Tuesday, December 26, 2006

The Day After...

The state of TIAH

December 26th, 2006

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Alternate Historian's Note: Welcome back from the holiday weekend! Stephen Payne gives us a personalized look at the day after Christmas, and we continue the second half of our NaNoWriMo novel. We hope that you are enjoying the change in format – let us know how you feel about it in comments or by emailing us. This will be the format of TIAH throughout the holiday season, unless we receive a great outcry about it. Speaking of the Holiday Season, keep in mind those who need help year-round and keep yourselves safe and happy, as well. And, should you feel generous inclinations towards our guest historians, you can visit the sites of those who have separate ones from TIAH; generosity towards us here at the Academy is always appreciated, too, and you can find ways to help us out all over the site. Right now, we'd appreciate a lead on a good day job, but my lovely Co-Historian could also use some more memory on her PC, if anyone feels generously inclined. (It's PC133-style – yes, it's an old machine). Any good wishes you have towards us can be emailed here.

in 0, The malfunctioning Hussein-Saddat time dilation device delivers the Mullah Elijah Rafsanjani to Central Texas on March 26th, 2005, where he meets the man RAT and his CAT just in time to witness their unbounded joy at the arrival of Little CAT. RAT tells the Mullah that something was missing in this harsh world, but now they are finally fulfilled. The Mullah says he understands, he really does. -entry by Steve Payne from Counter History in Context - You're the Judge!-

Much to Janice's surprise, she didn't find any bugs. She walked into the living room and told everyone gathered there, “Place is clean. Well, except for where they trashed it.”
The three strangers had left quite a mess behind. Steph had almost screamed when she saw what they had done to their clothes, the contents of her kitchen, and anything else that had been in a container. She had been picking things up since she walked in, and everyone except for Janice had been helping her for the entire hour that it took Janice to run through the house with the bug detector.
“Let me check the phone,” she said, walking over to the kitchen hand set and sweeping the detector over it. A light lit up on it, and it let out a small beep. “OK.” She picked it up and quickly disassembled it, much to Steph's dismay. “Don't worry, I can put it back together. We used to do this all the time in this club I belonged to a couple years ago; I knew all that practice'd come in handy one day.” Deftly, she located a small metal object that had been attached to a few wires and pulled it out. True to her word, she then put the rest of the phone back together. She handed the hand set to Steph, who heard a comforting dial tone.
Steph hung up the phone and went back to her cleaning. “What were they looking for?”
“Anything they could find; that'd be my guess.” Janice picked up a carton of juice that had been tossed onto the floor, found a glass, and poured herself a drink. She replaced the carton into the refrigerator and sat down at the kitchen table to enjoy the juice. “They didn't come near the jeep, so I'm guessing they don't care about evidence. They just care about the messy little nuisance that we represent.”
Jake sat down next to her. “What kinda nuisance are we?”
“Worst kind, if you're trying to install a military dictatorship. We can call them liars and sound sincere enough for some people to actually believe us.” She sipped at her drink while the others took seats around her. “Now, I don't know what you guys expect to come out of all this, but I'm gonna paint a picture for you.” She looked them all in the eye before continuing. “It's not gonna be pretty, either.”
Joan looked over at her mother. “Do you want us to go to bed?”
“You might as well hear this,” Steph said. She said to Janice, “They're involved, too, right?”
“You better believe it.”
Steph placed a hand on her daughter's head. “Stay here. We're gonna have to go through this together.”

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