We’re back in New Detroit for another chat with someone from the year 2025. Please help me welcome…
Please don’t announce my name. Remember our agreement?
That’s right. Can I just refer to you as Dr. X?
If you had a free day with no responsibilities and your only mission was to enjoy yourself, what would you do? Great question. I haven’t had an enjoyable day in a very long time.
Why is that? Numerous reasons. I’ve been hiding out. People think I’m dead.
Is that something you want? People to think you’re dead, that is? A necessary belief. You’ll find it hard to believe, but yes, I need people to keep believing it. My death serves a purpose.
Care to elaborate? I wish I could. Telling you could have dire consequences for the AR.
Okay. Let’s move on then. What impression do you make on people when they first meet you? Secretive, a force to be reckoned with.
Is that an accurate assessment? Yes.
If you could spend the day with someone you admire, who would you pick? There’s a loaded question. I don’t think I can answer that without giving myself away.
Can we talk about the person you were before you… uh… died? I think so.
Did you have a family? Yes. I was a wife and mother.
How about your work? Did you work outside of the home? I did. Let’s just say I worked with computers.
So you’re not a medical doctor? No. I have a PhD in technology.
You said you were a mother. I’m assuming the child’s with the father. Technically, no. That man has been out of the picture for years. Actually, our child never knew him.
Did he die? Unfortunately, the bastard still lives and breathes and he’s in charge of way too much.
[I scoot to the edge of my seat and lean forward.] Can you tell me more? I can’t tell you what he does. That would be a disaster. I will tell you the man was possessive and abusive. The first chance I got I took our child and ran. The only good thing the man ever did, beside father a child, was to look out for it. He’s made sure our child has remained safe all these years.
So, if you were ‘alive’, you’d still be married to him? No. I remarried. Just between us, he wasn’t a whole lot better than my first choice.
Do tell. My you’re nosy… He wasn’t abusive nor possessive. Instead, he was married to his work. I couldn’t compete. He even cheated on me. But, hey, turnabout is fair play… I cheated on him. Mine was an act of desperation. Unfortunately, I think my husband loved the woman.
I’m guessing that preceded your death. Did you leave him before you ‘died’? No. I didn’t want my child to suffer. Can we talk about something else?
Is there anything you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t done? What would happen if you did it? Oh there’s plenty I want to do. But the things I have in mind will change our world. It will be a better place for all,though.
What’s the worst thing that’s happened in your life? I think my faked death qualifies.
What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done to someone? Once again, the death thing…
Yeah. Moving on… What’s the most important thing in your life? Right now it’s keeping a certain young lady alive. She’s stubborn and determined in her belief that she can orchestrate things.
Care to explain? Sorry. Privileged information.
How do you feel about your life right now? What, if anything, would you like to change? I wish my life could have gone differently. My first husband… I loved that man, a part of me still does. He’s one of those charismatic types. He’s mesmerizing. The type of man who could lead you anywhere and you’d believe it was your idea.
If I could change things, I’d change our history. Find some way to make our relationship work. And… let him know his child.
Anything you care to add? Not really. Maybe we can schedule another one of these chats when I’m able to disclose more.
I look forward to it!
Join me next time for another Fireside Chat. We’ll be speaking with another character from the future—a Riza member, Sgt. Sarah Miller.
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