June 12, 2030. Those men had just stolen my raft from me. Once the shock wore off, I realized that they must have been working for Bastion – formerly known as Academi, Blackwater, and half a dozen other names.
June 10, 2030. I finally made it to Illinois, thank God. When I was a kid, it wasn’t such an ordeal to get across the country. Domestic flights used to cost less than a month’s pay. Passenger trains ran more often because more people could afford them.