July 17 Day Seven: Chapters 37-42
Amy states she never packed anything. She has no idea what is in her trunk. Elder gives her all 3 trunks. The first one is her moms. She thinks she can smell her moms perfume and realizes it was only a memory. There are numerous pictures in the trunk. Amy finds a cross necklace that belonged to her grandmother in her mom’s trunk. Elder asks Amy is she seriously believed in those “fairy tales”. Amy responds that the ship is named GODSPEED. Elder says it only means luck, Amy disagrees. Her Dad’s trunk is filled with books, notebook & pencils. Amy finds her teddy bear in her dad’s closet.
1. What is the name of Amy’s teddy bear?
2. What is so significant about Amy’s trunk being empty?
Amy chooses a few items from her parent’s trunks. She chooses her teddy bear and a photo. Elder is trying to convince Amy that she has all she needs on the ship. Amy then hears a noise and starts running, telling Elder and Harley to hurry up. She finds a frozen female #63. Elder wi com’s Doc to get him to the Cryo lab ASAP. Amy wants them to refreeze her. She does not want her to wake up and be alone. Elder is upset that Amy still feels like she is alone. Doc gets there and determines that the frozen lady has not been out very long. He plugs in his floppy. He frowns. He then switches it back to green & puts it back into the wall. He states that she is fine & they caught her in time. Harley has walked down aisle on the other side. Doc asks how they knew about this woman. Amy explained that she heard it open. Harley keeps hollering at them to come to the 20s row. They find a man that has been removed and he is no longer frozen. They are too late. He is dead.
1. Who do you think is pulling the frozens out and leaving them for dead?
Mr Kennedy used to work with Amy’s mom. She knew him. He was a pervert. . Doc thinks he was pulled out during the night. Amy feels guilty for running in the rain and taking a hot shower while Mr Kennedy was drowning. Doc pulls up his information on the floppy. Mr Kennedy, weapons specialist. Amy wonders how many more frozens will be removed and left to drown, just like her but she survived.
1. Even though Amy did not like Mr Kennedy, seeing his dead in the box had to be very hard on her. How do you think she was feeling during this time?
Harley and Elder dumps the body out of the hatch. Harley stares at the stars and all Elder sees is Mr Kennedy’s bloated body. Elder has a vision of Harley jumping out of the hatch, after Mr Kennedy’s bloated body. Doc tells Amy, Elder & Harley to keep this all a secret. Do not tell anyone else about the level, the bodies or the hatch. He goes to the wi com and Edler stops him from calling Eldest. Elder makes Doc look up to him. Doc says “You are the Elder” meaning he will have to answer to Eldest. Edler discourages Doc from calling Eldest and states that he has the authority to do so. He then takes Docs floppy from him. He is secretly looking so no one can see him. He is looking to see who has accessed the cryo level during the timeframe. Only one person on the cryo level besides them, Eldest.
1. do you think it is a good idea to allow Eldest and Harley to dispose of the body? Do you feel this dehumanitizes the deceased frozen one?
Amy nows sees Elder as the leader he is meant to be. He has started standing up straighter and has changed his whole attitude. Amy thinks it must be strange for Elder to be the youngest on the ship and expect people to look at him like a leader. Amy asks Harley to take her to the Garden that Elder showed her. Harley is puzzled as he thinks Amy should be concerned about herself, as she is like a fish out of water. They walk into the garden and smell the sweaty, musty scent of sex. Harley says FREX as a nearly naked couple bumps into him. They decide to just go back in. After being frozen, Amy is seriously claustrophobic. Harley goes to get his paints and Amy decides to run. Everyone is so occupied she does not feel like it would be a problem. She is disturbed by all the people having sex all around her I the wide open. She hears a voice “It’s her” and she knows it is her they are speaking of. Feeders, but she does not know them. She recognizes the 3rd one as Luthe. He yells “Hey freak” at her and she starts walking faster. Luthe states he wants a freak. Amy panics and full blown runs. She trips over a couple making love. She tries to get up but one of the large men is on top of her, pinning her to the ground. The other feeder grabs her wrists. Luthe approaches her body. She tries to yell HELP ME to the couple having sex right beside her. They do not help her. Luthe rips off her shirt and undershirt. She is exposed and terrified. Luthe buries his face in her chest. All three men are groping her and touching her. Amy starts to cry and sees the blank look in the eyes of the feeders. Luthe is smiling showing all his teeth. He knows fully well what he is doing and he likes it. The man holding her ankle starts to pull down her pants and she kicks him in the face. Luthe then starts to pull at her pants too. The man holding her hands starts to kiss her and she bites him & screams! “Little Fish, Amy” Harley yells. Amy yells back. Harley attacks the feeders. Two run away but Luthe stays to fight. He hits first but Harley hits harder. Harley grabs Amy’s hand and they run and run. They are being chased by Luthe. Pretty soon, Amy no longer hears Luthe’s footsteps but clings to Harley like he is a rope.
1. Did you expect this to happen to Amy?
2. Why is Luthe different than the rest of the feeders according to what Amy observes?
Orion told Elder the only way to get around Eldest is to be sneaky. He has never had to before. He checks Harley’s records. He sees that Elder/Eldest is showing as being on the floor when Elder was not. Elder goes into Doc’s other lab. He sees these gelatinous globs. Doc states they are embryos and when they land, they will breed them. They are different animals as they did not know what they would find on the new planet so they brought them from Sol Earth. Eldest and Doc then explain how they need to monitor The Season not only to prevent incest and birth defects but to also make sure that they have talent built into the genetic pool. Eldest and Doc explain to Elder that when he becomes Eldest, he will also have to be responsible for making sure that the ship has all the correct genetics in the people on the ship. Elder worries that when they injected him with the leadership goo, they didn’t inject enough. He does not have the confidence in himself that Eldest seems to have now.
1. Does this chapter make you see Doc and Eldest in a new light? Do you wonder why they are hiding things from Elder?
Stay tuned for Chapters 43-48