An American Conflict – Part 2

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Part 1

… and my commitment to you this early morning is that every person responsible for this will rue the day they decided to mess with America.

The International community has reached out to us and is also on high alert. They are working closely with our administration to determine who committed this heinous attack on our country. For right now, we do not know who is responsible. But we are pursuing some leads.

I’ve instructed the Secretary of Defense to update you as new information becomes available.

God bless you all, and may God bless this great American nation.”

Tess and Dale stared at each other dumbfounded. The air in the room became heavier, both feeling like it was getting harder to breathe.

Tess stood up from the bed and moved towards the window. “Wow, this is huge. The whole state of Texas? It was probably one of them Muslim countries, don’tcha think?” There was fear in her eyes.

Dale rose to console Tess. “I don’t know, honey, but don’t worry until we know more, okay?” He put his arms around her shoulders and hugged her tight. She leaned into him and welcomed the comfort of his broad shoulders. They both wondered how long it would be before power was restored.

“Let’s just make some coffee and wake up since we really can’t sleep without cool air. Oh, wait, well shit, can’t do that either,” Dale moaned and desperately thought about how he was going to get a cup of coffee. He wasn’t a boy scout, nor had he ever camped outdoors.

“Dale, I think we need to pack up our car and go to your family’s house in Oklahoma. We have a full tank of gas and will make it there in three hours,” Tess said in a manner that told Dale she was serious. “If the entire state of Texas is down, we live in a rural enough area; it’ll be weeks before they get to us! We can’t survive this out here all alone!”

“I know, you’re right. Let’s pack a week’s worth of clothing since we can always wash them at Mom’s and all our work stuff – computers, headsets, cameras, etc. Man, it’s a good thing we both work from home.”

Both calmed down a bit, thinking this was more just a bit of an inconvenience. What’s one week or even two? They’d be with their family and would enjoy spending time with them. It had been a good while since they’d visited. Now, it felt like they had something to look forward to. Life would continue as it always had, just in a different location. No big deal.

“Road trip!”

TO BE CONTINUED ON WEDNESDAY…

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