Tess rang the doorbell. You could hear the shuffling of feet behind the front door of Dale’s parent’s house. He and Tess were tired from the ride but also, the rush of adrenaline from the early morning excitement had left their bodies. Losing half a night’s sleep didn’t make it any better; the exhaustion was evident on their faces. They were both glad to see his mother open the door even with a bewildered look on her face. She welcomed them in, but they could see she was confused about what they were doing there.
“Why are you here, and why so early in the morning? What’s going on?” Jennifer spoke up quietly, searching their faces for a clue. “And keep your voices down; Dad is still sleeping. He had to work a double yesterday.”
“Well, I hope you don’t mind, but we decided to high-tail it up here because Texas is under a terrorist attack,” Dale said matter-of-factly. “The entire power grid was breached and got shut down. We didn’t want to call you at four in the morning to let you know, but we just knew this would take a while to get rectified. I hope you don’t mind that we decided it would be best to relocate until everything was back to normal.”
“OMG! And we slept right through it!”
“Well, they weren’t bombed, Mom. The terrorists somehow breached the power grid remotely and went in through the computer system, then shut it all down. We figured we’d be safe here and could also work from here instead. Are you okay with us being here?”
“Of course! I’m just in shock right now.”
Tess could see there were still so many questions on Jennifer’s face. “We found out the power went out after the A/C died, and you know how hot it gets in Texas. I woke up in a sweat around 4 AM, then checked the Internet. When I saw that the President had made a nation-wide announcement about the attack, I knew it was serious. They still don’t have very much information other than it was only in Texas, thank goodness. We should probably turn on the news broadcast for more developments.”
“Well, let me go get the bags out of the car and put them in my old bedroom. I’ll meet you in the living room in a minute.”
Both Jennifer and Tess were holding each other’s hands as Dale approached them, hearing the latest news report – “We are told from the field that the Amistad Dam, the ten biggest coal plants, the ten biggest wind farms, and the twelve biggest solar farms have all exploded. All the explosions happened just ten minutes ago. It seems the bombs were all detonated at the same exact time. Emergency personnel from around the state are being called in to help with this situation. The state of Texas will likely be without power in most major cities for weeks, if not months. This situation will hit rural areas harder.”
Tess was shaking her head in disbelief. “Well, I guess we’ll be here a lot longer than I thought,” she said looking at Dale.
TO BE CONTINUED ON THURSDAY…