We’re back in New Detroit for another chat with someone from the year 2025. Please help me welcome Sgt. Sarah Miller!
Hello Sgt. Miller!
Hey! You can call me Sarah.
Cool! If you had a free day with no responsibilities and your only mission was to enjoy yourself, what would you do? Easy question. I’d find me some sand and soak up some sun.
I recall a similar answer from another Riza soldier. You must be talking about Mark Carter.
Yes. You know him, right? Are we talking the biblical sense? [She laughs.] Mark and I have spent some time together. What did he say about me?
Nothing bad. He said you were intelligent and didn’t put up with his BS. He’s full of it, too. Oh man! He’s arrogant and thinks he’s the latest gift to women. Honestly, he’s a guy with too many ghosts haunting him. Any woman should think twice before permanently hooking up with him. Humph. Even a casual encounter with him can get messy.
Care to elaborate? Better not. Let him air his own dirty underwear.
Okay. Let’s move on then. What impression do you make on people when they first meet you? People take one look at my blonde hair and think I’m a pushover. They get surprised when they try crap with me. It’s 2025 but the military is still a hard, unkind place for women. You have to be stronger than the men in every way or you’ll crumble.
If you could spend the day with someone you admire, who would you pick? My Mom. I don’t see her nearly enough being Riza.
Is there anything you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t done? What would happen if you did it? Just be a girl. Know what I mean? No show of strength. Let my hair hang down. Giggle for no reason. Shop till I drop. Have a girl’s night out… It’ll never happen. I can’t walk away from Riza without committing treason.
Pretend for a moment. What would you do and who would you do it with? Remember that beach wish? That would be the first thing I’d do. I’d bring my Mom and Suze along. We’d spend the day just playing and having a really good time. No worries. No responsibilities. And at the end of the night… I might hang with a certain Riza soldier. Not mentioning any names. [She winks.]
What’s the worst thing that’s happened in your life? Honestly? Enlisting.
Why did you do it? The benefits. A regular paycheck, a roof over my head, and real food. I never knew my father. Mom worked two jobs trying to take care of me and little sister. Once I became a soldier, Mom got a new safe place to live. I can afford to give her money so she doesn’t have to work so hard.
Admirable. What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done to someone? I’m a soldier. I’ve done plenty of bad things. Can’t dwell on it.
What’s the most important thing in your life? My family. And making sure Suze doesn’t enlist.
Is that your sister? Yeah. Susan’s in her third year at the learning center. She wants to go into medicine. I’ve been putting aside money to help her. If she continues to excel in her studies, the New Order will pay for her education.
Finally, something good the New Order does. The government has done a lot of good for our country. Of course, there’s a lot of work that needs to be done. But it isn’t all bad in the AR.
How do you feel about your life right now? What, if anything, would you like to change? If I had better options, I wouldn’t have joined Riza. I hated math and science in school. Menial labor isn’t my cup of tea.
So what would you have done? I love to dance. I’m not talking about that club stuff or stripping. I’m talking really dancing. I’d have to leave the country and find some place where creativity isn’t banned and they still make real music. When I was a kid, I used to dream of going to Brazil. The music, the food, the dancing. I don’t even know if the country still exists.
Still exists? Global warming… a lot of countries turned into islands when the oceans rose. That’s how we lost a lot of this country. The original coastal areas are gone. Does California exist in your time?
Of course. We have all 50 states. Well, the AR has less than 30. Everyday another part of the continent slips under water. The New Order has scientists working on solutions. There’s talk of building the country up. Something akin to putting us up on stilts.
Interesting. Anything you care to add? Nope. I’m on leave. Headed to New Detroit to check up on Mom and Suze.
Well, safe travels and thank you for chatting with me today.
And that concludes this round of Fireside Chats.
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