Welcome to Scribd. Sign in or start your free trial to enjoy unlimited e-books, audiobooks & documents.Find out more
Download
Standard view
Full view
of .
Look up keyword
Like this
0Activity
0 of .
Results for:
No results containing your search query
P. 1
Lake Zero

Lake Zero

Ratings: (0)|Views: 4|Likes:
Published by Humberto da Silva
A rag tag band of nuclear guerillas will not let their lake be pumped to the US....
A rag tag band of nuclear guerillas will not let their lake be pumped to the US....

More info:

Published by: Humberto da Silva on Apr 02, 2012
Copyright:Attribution Non-commercial

Availability:

Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
download as PDF, TXT or read online from Scribd
See more
See less

04/02/2012

pdf

text

original

 
LAKEZER
,ETONATE,"Zaredscreamedintotheradiomike.ButYolandewasn'tlisteninganymore.Herflatvoicejustcontinuedutteringnonsense:
n
newconstellation...starsinperfectsymmetrygrowingbrighter...dawn...."Zaredkeyedthemikeagain:
"It
won'tbedawnformonths,Yo.ForChrist'ssake,DETONATE!DOITNOWH""...allthenewsuns....
n
Yolandecontinuedasifinrapture.Then,behindherdrone,Zaredheardthescreeching.Anunmistakablesound.He'dseenthemontheWarChannel;Martin-MariahCorporation'snew,satellite-targeted,Anti-PersonnelSubmunitions."DETONATE!!"Zaredscreamed.Butwhenhelistenedagain,hersignalwasdead.Heknewthenthathistimehadcome.
It
wastimetoblowuphislake.ZaredhadgrownfamiliarwithYolande,hiscoun-terpartatGreatBearLake,duringthelonghourswhentheradiochannelhadtobekeptopen.RadiosecuritybecamelaxafterEdmontonwasbombed.Whenacitycouldbeflattenedtorootoutasmallgroupofsupposedterrorists,stayingofftheradiowasn'tgoingtoprotectyou.ZaredhadlistenedtoYolandeintentlyastheybothstoodwatchovertheirlakesthroughtheendlessarcticnights.Her
franglais,
loadedwithendearingmala-propisms,hadremindedhim,bittersweetly,ofManon,whosevoicehewouldneverhearagain.ZaredneverthoughtthatYolandewastherighttypeforaTerminalOptionOfficer.Shewassohopeful.Alwaystalkingofbetterdays.ShehadbeenamathprofessorinMontrealwhentheWorldTradeOrganizationtroopshadmarchedinto"facilitatetrade."LabelleprovincebecameTradeQuebecCorp.,asovereigntradingstate,and,withacourtorderundertheFreeTradeAgreementoftheAmericas,transna-tionalcorporationsgotperpetualrightstothewaterandpower.Yolande'shusband,arobotprogrammer,losthisjobwhentheHondaplantshiftedproductiontoMaquil1aGuatemalaS.A
'09,
foraccesstocheapnuclearpower.Thatlefthimwiththesamechoiceaseveryotherunemployedmanundertheageof30:tobeconscriptedfortheWTOWarOnProtectionism,ortoimmigratesomewherewhereitwaspossibletoearnenoughtopaytheexemptionfee.HewasallowedtosignonforajobintheAcadiaFreeTradeZone,
AShortstory
providedthatYolanderemainedinQuebec,andthattheexemptiontaxesgotpaidregularly.Sheneversawhimagain."Industrialaccident"wasthecausegivenonthedeathcertificatethattheymailedtoher,alongwiththeboxofashes.Butshefiguredthecauseofdeathwasbreachofcontract.Yolandehadalwaysknownthatherhusbandwouldn'tbeabletostomachthefast,loosekindofindustrypractisedintheAFTZ.Aftersixmonthshewouldwanttocomehome.Theytoldhimhehadathree-yearcontractandhecouldgohomewhen
it
wasfinished.Hesoughthelpfromanorganizationoper-atingonthemarginsofthenewlegislationagainsttraderestriction.AtankshelltookouthiscarashesignedaunioncardinaWal·Martparkinglot.Whenshegottheashes,Yolandeflednorthtothewastelands-freeCanada.RogueCanadianArmyunitsweresaidtobeoperatingupthereindefianceofthebanonnationaltroops.Nowshewasdead,too.Deliveredfromherterribledutybyafoot-longRayDeonCorp.SAPcruisemissile,droppedfromaBellStarAircraftCorp.drone,andflownfromspacepackingtwokilosoffuel-airexplosivemanufacturedbyAllianceChemical,Zaredstuckhisheadoutofthetrenchandlookedtowardthenorthernhorizon.HehopedtoseetheflashthatwouldtellhimthatYolandehaddoneherdutybeforeshedied.Notaflash;justafadingglowlikeadistantcity,ortheAuroraBorealis.Hecheckedtheseis-mograph;thelinewasflatterthanSaskatchewan.
In
thefinalmomentsofherlife,Yolandemusthavelovedherlakemorethanhercountry.GreatBearLakewouldnowbeinthehandsoftheWTO,whowouldhandittothecorporationswhowonthe
FTM
decision.AftertheirSpecialForceshadsecuredthelake,theBechtech-VivaldiWaterCorp.engineersandtheirsubcontractorswouldmoveinandbuildareactor,aswellasanaqueductnetworktoCalifornia,andthenpumpthelakesouth.ByRANDAKCorporation'sbestestimate,itwas372days'worthoffreshwater(grossing
$6.3
trillionU.S.peryear)GreatSlaveLakewouldbeanother296days'worth.Buttheywon'tgetit,thoughtZared.Notevenovermydeadbody.HereturnedtothedugoutandpickeduptheDetonationUnit.
It
wasanaluminumboxthesizeofa
By
HurnbHftndaSilva
OURTIMES
2003MAY
I
J
UNE
33
 
