The idea started to set in that perhaps the Engineer was setting them up to look up to him, like herding sheep. And in an odd way, which he couldn’t explain, Theo was started to look up to him. Although he couldn’t speak for the others, the Engineer seemed more than just intelligent, he acted like he knew something that the others didn’t. The then decided to openly find out what the thing could be. So he asked.
“And do you have any idea what’s wrong with us sir?” No matter how hard he tried to not make it come out wrong, it sounded brash and challenging to everyone heard and the Engineer was forced to retort with same energy.
“Aye, I’ve got a theory or two. Wouldn’t want you losing any sleep trying to figure them out though boy”
And with that the room bursted into lighthearted laughter, over the Engineer’s response. However harmless it was it was challenging Theo’s wit on a level no one else in the room understood. Thus was the beginning of an alliance that would change things completely.
They began to speak outside of the meetings and Theo came to admire the brash and wise Engineer. They spoke of his theories and one in particular. The theory involved the idea that the energy emission f the nation was effected brainwave patterns.
Therefore making certain people “chemically imbalanced”. So they began an underground society which took this theory to heart. Starting with the more rebellious sort at their meetings and then to chat rooms, an underground network of people that recognize that something is up.
And so it is that Theo is co-ringleader of a fairly prominent anarchist society within the streets of New London and all of Oceania . Yet he still can barely sleep. He and the Engineer’s ideas have become more radical, only within a year of meeting each other. It is at this point when they formulate a plot. A plot to make a statement to the govt. of Oceania by shutting down the power grid. They have accumulated the numbers and proper funds and begin to commence the plan. The Engineer found the technology to hack the govt. sys. and to teleport into the Watchtower, which is the stronghold of Oceania EM output. So it is that on October, 16th, 2115 that there society stages riots in every major city in Oceania . And they teleport into the main stronghold of the Watchtower. Theo looks to his left and right he realizes at this point he will be able to put a stop to Oceania EM output and help generations for years to come. It is a glorious moment. It is the moment afterwards that is not quite as glorious. For he falls to the ground from a blow to the back of the head.
Theo awakes with a throbbing pain in the back of his skull; he looks upward from the floor on which he lays. He sees The Engineer sitting at a control panel, and he slowly makes his way up onto his feet. Theo is extremely confused.
“Oh your awake! And just in time for the extravaganza!” Are the words from the Engineer’s wrinkled lips?
“What show do you mean? What the hell happened my head is killing me?” Inquires our poor soul.
“Oh you simply must for give me aye boy? I had some things to do and I couldn’t have you stopping me now could I?”
“You did this but why?”
“Like I said, I had things to do, and you would’ve gotten in the way.”
“Wh-wh-what did you do?” For the first time in two years Theodore’s stutter returns as he is frightened and confused.
“Well you see my boy, I’m from another nation I’ve lived here for fifteen years as a spy and I figured that the best accomplice in destroying a nation would be a desperate man. And boy did I fid one. You will go down in history as one of the great saboteurs of a once great nation.” Rasped Theodore’s elder.
“What have you done?”
“What we have done is let down the power grid long enough for 42 atomic bombs to be dropped over the whole of Oceania ”
Like an insecure child, Theodore chooses rather than to continue conversation he will act upon his animal instincts. And so, Theo grabs a bar on the ground and lunges at the man that has just made him commit mass murder. The bar crushes three of the Engineer’s ribs before he can respond. The Engineer then shoots Theodore in the shoulder. Theo lifts his arms high and beats the living shit out of the man before him.
Theo stands there bleeding and crying still tired, as has been a constant state for the past two years. He wraps up his shoulder making sure to apply pressure to his wound. The Engineer lies on the ground coughing up blood. Theodore walks over and then spits on the dying man’s body. Recognizing how within the past hour he has went from self-proclaimed revolutionary’ to mass murderer and traitor to his nations. All of his innocent followers were accomplices completely unaware. He feels more guilt than any man ever could. Then he speaks.
“I didn’t know that this was happening you hear me, I was just trying to make a statement, I didn’t want any of this. I didn’t know this was going to happen!” The words yelled at his dying betrayer.
And then from his blood chalked lips the Engineers last words are spoken.
”Whatever helps you sleep at night.”
Theodore looks at the control screen indicating that the power grid will fail within five minutes, at which point he assumes that the bombs will drop on a defenseless and innocent nation. Something he feel he orchestrated. He walks over to the corner of the room. And decides that he will lay down until it all goes to hell. He does so and shuts his eyes. And for the first time in two years Theodore Darwin Wicker has no trouble getting to sleep.
Copyright: Xylon Otterburn, 2010