July 19 Day Eight: Chapters 43-48
CH 43: Amy
Amy is curled up on her bed with her teddy bear, Amber. Harley gives her a glass of water. Harley feels so guilty for leaving her. Harley says “Isn’t Sol Earth like that. We are all animals”. Amy states “not you, not elder, not me”… Amy states that the “crazy” people seem to be a little less crazy although they are taking advantage of The Season and acting out a little more. She is so confused by why some are so taken by The Season and some are merely acting out. Amy is very traumatized by what happened to her and what could have happened. Harley tries to comfort Amy but she wants to be left alone.
Amy wants her daddy to hug her and protect her. She wants to feel her mom comfort her. She tries to lay down but can’t as he is reminded of what happened. She tries to walk out the door and can’t do it as she is scared. Amy finally gets the courage to leave her room and sprints to the elevator. She goes down to the Cryo level. Amy runs to her parents. She drops to her knees and just sits there. She is so conflicted. She opens up her mom and dad’s doors. She sees their glass coffins. She whispers to them “I need you”. Amy continues to stare and speak to her parents. She starts to cry and yells at them that she needs them. She tells them it is weird here and she does not understand.
Amy wants to thaw out her parents and realizes they are too important to risk thawing them out. They are too important to the new Earth with their scientific skills. She pushes them back in to let them stay put.
1. Do you think Amy made the right decision to not thaw out her parents?
CH 44: Edler
There is a water pump on the 4th floor, Elder is confused at first. He states it is old. Eldest and Doc wonder how he knows about it. It is designed to add something to the water. He sees a thick, syrupy liquid being infused into the water. Eldest and Doc say it was part of the original design. They use it to provide substance to the population and birth control. During The Season, they take out the birth control and add in hormones to help them during The Season. Eldest is happy with Elder as he is starting to question things like an Eldest should. Elder accuses Eldest of being in the Cryo chamber. Eldest is very upset that Elder would accuse him of killing the frozens. He then starts speaking about the 3rd discord. Elder shouts back at him, asking how all this stuff is exists but he knows nothing about it. He calls Elder a fool. Elder is not convinced that Eldest did not do it though.
1. What do you think about the chemicals being put in the water?
CH 45: Amy
Thinking about last date with Jason, they were really together. They went out for supper and Amy runs into a gal in the bathroom. The girl tells Amy that Jason cheated on her last year and does not know how Jason keeps track of all of his girls. Amy is distraught over this. The girl then asks Amy is she is Cristin. Amy says no and wonders who the heck Cristin is. Amy wants to ask Jason about this all but does not. She remembers telling Jason goodbye that night. She questions who he was texting earlier that night and what his friends meant by the “big plans” they had next Saturday. Amy now regrets not demanding the truth.
1. What does this chapter tell you about Jason?
CH 46: Edler
Elder is looking for Amy and Harley says Amy wants to be left alone. Elder sees the dark bruise on Harley and reminds himself to ask Doc about the last time Harley took his other special meds to keep his dark moods controlled. Elder runs into Orion. Elder gets the feeling that Orion is trying to tell him something. After researching, Elder finds some symbols that do not make sense. Victria does not seem to care that it is old. Elder remembers a few days back when Orion showed him the old plans of the ship. How all the levels were different. How they have evolved. This is the second time that Orion has led him to a new discovery of the ship.
Victria watches the couple on the steps. She asks Elder if he thinks they are in love. Elder says no. Victria says it is not human nature because she is not like the couple on the steps. She admits that she would only do that with someone…she trails off. Elder starts thinking of how right she is. Victria asks Elder if he thinks the couple is ever happy because she never is. Orion brings in the newest picture and it is Elder, not Eldest. Orion hangs up. It is almost time for Eldest to step down and Elder to step up. The painting was done by Harley, Elder can tell. Elder never posed for it and does not think it looks like him at all. Orion says it looks like a leader. Elder does not agree. A leader would know what to do!
1. Elder is beign told that it will be time to be Eldest soon. How do you think he feels about that?
CH 47: Amy
Not able to shower away the memories and bruises from the previous day. Elder kissed her in the garden. Was that a real kiss? It had been real to her, but was it to Elder? Amy questions The Season. She wonders if there is something in the water, food or air. She then thinks that Doc should see this as not normal. Amy goes to see Doc to speak to him about this. Each room looks like a gynecologist office. Amy wants to know why all these women are here. It has only been a day. Could they all be pregnant already? The nurse determines that Amy is not there due to The Season. No one speaks to her. Amy asks the nurse about only having one doctor. Amy enters a room with a woman propped up in the stirrups. Amy covers her eyes and says she is sorry. The doctor says it is ok and to come in. He then asks the woman is she minds. He says of course not. Amy is weirded out by this!!! This woman does not care at all that Amy is there. Amy asks Doc about The Season as he continues his exam. Amy tries to talk to the woman on the table. She asks if she is happy, the woman replies “I am not unhappy”. Amy says “Don’t you see this is not normal”. The Doc questions what Amy is speaking of. The device the Doc is using states the levels of her hormones and various other stats. He tells Phillimina that she is pregnant. Amy does not understand how he can know. Doc says that all the signs show she is primed to be pregnant. He takes out a huge needle. He states this will help make the baby stronger and healthier. Amy knows that this is not right. All I did was give the baby a little DNA change to get rid of the incest deformalities. Amy runs out of the room. She knows that this is wrong, no matter what Doc says.
1. Amy is so insightful as she knows how life on Sol Earth was and knows this is not normal. Why do you think that Doc is trying to convince Amy of this?
CH 48: Elder
Elder is very suspicious of Orion. He is speaking of Hellish ice & how he has access. Edler is confused. He asked Orion what he knows. He was the one that led Elder to Amy. Orion then asks Elder “what do you know”?
1. What role do you think Orion is playing at this point?