toaster,withashort,rubberantennaontop.Onthefrontwasakeyswitch,anamberlight,aredlightandtworedbuttons.Thebuttonswereplacedfarapartandspring-loadedsothatthethumbsofbothhandshadtobeusedinordertodepressthem.ZaredhadtapedhisonlypictureofManonbetweenthebuttons.Shewassmiling.Itwasasummerday.Thesun
In
herhair....
If
thekeyWasturned,theamberlightwouldcomeontoshowthatthedevicewasarmed.Ifbothbuttonswerehelddownforfiveseconds,theredlightcameon.
If
thebuttonswerehelddownforanotherthreeseconds,two50-megatonSovietSS-20missilewarheads,hiddeninashippingcontainerweightedwithcobaltminingslagatthebottomofthelake,wouldgooffinalltheirColdWarglory.
In
aninstant,oneofthelastsignificantbodiesofunsul-liedfreshwaterintheworldwouldbecomeacloudofglowingsteam.Zaredinsertedhiskeyandturnedit.Theamberlightcameon.Heheardfootstepsinthetrench.HeputtheDUdownandgrabbedhisrifle.WhenSuhoenteredthedugout,Zaredrecognizedhimintimetonotblowhisheadoff."Loseit,"Zaredsnapped.Suhodroppedhisrifle.''Whatdoyouwant?"ZaredkepthisownweaponlevelledatSuho'ssolarplexus.Suhowas22,oneoftheyoungestmembersoftheunit.HehadbeentwoyearsoldwhenhisfamilymovedtoVancouverfromHongKong.TheywereallinternedwhenChinarefusedtojoinaTradingBlocandlostitsMostFavouredTradingPartnerstatus.Large-scaleeconomicterrorismhadbeenfearedafteritwasrumouredthatChineseagentswerefundingprolongedstrikesinWestCoastports.Millionsof"alien"ChinesewerestrippedoftheirassetsandthenhadtobesenttoRefugeeProtectionCentres.Therationalewastoprotectthemfromthethousandsofracistkillingsthattookplaceatthehandsofjoblessmobs.Butthehatewaswhippedupbythecorporatemedia.("...manyChineseareexcellentFTAABlocCitizens,buteconomicterroristsmaybeamongthem.Asaneconomicprecaution,inordertoprotectoureconomyandourjobs....")SuhohadbeenliberatedfromthePrinceGeorgeCentre.
"l..
J..
ustwantedtoknowifitwastruethatGreatBearhadfallen,"Suhosaidbreathlessly,hisfaceanakeddisplayoffear.ThedisplayofemotionsstruckZaredasaseriousbreachofdiscipline.Suhoshouldknowbetter.KnowingthatbothheandSuhowouldsoonbedeadanyway,Zaredhopedhewouldn'thavetoshoothim."Suho,youknowyou'renotallowedinhere.Withaweapon,noless.Icouldkillyou."Suhosuddenlyrememberedprocedureandrealizedhowclosehehadcometobeingkilled:"I'm
OUR1'1MES
z
o
S
...
'"
I
::!
 
