Today we’re chatting with another citizen from New Detroit in the future. Please help me welcome Cris Shepard, Tru’s brother.
Hello Mr. Shepard!
Just call me Cris.
If you had a free day with no responsibilities and your only mission was to enjoy yourself, what would you do? Man, it’s been so long since I’ve had one of those. I’d probably spend it hanging with the fellas.
What types of things do you do with the fellas? Play basketball, have a beer. Nothing particular.
What impression do you make on people when they first meet you? I used to be a laid-back kind of guy, taking life in stride.
What changed that? Ever been to New Detroit?
Can’t say that I have. It’s a place that will change your disposition.
Wait a minute. I grew up in Detroit. It’s unfair to blame a city for changing your behavior. True. It’s not the city, but our government. The New Order and their policies will change even the most stoic person.
Ouch. Exactly. Can we talk about something else?
Let’s talk about your wife. Must we?
Is that a problem? [He sighs.] What do you want to know?
How did you meet? I was exiting a railcar in the New Center sector. I didn’t watch where I was going and smacked into her. [He laughs.] Eden had a ton of bags and they scattered everywhere. I picked them up and offered to buy her a cup of coffee. We’ve been together ever since.
We spoke with your wife last week. She didn’t have anything nice to say about you nor your family. That doesn’t surprise me. Eden isn’t the person she claims to be.
Do tell. Suffice it to say that I’ve learned things about her. Everyone would be smart to steer clear of her.
Let’s continue. What are you most ashamed of in your life? Allowing a pretty girl to turn my head.
Care to explain? No.
Okay. If you could spend the day with someone you admire, who would you pick? A friend I haven’t seen in years. We met as kids. Our mothers worked together.
Does he live in New Detroit? I don’t know. Like I said, I haven’t seen him in years.
Has your life turned out the way you expected? Naw. Growing up I wanted to be an engineer. I never had the chance.
Why not? [He hangs his head.] I can’t talk about it.
Okay. Is there anything you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t done? What would happen if you did it? I’ve always wanted to travel, see the world. Living in the American Republic we have to get permission to leave the country.
Permission to travel? Yes. Our leaders determined that it was the best possible way to control terrorist activities.
What’s the worst thing that’s happened in your life? Someone really close to me died during the Pandemic.
I’m sorry to hear that. Thanks. A lot of lives were lost during that time.
What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done to someone? Despite what I have to live through, I consider myself a standup guy. I’ve never done anything bad to anyone.
What are you most afraid of? Something happening to my little sister. Tru is reckless and thinks she’s invincible. That kind of behavior is dangerous.
You do a great job looking out for your sister. She has to have someone watch her back. Tru insists on going to the Underground. Fortunately, I taught her to fight.
What’s the most important thing in your life? Family. When life gets tough, it’s family, which keeps me sane.
Wow! What a nice thing to say.
How do you feel about your life right now? What, if anything, would you like to change? I wish I had more control over it. Right now, if I survive another day, I’ll be good.
Sounds ominous. Walk in my shoes, lady. Walk in my shoes.
Join me next week for another Fireside Chat. We’ll be speaking with your father-in-law, Frederick Shepard.