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OFF THE GRID written by TOM CAVANAUGH
I was born on December 1st, 1987. My birth name is Liander, but my camp name is WHITE-5491108. I was born in the INFIRMARY of the camp. Basically, it’s a large room with gurneys in bays that are divided by hanging sheets on metal tracks in the ceiling. It kind of looks like a hospital emergency room, but smaller. My parents are Nerus and Lian, both are very intelligent and level headed. My parents don’t do anything outside of the norm of our people here on Earth. They never questioned anything and went along with any restrictions that F.I.S.T. put on them. Basically what I’m saying is that my parents were not the rebellious type. Believe me in our society, there are Sileniuns that are rebellious anarchists, but not my parents.
Lian, my mother is in charge of the INFIRMARY and handles as many cases as possible. We have strong physical systems, but have come down with certain afflictions that are hard for us to understand. She believes they come from being in the Earth’s atmosphere for an extended amount of time. My Mom, back then would deal with F.I.S.T. daily, but after the incident, well they cracked down on who is allowed to be in the INFIRMARY and everyday they give us less and less medical supplies.
Nerus, my father is in the LAB SECTION. He basically processes all incoming ore that has been separated from the mine and secures all radioactive material. That means he makes it “Human Safe” before it is transported out of the caves and into military transports. The LAB SECTION also serves as a development and testing facility for new weapons and aircraft. F.I.S.T. uses aliens like my dad to reveal the technological secrets from our planet and we believe this is for two reasons. One, to keep the United States ahead of all other nations on this planet and two, should the war end between our home planet of Silenus and the Grey’s home planet of Enceladus, the U.S. wants to be ready should the victor decide they want to invade Earth.
So that’s what my parents do. I guess you can say I had a normal childhood, despite growing up in the caves. I learned that there were things we were allowed to have and things that we would never know, but would only hear about them when our parents and their friends would sit around at gatherings and talk about the way it was “Back home” or “When we were free”, but for the most part, I was a happy kid. I went to school and did my homework and played with toys, just like earthling kids, but my life took a turn when I hit eighteen and my childhood was over.
I was sent to work in the mines.
My parents tried to keep me out of working there, but everyone has to do it, male and female alike. Mom pointed out that the administration jobs were becoming fewer and fewer, it was almost like F.I.S.T. was taking the jobs away on purpose and it was my dad who pointed out that the more they took away the jobs, the more the distance grew between “Those that are administration and those that are not.” He knew that they kept both Greys and Whites clashing with each other, but now it seemed like they wanted the same division amongst each group, so now there was a bigger separation between White administrators and White worker aliens. This is what the camp system is all about.
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