Having gone through the worlds created by my classmates, I found Shannon’s one the most interesting. Not too sure why, but it might just be a twisted fantasy to wonder about how your own environment would be appear and feel like after it undergoes the ravages of war.
In this day and age, however, this may not just be a fantasy….
Adapted from SG97 by Shannon.
The Panel convened at 0100 hours sharp.
Earlier in the evening, a stranger appeared at the gate of the community bearing nothing but a document. He was, of course, wearing the protective gear necessary for survival in this environment.
Quietly, he passed the document, encased in a stained clear folder with “Bedok Primary School | Children’s Day 2040” silkscreened on it, to the sentinel stationed at the gate.
Keith double-chained the gate as per the Community’s lockdown protocol, then sprinted back to the main building and bounded up the staircase.
Round the third-floor lobby, he hurried to the staff room and passed the envelope to Wen Ting at the desk.
“He didn’t say much to me, except to point at the sky as if to remind me that it was already 6pm”, Keith uttered breathlessly.
“Okay, this might be good news for the Community. I’ll bring the letter to Terrence,” said Wen Ting. “We’ll let you know soon, alright? Have a break and get your replacement to take over the gate duty.”
Wen Ting knocked on Terrence’s door. As the second and incumbent President of the Community, he had the privilege of having his own office. Unsurprisingly, the door was labelled “PRINCIPAL”.
Using his combat knife, Terrence ripped through the string that kept the envelope closed. He gingerly removed the document from the envelope and pored through its contents.
We’re a community located in the East and have been looking around for similar groups that survived the Disaster.
On one of our longer reconnaissance trips last week, we noticed some activity around your area and discovered your community.
This being a rare opportunity, we hope to be able to join in an alliance with your community, for the betterment of both our groups. We would be able to pool together our limited material and human resources, and hopefully find other communities to rebuild society.
I will send a small party of members from my community to rendezvous with you tomorrow. For the best of our communities, I hope you will have a fruitful meeting with my representatives.
The members of the Panel filed into the room and settled down on the creaky wheeled chairs.
“As you all might have heard, a separate community has established contact with us. The purpose of tonight’s emergency meeting is to discuss our next course of action, since they intend to visit us later in the day,” said Terrence.
(to be continued)