/* Part 7
Hello everybody! I'm so sorry for the lack of putting out this part earlier today. I was really busy, and unfortunately, it seems that I'll only struggle to write even more in the next week. I have 4 tests to study for, so I'm really sorry guys. Anyways, please enjoy this part.
"So what's our haul?"
These words came from Amy, about fifteen minutes after we left the town. We still had no idea where we were going, but we knew staying in one place wouldn't help get us there. Turns out, today was the day we found out exactly where we had to go.
"We got food, water, a portable CD player, some CD's, and a metric fuckton of batteries. I also got an electricians' toolkit." Jack answered. He was currently driving and seemed more focused on the road.
"Why did we get the radio? Doesn't the car have one?" Amy asked.
"It does, but what can we listen to on it? Apocalypse Radio?" Jack retorted.
"Someone might be broadcasting something. Let's try it." Amy said. She turned on the car's radio and began fiddling with one of the knobs. Her attempts were only met with the harsh sound of static. She cycled through all the available frequencies a few times, then gave up.
"Wait a second," Jack said, mumbling a bit. He began fiddling with the knob. He seemed to find what he was looking for. He stared at the radio's ancient display and slammed on the brakes.
"What in the sweet name of fuck?" I asked him.
"Listen!" He hissed. I heard nothing but static. Jack began imitating a song's melody.
"Take on me... That's not possible." Amy said, also softer.
"We need to boost this thing's antenna. Someone out there is broadcasting." Jack said. With that, he jumped out of the car. He seemed to have a habit of doing that. He clambered to the roof, where the car's antenna was. "I can make it work. We have bags of chips right?"
"Yeah, a few." Amy replied. Jack jumped back down.
"Empty all of them, I'm going to make a frame. I have some wires in my toolkit that should be strong enough." Jack commanded. I understood what he wanted to do. The 'chips' were contained in bags with reflective insides. It might just be able to amplify our signal. I helped Amy open the bags and fold them out. I made quicker progress than her, but I have four 'hands', so I can't really boast. Jack came back with a simple frame and a roll of what looked like rough silver paper.
"That's enough for now. Give me the bags." He took the bags and rolled off some of the silver paper. It seemed to" be strong, with an adhesive on one side.
"Sorry Jack, but what it that?" I asked.
"It's duct tape. Strongest fucking thing in the universe." He answered, absorbed in the task at hand. He finished his rudimentary dish and clambered back to the roof. "Turn up the volume!" He called from atop the car. We did as he instructed. We heard him clambering around. Suddenly the sound came through the speaker system with shocking clarity considering the situation. It was a different song.
"Oh for fuck sake, what are the chances?" Amy said, looking upset.
"We Rickrolled ourselves. Nice timing on that. But I was right." Jack jumped back down. "Someone in that direction is broadcasting." He pointed roughly West-North-West.
"It must be Johannesburg. It's a large city, so someone would have intercepted the bomb, and they'd have the technology to set up a broadcasting system. It's still a miracle we managed to pick it up all the way out here." Amy said.
"We know where we have to go. There'll be people there. Smart people. Much smarter than us. They could help us. We might be able to pull this shit off. Jack said. He removed the antenna from the roof, and static filled the air again. "We can't drive with it up there. It would get blown off." He explained.
For the next eight hours we drove to our newfound destination. All three of our spirits were significantly lifted now that we had a tangible goal to work towards. We met one Klorbian squadron on the road on the way, but we didn't too much time on them. We just drove over them, and Amy demonstrated our new firepower on those who survived. When we arrived in Johannesburg we were surprised to find they had an armed checkpoint set up. they let us through when they saw we were friendlies though. We asked one of the guards to point us to where we could find their group's leader, and he helpfully provided directions.
We arrived at the building the guard directed us too. It was more like a small palace than any conventional building. Jack called it a 'casino'. We entered the building, our weapons with us, but hidden from plain sight. A man approached us.
"Hello, my name is Jerry. I am head of security here. Please, state your business." He said. He seemed perfectly friendly, but something in his voice unnerved me. He had a translator on his head, which made me hopeful I would encounter more of my comrades here.
"My name is Jack. This is Amy and Artho. We're wanderers. We've been going town to town since the invasion started, helping where we can. We came to Johannesburg because we picked up a radio signal coming from here. I would like to speak to your leader. We might have a plan to take back Earth." Jack explained. The guard smirked, but not a happy smirk. It seemed to be laced with pitty for us.
"Follow me," Jerry said. We followed him through a maze of hallways until we reached a big hall, not unlike the one we encountered in Upington. This one was empty, save for one person. He sat on a huge chair on the stage, reading a book. "Sir, I have visitors for you.' Jerry said, before exiting.
"Welcome. Please, come in and make yourselves comfortable. My name is Nick. I'm the king of this little kingdom. What can I do for you?" the man said. He, too, seemed friendly. It was hard to read him due to the sunglasses on his face. Despite not being able to see his eyes I still felt them bore into me.
"I'm Jack, this is Amy and Artho" Jack introduced. "We think we have a plan to take back Earth."
"Oh do you now?" Nick asked. He seemed amused with us, as if we were younglings. I was beginning to feel uneasy about this. "Why don't you elaborate a bit?'
"Well, I figured out how to use their own weapons against them, as well as supercharge them. We also know of a weakness in their defenses. If I can get a scientist, a biologist, an electrical engineer, basically anyone smart, we might be able to flesh this out enough to work." Jack explained.
"Oh is that all?" Nick asked. His grin turned to a shit-eating one.
"Well, I'll also need one of their manned ships. Intact. We'll need it to get to the mothership." Jack elaborated.
"So let me get this straight. You want me to help you build stronger guns, steal a spaceship, fly to their mothership, and just, what. Walk in? As if it's nothing?" Nick asked, his smile never faltering.
"I never said it would be easy. I just know we have to try." Jack replied.
"And why, pray tell, would I help you? I am perfectly comfortable here. I am a King. I can have anything I want. These people serve me. This invasion was the best thing that could have ever happened. Everyone is desperate for leadership, and I intend to provide that." Nick said.
"You are out of your fucking mind," Amy said. She didn't sound surprised. She sounded disappointed. I later learned about something called 'human nature'. Apparently Jack and Amy expected something like this.
"Now, while your little plan is cute, I can't have you executing it. It would compromise the rule I have over these people." Nick said. We felt strong arms grab us from behind, one man grabbing Jack and another grabbing me and Amy. "My good friends Vince and Roy here will show you to your new living spaces. I hope you'll accept our hospitality."
"Let us go you bastard!" Jack screamed. Nick didn't reply. He simply waved his hand, and his enforcers dragged us off. We were all thrown into a room. On the bright side, they didn't search us, and it was a pretty nice room.
"We're fucked. That guy isn't going to let us get out of here." Amy said. She looked panicked. Jack moved around the room, investigating as best he could.
"We can't go through the window, we're like ten floors up. The door is locked, and there are no other exits..." Jack assessed.
"So we're trapped?" I asked, in despair.
"Nope, we just have to get very lucky," Jack said. He pushed Amy and me to the door, pulled out his gun, and fired a hole in the floor. This action just reaffirmed what I learned.
Humans are fucking nuts.
That does it for part eight. This one was a bit dialogue-heavy, but I had to get some exposition out of the way. I hope you guys enjoyed it. Criticism is welcome, as always. I love all of you! Have a good one. Part 9
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