sony.It'sjustthatIheardthatGreatBearhadfallenandIknewthat'swhenyou...."Zared'srightindexfingertensedonthetrigger.ThenickelhaddroppedforSuho.Hemightnot
be
abletodeliverthegoods."Getoutofhere,"Zaredtoldhimtersely.
JJBut..
_.11
"Butwhat,Suho?Theytookthegas.Theytookthewood.WefarmedourselvesintoadesertwiththatpiranhagenewheatmarketedbyAndersonDenverIndustries,andwere-routedeverycleanriversouth.Nowtheywantwhateverwaterthatisn'tacesspoolyet.DoesitstopsomewhereSuho>Ordowejustliedownandforgetweeverhadacountry?"SuhoexaminedZaredwithfrightenedeyes:"Butsir,thisisthelastlake."Zaredshoulderedhisrifleagain."Andit'sabeautifullake,Suho.Cleanandpureasanythingthat'sleftinthissewerofaworld.That'swhyI'mgoingtotumitintoacloudandletitflyaway,free.Nowgetbacktoyourstation,orIwillhavenochoicebuttokillyou."Suhoslowlybenttopickuphisrifle."Leavetherifle,Suho."Suhostraightenedupandstartedwalkingbackwards."Godblessyou,Suho,"Zaredsaid,reflexively,underhisbreath.WithouttakinghiseyesoffZared,Suhobackedoutofthedugout.Zaredhadseenatreacherousdespera-tiontoliveintheyoungfighter'seyes.Hehadseenitbefore.Butheknewtherewasnolongeranypoint.Zareddroppedtooneknee,keepingtheweaponaimedatthedugout'sopening.Hissuspicionswereconfirmedsecondslater,whenSuhorushedbackintothedugoutholdinganoldbullet-firingautomatic.HehadexpectedtocatchZaredbysurprise,buthedidn't.Theoldermanfiredatwo-secondburstfromhis
flechette
riflebeforeSuhoevengotoffashot.Seventy-eightflechettespiercedSuho'schestandabdomen,destabi-lizingonpenetrationandchurningthroughhisbodycavities.BythetimeSuhohitthefloor,hisorgans,musclesandnerveswerepulp.Zareddidn'tmoveforaminuteincaseothermembersoftheunitwereofthesamemindasSuho.WhenhefeltassuredthatSuhowasactingalone,heloweredhisrifle,hunghisheadandclosedhiseyes.Whenheopenedhiseyesagain,heforcedhimselftolookatSuhosface.Mercifully,itregisterednopain;justastonishment.Zaredkneltbesidethedeadfighter."Stupidfool,"hesaidgentlyandclosedthestartledeyeswithhisthumbandforefinger.Zaredhadneverhadtokilloneofhisownpeople(apoliticalofficergotthatchorewhenitwasneces-sary),anditfeltalienandterrible.Killingprobably
should
fedthisway,hethought,butithadn'tforalongtime.Hecouldn'trememberwhenkillinghadbecomesoeasyforhim.Hehadbecomeaterroristbydefault.IntheNewWorldOrder,therewereno
in-betweens,
AfterSeptember
11,2001,
allintermediatefonnsofdissent
OURTIMES
.hadbeensystematicallycriminalized.Powerservedcapitalandnotthepublicwill,and,ifyoudidn'tlikeit,youhadtwochoices:tolivebythegunortodiebythegun.Totheauthorities,therewasnorealdifferencebetweenbeingaprotester,adissidentoraterrorist.Andwhenyouwerecalledaterrorist,werehuntedlikeaterrorist,andknewthatinyourforeseeablefutureyouwoulddielikeaterrorist,youbecameaterrorist.
