TITLE: Ham Radio Hero
GENRE: YA Science Fiction
After pulling my pink sweater around my shoulders, I opened the document in my inbox titled, Directives for the imminent attack by The Winds. I read what I already knew in the executive summary: The terrorists’ attacks had started in California. The Middle-Eastern faction now controlled areas in over half of the United States of America. In the appendix, a map pinpointed the westerly towns with destroyed bases and nearby damaged towns. The summary spelled out what we’d already guessed and feared: Our base had been prioritized as the next probable target. As I read, I mentally rehearsed Wright Pattterson’s lock-down procedures. The last pages showed a chart with the frequency of the attacks, and a final summary concluded no pattern had been established. In other words, we didn’t know exactly when to expect an encounter with the enemy.
Some coworkers called home to talk to a loved one, perhaps for the last time. Many of the women wandered off to the restroom with tissues in hand. I needed to move, and when the youngest project manager in my area headed toward the water cooler, I followed. The janitors kept our water cooler corner sparkling clean. While inhaling the scent of floor wax, I recalled everyone in the office called the project manager’s name, Tellie, short for Telisha, and behind her back they called her Tellie-communications.
Tellie leaned against the wall and stretched her neck from one side to the other.