The Subject Part Four

Office of Governor Jillian Dubois (R-AZ)

October 25th.

B: Governor, thank you for seeing me on short notice.
D: Why do you need me to order an evacuation of everyone in a hundred mile radius of Flagstaff?
B: There was an incident at a research facility near that city that might prove a danger to the citizens.
D: What sort of incident?
B: I’m not at liberty to say, but it would be best for people to leave, just for a short while.
D: That is not an answer.
B: Surely you trust the government.
D: Do not be clever with me Agent Brown, Federal personnel have invaded the area around Flagstaff and no one seems to want to answer a straight question. So, I need to know why I shouldn’t just call a press conference to call all of you out.
B: That would just cause panic, and panic can endanger people’s lives.
D: Ignorance can do that just as well. I need to know what is going on. Sonic booms happening outside of air corridors, buildings being destroyed but no one is hurt, a locomotive engine falling from the sky into Agua Fria River.
B: The Federal government would appreciate your cooperation in this matter.
D: I’m going to need some details before I upend the lives of all those people.
B: Governor, I understand. If I were in your place, I’d be asking all the same questions. But honestly, if I told what was really happening, you’d think I was crazy.
D: You’ll pardon my language but that sounds like bullshit.
B: I know, but I’m going to be honest with you, this is going to happen with or without your help. The real question is, are you going to be the Governor who refused the outstretched hand of federal aid in a time of crisis or the one who saved the lives of her constituents with decisive and swift action.
D: God damn you.
B: You should arrange that press conference; FEMA is ready to begin coordinating with your people.
D: People are not going to be happy.
B: That’s not my job.
D: What is your job?
B: Making sure they can still have the option.

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