It
wasn'tachoice.Itwasadefault.AsfarasZaredcouldsee,theNewWorldOrderneededterrorism.
If
terrorismhadn'texisted,someonewouldhavehadtoinventit.Themoreterrorismthebetter.
It
wasgoodfortheGOP!
It
wasagreatlogounderwhichtomanufactureconsent.Still,Zaredcouldn'trememberwhenkillinghadbecomeeasy.He'donlyeverwishedhe'dkilledoneperson,andhehadbeenderelictinhisdutybecauseoflove.HelethishandrestonSuho'sfaceandwassurprisedtofindhimselfaboutto
CTy.
Suddenlyhisconditioningcutin.Heshudderedandstoodupabruptly.
"1amanofficerofthefinaloption,"
heintoned,bobbingslightly,as
if
recitingreligiousverse."1
acceptthesacredtrustojscorchingmynation'sbelovedearth,airandwaterthat
if
mayneverservethecauseofusurynor
be
soldlikechattel
in
themarket..."
ZaredpickeduptheDetonationUnitandhelditwithbothhands.Hewasready.Anhewantednowwasonelastlookatthelake.Heknewthatthiswasbothdangerousandaflagrantviolationofprocedures.ButhisfearofdeathhaddiedwithManon,andheknewthathisonlyjudgewouldbehistory.HepickeduphisAllianceOrdnancerifle,whichwasstillwhirringquietlyasasmallmotorcirculatedcoolantaroundtheshortbarrel.GraspingtheDetonationUnitwithhisfreehand,heleftthedugout.Steppingintothedarktrench,ZaredsawthegunnerSimononhiskneesinfrontofhisdualGeneralElectronicsguns,praying.SimonhadsurelyseenSuhoenteringthedugoutandheardthegunfire.ZaredaimedhisrifleatSimonashepassed,butSimon,deepinprayer,didn'tevenacknowledgehispresence.Zaredheardfamiliarbutanomaloussoundsasheroundedacomer.Hemovedcautiously,rifleready.Inthedark-nesshemadeoutfightersJoshuaandAstridpartiallyclothedandhavingsexagainstthesideofthetrench.Anhouragotheyhadn'tevenlikedeachothermuch,Zaredrecalled.Ashepassedthem,hesawdirtytearsrunningdowntheirfacesastheysoughttolosethem-selvesinonelast,futileactofearthlycommunion.Theirweaponsandbandolierswerediscardedinthemudattheirfeet.Aroundthenextcomer,ZaredencounteredafighternamedOswald,whowasathisstation,keepingwatchoverthelandscapeabovethetrench.Hewaswearingasetofwirelessearphones,whichheremovedhurriedlywhenhesawZared.Oswaldshovedtheearphonesintohispocket,butZaredcouldstillhearBruceCockburn'ssong"Call
It
Democracy"emanatingfromthetwobuds.OswaldwaspuzzledtoseeZaredintheopentrench,pointingarifleathim.
2003MAY/
J
UNE
35

You're Reading a Free Preview

Download
scribd
/*********** DO NOT ALTER ANYTHING BELOW THIS LINE ! ************/ var s_code=s.t();if(s_code)document.write(s_code)//-->