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The Science center

 

Five months went by and all traces of the previous year's attack had disappeared from the city's day to day life. The military presence and the EBI supervision that had followed the attack was only a faint memory.

It was spring, and everything had started anew.

The population of Excolopolis grew day by day. The employees of new multinational arrivals mostly brought their families, who came with the same demands and needs that they had been accustomed to in their previous homes. Meeting those demands proved to be simple as the city administration put the bar of excellence far above that expected by the new residents. In the neighboring areas, around the northern lake, there were three separately themed, eighteen-hole golf courses with hotels connected to golf clubs and a marina. Sports facilities were extended to include a sports complex where, for winter sports, a small mountain was constructed with an indoor ski lift, mountain cross-country trails, and toboggan tracks that awaited snow lovers.

Young people soon discovered and took possession of the sport facilities and clubs that had already been created, and city teams began to form. There was almost no need for any recruitment. Youngsters were desperate to continue playing the sports that they had left behind because of relocation.

Excolopolis had grown to a level where its initial teething problems had been addressed and it was no longer just connected to one man's name. Gradually the misconceptions about the city were laid to rest; the world began to recognize that there was a new city to talk about, a city to travel to, to organize tourist programs in, to develop a career in, to start entrepreneurship and to come up with ideas in. Day by day, the city gained international acceptance too, though Sean Steersman still remained an enigma.

Most were able to adapt seamlessly to the rules of Excolopolis and the majority loved their new lives, but there were some who rebelled against it in defiance. Most of them were young people, yet nobody could work out what their problem was. Perhaps it was frustration caused by relocation or difficulties with integrating into the new society, but as far as they were concerned, there was only one person to blamed: Sean Steersman.

The groups were ethereal and constantly changing, their activities consisting of rebellious street gang activity and the production of video blogs, like volunteer investigative journalists. In theory, they were investigating the mysteries that surrounded their target, both for themselves and for the people whom they, so to speak, represented.

The only gang worth mentioning was led by Jeff Hayes who was followed by two permanent gang members, Patricia Griggs and Archer Pineda. New members joined from time to time and were given part time jobs, but no one really wanted to spend their lives investigating someone that they never seemed to be able to catch red handed.

The first big break came one showery April day, at the start of spring break. The morning sun was beginning to dry the moisture from the ground, with colored reflections playing in the low-lying mists, and fresh clean morning air bathed streets.

 

The Gang

The sound of Jeff's huge GMC pickup shattered the peaceful silence. One of the characteristics of the entire city residential area was that it had been built on a man made range of hills that rose up to quite astonishing heights. Perfectly tended lawns—dotted with ancient trees and sculptures—covered the landscape.

Jeff's seven liter monster climbed the steep hill, windows vibrating, and turned into the street where Patricia lived. Pat was waiting for him outside because she knew her parents were not really over the moon about Jeff. They disapproved of him and they disapproved of the fact that she spent almost every minute of her free time with him.

She jumped into the truck and they were off on the way to Archie's who lived couple of blocks down the road. Originally Spanish speaking, Archer's family were far more enthusiastic about Jeff, especially Archer's dad, who worked as head gardener for the city.

 

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CHAPTER 1 | EXCOLOPOLIS
CHAPTER 2 | MACHINES
CHAPTER 3 | A NEW TECHNOLOGY
CHAPTER 4 | ATTACK
CHAPTER 5 | THE SOURCE
CHAPTER 7 | UNIVERSITY CITY
CHAPTER 8 | GLIDECRAFT
CHAPTER 9 | SECTOR TWO
CHAPTER 10 | THEY KNOW WE ARE HERE
CHAPTER 11 | GRAVITOR
CHAPTER 12 | INSTALLATION
CHAPTER 13 | ENERGY WAR
CHAPTER 14 | AFTERSHOCKS
CHAPTER 15 | INITIATION
CHAPTER 16 | PREPARATION
CHAPTER 17 | DEFENSE CORPS
CHAPTER 18 | TRUTH
CHAPTER 19 | BEYOND EARTH