Day Nine Hundred Ninety Eight #DiaryoftheEndoftheWorld

Mawuli led his group out at dawn. They moved along with alacrity evincing a high degree of motivation. Mawuli was quite surprised and asked me what Elijah had told them.

I advised him to ask them himself.

Elijah and I then set about arranging with the Purser the departures of the other two groups.

Tomas and Jezer stopped in on their way south, and Tomas hopped out to give us some news.

Reuben had informed them that a drone had been circulating over their area an hour or so yesterday.

Tomas added that thankfully it had occurred when they were absent with the tanker truck.

We sent them on their way and then met to discuss a night movement instead.

Day Nine Hundred #DiaryoftheEndoftheWorld

Quasimo came to us to offer his help. He shares our concern over Meesa’s disappearance. Though their acquaintance has been but brief, he has learned from the others her part in their rescue.

Jezer was reticent to accept his offer. Though commending his gratitude as the motivation, he said he’d prefer someone familiar with the region in particular.

I suspected that another reason (or force) was at play here. And Elijah sensed it too.

We sent out Jezer by himself and made the point to pass the rest of the day with Quasimo.

When he related their experiences in the desert, playing hide and seek with another large group, we realized that that mystery group may be one of ours.

Day Seven Hundred Eighty Eight #DiaryoftheEndoftheWorld

We waited until mid morning to set out and put Elijah’s plan into motion. It took those earlier hours to sort out and stabilize the situation in the hunter villages, reeling from the power vacuum created by the loss of their leader.

His overall unpopularity among his own people made a realignment of relationships among the rings of villages easier to negotiate.

We left Mei and Tomas behind to continue organizing. The Captain accompanied us again at his insistence. (I was concerned that his motivation wasn’t what it should be, but Elijah said to let him come anyway).

Soon after we arrived at the entrance to the city, the head of the tribunal rushed to meet us.

His attitude submissive.