“Who said that?”
“Another county heard from”
“Why is he talking?
“Masozi is that you?”
Slice, just slice…. no cutting.”
“Give us a break Masozi!
If the injection isn’t working at least pretend you are sedated.”
“I’ll try to.”
Now, Kwabena listen to this, I turned on that Mech-box last night.
There was another message.”
“Give me the scissors.
You’ve gone off the deep end Akpati…here, give it to me.”
“No Kwabena. You, Masozi and Ehud have not been listening to me. I’ve been telling you lot about these messages. I have been turning on the box and getting these messages. There’s a place, the people are free, no Mechs, no….”
“IT’S A LIE! A LIE!!
IT’S THE JEWS AND NIGGERS… THEY ARE TRYING TO GET US IN A TRAP AND DESTROY US.
THEY WANT TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD.”
“Tifawt, shut up..”
“what’s wrong with him”
Ehud is a Jew, he won’t like this”
“What is a Jew? What do you mean by…. Ehud is a Jew?”
“I don’t know what it means.
But there’s a list of names in the messages. Ehud’s name’s there. The box says it is a Jew name.
“THE JEws are…”
“Shut up Tifawt.
Akpati, this is why nobody touches that box or what ever it is.
Look at what it did to Tifawt. It’s made him sick.”
Whats’ wrong with him?”
“He hates everybody and everything”
“Does he hate himself?
He is somebody isn’t he?
And also a living thing”
“I don’t know… Tifawt do you hate yourself?”
“Then he’s just a racist.”
“what is a racist?”
“Well, I’m not to sure but I think it means a person who hates Jews and black people….. at least that’s what the box says.”
“Black people….. you are crazy.
There’s no such thing as black people…. except maybe the charred corpses rotting on the surface”
“Who’s that now.”
Look Masozi, I’m operating on you while you lay peacefully sedated, oblivious.
Do you understand what is required of you?”
“I’ll try to.”
“Stop babbling the two of you..
Quickly, take this off me and shut down The Ifa.
3 o clock off our position, heading this way.”
“Ehud! we didn’t hear you come in.”
“Shut up and help me Kwabena.
Akpati go check the perimeter… shut down The Ifa.
Why is Tifawt awake?
Oh lord!! Why are Masozi’s insides outside? ”
“We were heading out.
Nothing heavy just the usual morning milk run.
I TOLD YOU LOT BUT YOU WOULDN’T LISTEN.
NIGGERS AND JEWS….”
“Shut up Tifawt.
Shut up for fucksakes.”
“YOU CAN’T SILENCE ME. YOU ARE ONE OF THEM.
YOU CAN’T LOCK UP THE TRUTH… FUCKING COMMIES AND RAG HEADS, THE LOT OF YOU..
I AM GOING TO… ugh ummm… get off …
Untie him when the Mechs come within range.
Let him have a go at them, wear off his rage”
“Ehud, Akpati wants to leave.”
Akpati where do you think you are going?”
“Bongo Bongo Land”
“You were on that Mech box again weren’t you.
After I warned you. You have brought them down on us you bastard.”
“umm mmmm uuummmmh”
“Shut up Tifawt!”
“Listen Ehud there are these messages about an outpost called Nigeria.
There actually used to be a place of that name before the Mechs and the war. I think there are still some places above ground where The Agada still survives. Nigeria must be one of them.
Imagine the warmth of the sunlight on your skin.
Real food that grows from the womb of the earth and drinks off the rain from the Sky.
Rain…. rain that doesn’t burn.
Imagine breathing the clean air filled with the scent of the earth and the fertile flowers.
And the best of all… THERE ARE WOMEN!
Think about it, Women!”
“But nobody has seen a woman since the Sorrow of Souls.
“You are going to get yourself killed Akpati. Kwabena why have you allowed this fool near that box?
Look, There are no Agadas left… Nobody knows how to command or operate any of those things on the surface. it is better down here than up there.”
“Let me ask you, Ehud.
How have you spent life?”
“well …. in a warzone”
“Couldn’t afford the bus fare out?”
No fuck off Akpati. I know you got that from that Mech box.
You think playing with that thing will make you smarter than us?”
INCOMING… ON OUR 3 ‘O’ CLOCK!”
“Release Tifawt.. somebody”
“Quickly… release Tifawt and give him The Ifa.