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Superpowers Vs The Apocalypse
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Chapter 14
Phoenix Queen
Dec 5, 2017
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Lieutenant Colonel Ashe wasn’t too pleased about being put under the command of a civilian, and it showed in the look he was giving Liam. I didn’t know much about how the military operated, but from the colonel’s reaction to the general’s order, I could tell that this was not normally done.copyright protection4PENANAajM6z1DUvE

Now that their identities had been confirmed by the general, Liam gave the soldiers their gear back and told them that they could stay in the cabin that should be finished by tonight. The cabin most likely would not house seven people comfortably, so Liam promised them a second cabin once it was completed.copyright protection4PENANAHuLu72AHqW

I was just glad that they were who they said they were.copyright protection4PENANAxqFMcp14Ww

At lunchtime, everyone gathered in the dining room. Wilfred and the others grabbed a few more chairs to fit our new arrivals at the table. Then they went to the kitchen to help bring out all of the food Mrs. Jones and Mrs. Rosenstein had prepared since morning.copyright protection4PENANA76PUdoVQir

Breakfasts were always simple: protein bars, cereal, or oatmeal with a glass of orange juice. Everyone woke up at different times, so Mrs. Jones and Mrs. Rosenstein just put baskets of protein bars, boxes of cereal and oatmeal, and pitchers of orange juice in the dining room, free for anyone to grab.copyright protection4PENANAv0Vgu2j5KK

For lunch, however, everyone except for the people on guard duty would gather in the dining room for real meals served up by the two cooks. The guards’ portions were delivered to them in advance so they could eat at their post. Dishes that were made of dehydrated meat such as meatloaf were divided evenly amongst everyone, but there was plenty of other food free for the picking on the table. French fries and pizza were always a favorite of the children.copyright protection4PENANA2haI3n85r4

Both the Clarkes and the military folks were surprised by the sheer amount of food served at the table. Even at the military base, food was rationed to people in servings. Half a pizza for two people was already considered surprising, and that was for the man whom they were borrowing supplies from. I could understand their reaction.copyright protection4PENANABzaqtnPpe7

One of the children would say grace, and then everyone would dig in. The Clarkes were especially aggressive with grabbing food onto their plates.copyright protection4PENANAQJ7L0COjIy

Lieutenant Colonel Ashe turned to Liam and said, “This is no way to ration your food supply.”copyright protection4PENANA4KQesUCAZ3

Everyone at the table except for the Clarkes stopped eating and looked over to the lieutenant colonel, then over to Liam.copyright protection4PENANAEBDP26dRvr

“There is no food waste at my table,” Liam replied as he picked up a hot baked potato from the tray and placed it on my plate.copyright protection4PENANAYmb68bJWvr

“You know that is not what I mean.”copyright protection4PENANAvzblODgqef

I knew where the lieutenant colonel was coming from. I didn’t know how much Liam looted from his own warehouse, but I know what I brought alone could easily feed a group of a hundred people for decades. Having this much food or even more on the table wouldn’t dent our supply one bit. But the lieutenant colonel didn’t know that. At times like these, it was considered wise to ration out your food supplies for the long run.copyright protection4PENANAuTR7ITeWKK

“There is no food waste at my table, Lieutenant Colonel. That is all I care about. Our residents need to be fed so they can focus on their assigned jobs.”copyright protection4PENANAoJ6zQeLzbg

After hearing a definite answer from Liam, everyone resumed eating. I could tell they were afraid that food would be cut, but even more afraid that there wouldn’t be food in the long run. A few sentences from Liam calmed their fears. The residents had grown to rely on him to be the one with all the answers.copyright protection4PENANA0GQb2FPi54

“Their survival is more important than being full, Mr. West. I don’t care how many supplies you have on hand; it’d run out eventually. Rationing is the answer for these people to survive a little longer.”copyright protection4PENANAyAXpIGjXC3

Mr. Clarke was about to say something but decided not to. He lowered his head and resumed eating his meal like the matter at hand had nothing to do with him.copyright protection4PENANAH0NOAD3lce

“How much of a food cut do you propose, Lieutenant Colonel?”copyright protection4PENANABcVsoX7egd

“Half. At least,” the Lieutenant Colonel replied. The table went quiet again.copyright protection4PENANAiOOgewWxtz

“So be it then,” Liam agreed. “My wife is pregnant, and even if she wasn’t, I refuse to cut her food. On the contrary, I’m trying to make her eat more for our little one. I don’t see why I should cut own my portion just because of your say so either. But if you think everyone will survive longer if I cut down the food that I provide them, then it shall be done. Mrs. Jones and Mrs. Rosenstein, take half of the food on the table back to the kitchen and store it for dinner.”copyright protection4PENANABbzoZa22ve

The two missuses got up from their seat and did as Liam bade. The mood in the room sunk quickly.copyright protection4PENANAh7rdzQbH4r

Since everyone’s plate already had food on it, the missuses took entire pots and trays back into the kitchen. A few other women got up to help them.copyright protection4PENANAUnfIDtfz1J

At the very least, half of what was on the table was still more than the rations the military handed out to regular folks during my stay there.copyright protection4PENANA9CUJ0TT2Wo

Everyone cleared their plates quickly and got up to go back to whatever they were doing. Children who were old enough to understand what was going on left the table with frowns on their faces. They were fed, but it was their parents who shared their portions with them.copyright protection4PENANAhewIs5zDND

A little boy named Daniel, who was about five years old, slipped away from his mother’s hand, ran toward the lieutenant colonel, and kicked him with his tiny foot. I remembered his name because he gave everyone a bit of a hard time for the first few days. He lost his father at a young age and was extremely protective of his mother. He’d been surprisingly good for the last few days but seeing his mother had to share what little food she had with him made him angry. His little face was red with anger. A tears pooled in his round grey eyes, but he was trying to be a big man and not let them fall. It looked rather cute.copyright protection4PENANA4H0kqEOGeP

“We will not cut the children’s portions, Liam.”copyright protection4PENANApnrj6sdZua

He patted my hand. “I didn’t say we will. The children will be fed, I promise. Isn’t that right, Lieutenant Colonel?”copyright protection4PENANAoMpUuR03uN

Every pair of eyes in the room was on him. The lieutenant colonel said, “I didn’t say we should either.”copyright protection4PENANAHyvITWmHCA

“That’s settled then. Liam, I don’t feel very well. I’m going to bed.”copyright protection4PENANAx1YYl4qz4V

“I’ll escort you.”copyright protection4PENANAJsH8ncZngt

The lieutenant colonel’s motives were coming from a good place, but the mood was so low that I just didn’t want to be in the room any longer.copyright protection4PENANAaX2GGWC3De

At dinner time, the missuses brought out the leftovers from lunch. The difference was that they were going around dividing equal portions on each plate. According to Liam’s instructions, the children’s plates and my own were fuller than the rest. After grace, everyone dug in like the Clarkes had earlier that day. Everyone was starving.copyright protection4PENANADagB9CGAbK

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