Dear Planet Earth,
Sometimes all you need in life is some fried chicken and someone to call you â€œfriend.â€ I was lucky enough to have both yesterday.
Karter, Maria, and I had a nice talk all through the night about the miracle that weâ€™re all still here. It was a dark hotel room and a mostly dark conversation, though I am happy to report that they are very much an â€œitemâ€ now. They told me about the horrors they were put through in the labor camp. They worked sun up to sun down, building thoseÂ strange towers with all the pipes â€” Karter thought they were some sort of power generators because of the heat they gave off.
At night, they all slept together in a large underground cavern. They could feel theÂ red, glowing eyes of the mole people watching them as they slept on the rocky earth, and those same eyes greeted them as they awoke each morning. They carried rifles as big and alien as those towers.
Maria told me a story about a small child who slept near her each night and always cried about food or his mother. His whimpering grew softer and softer each night until one day, he wasnâ€™t there. She didnâ€™t have to ask what happened to him.
There were more stories â€” stories about the starvation, the beatings, the executions â€” but we tried not to focus on that. We tried to focus on the miracle. We justified our feelings of regret, shame, and loss by affirming our shared experiences as humans, allies, and above all, friends.
And then we went down to the kitchen and scored some fried chicken.
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