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Chapter 299 of Book 3 is in the queue

October 3, 2014
Posted at 3:12 pm

This week with Arlene and Jeff:

...Sirens inside the Retreat blared, and the women and Alphas who happened to be there at the time ran to retrieve their pulse rifles from the gun lockers, also grabbing handguns hidden all over the Retreat, everyone hastening to their assigned defensive/safe positions. The AI announced, "THIS IS NOT A DRILL. THIS IS NOT A DRILL."

Kayla, frustrated out of her mind that she was not with her Prime, nevertheless, took up her secondary orders, making sure everyone at the Retreat was armed, in their positions, the children were safe and guarded, and the building was secure. The Retreat's AI was allowed to tap into the feed from Security, so everyone knew what was going on, but Jeff's repeated drills helped to keep everyone calm, even as Kayla cautioned them that what they saw on the monitors could be just a distraction for the real attack from another quarter.

The Alert helicopter began an ever-widening search pattern, and the second gunship rose high above the Retreat, its adapted alien electronics reaching out in search of anything out of the ordinary. Another helicopter, stealthed, crept invisibly over the area well behind the Ready helicopter, its sensors looking for anything the first helicopter might have missed...

Have a goodun;