I suddenly become aware of some sort of Honky-Tonk song playing over the headphones, seemingly at high speed. I’ve Been Everywhere by Johnny Cash. It’s a fun song, but I’m not feeling it. I’m not feeling much right now.
I mean, how much of this plan really makes any sense anymore?
I’m just running at this point because I don’t have any clue of what else to do.
I’ve been running all this time, but never once allowing myself to consider the thing I’m running from.
And I don’t want to.
So, I push forward even harder.
Because what else am I going to do?
Seriously. What else can I do?
“I mean, we have to, don’t we?” The Geek says, finally breaking the silence. “Don’t we?”
“I don’t like it,” I answer. “I don’t like any of this. No matter what we do, we’re screwed. No one is on our side anymore. And is it just me who remembers that the SPs were literally trying to kill me just a few hours ago?”
“To be fair,” Eve says softly, “it wasn’t the SPs as much as a few people within their ranks.”
“Sure, whatever, fine. But that still shows how little they care for me. And what about Maxine? You know she can’t be trusted. Not to mention, she just killed Grant!”
“Does it matter?” Eve asks, her eyes locked on an empty patch of pavement directly in front of her. “We’re screwed if we do, screwed if we don’t, aren’t we? No matter what, we don’t really have a place to go.”
“Canada,” I say again. “It’s our only real option.”
“But it’s not an option, Cyrus,” The Geek chides. “It’s just not. There’s no place on this whole earth where Alvin couldn’t find us. Maybe the only option left is to simply get rid of his power.”
“And give it to Maxine?” I ask.
“No, of course not,” Eve growls. “If we manage to get that device, there is no way in hell we are giving it to Maxine or anyone else on this stupid planet. We destroy it, plain and simple.”
“So, what you’re saying is that Maxine is giving us exactly the option we’re looking for?” I say as a lightbulb slowly begins shining in the back of my mind.
“Well, yeah, I guess,” Eve says, her gears spinning as well.
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