feel about your life right now? What, if anything, would you like to change? I despise my life right now, but a change is coming. [She smiles. I’m scared.]

This has been a fright… I mean a fabulous interview.

Join me next week for another Fireside Chat. We’ll be speaking with your husband, Cris Shepard.


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