Early Bird Sneak Peek: “Keep an Eye on Summer”!

Hi all! It’s time for another Early Bird Sneak Peek, where I share a glimpse at the story my lucky Early Bird patrons will be enjoying next Saturday thanks to their pledges at my Patreon page! Of course, if you’re not an Early Bird patron, you’ll still get a story next week–“Spiderwebs”, teased moments ago, has already been submitted to the EMCSA. But the Early Bird patrons will be getting  “Keep an Eye on Summer” (MC FF)!

In the wake of the K’Zarim invasion, the human race has been scattered. Most have been brainwashed into becoming the eager slaves of the invaders, but a few survive based on their wits and cunning. But even for those few, time is running out. And for Summer, it may have run out already. Here’s a taste:

That’s the worst thing about the invasion. It’s not the constant fear of capture or the uncertainty of fleeing from one bolthole to the next, it’s the continual suspicion of everyone around you. Anyone you meet could have been subverted; even the tiniest act of trust could be the one that leads you right into a K’zarim slave camp. I know that some people say that you can tell who’s been brainwashed–we see the graffiti sometimes when we’re out scavenging, telling you to watch out for people with purple eyes or blank smiles or constant, um…arousal. (I don’t even know how you’d check that on another woman, at least not without really obviously giving away that you suspect something.)

But the truth is, you really can’t tell. Beverly didn’t act like an obvious zombie or a mindless slave. I’m not even sure she knew she was under control until she saw the telephone in the abandoned grocery store and realized it worked. I think the people making the graffiti just want to believe that there’s a way to tell ‘them’ from us, when ‘they’ seem just like us. But the only difference is, they’re working to undermine and enslave the human race. The only way to know who’s a traitor is by getting betrayed. It’s no wonder the K’zarim didn’t need an army; distrust and paranoia scattered the human race into easy pickings for them.

Hope you enjoy it!

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