The crowded chamber glistened with color, from the opening in the ceiling
above. “Ben, Jamie, Jewell, it is nearly time for me to leave. Mother, Father
is waiting, give them our letters please.”
Ben and Jamie looked at each other, and out into the crowded room. “Who among you will stay and fight, and which of you will come with us to rebuild?”
Nathan stepped forward from the shadows of the cavern walls, “before I entered the sewers, I was first among the Oath Keepers, I still have my old uniform, and can blend in. I will go and fight.” He appeared an unshaven, unclean, underfed, skeleton of a man, yet he pulled himself up to his full height, and appeared tall and strong in the morning light. “I was one of them before I realized what and who they were, and disavowed them, running for quite a while, until I found the sewers. I am ashamed of what I once believed, and I will fight them. Who will join me?”
There was about a hundred or more, who stood along with Carlos and Nathan, vowing to fight for the city, or to at least create a diversion so that the others could escape. And perhaps save just a bit of the history of the city.
“Carlos, I will take care of Maria and your children, or die trying. I will treat them as my own.’ Ben said as he hugged his friend, not knowing if it would be for the last time. ‘What you do may save them, with luck we will all be together again.”
Ben, Jamie, Jewell, and Carolyn stood together, looking at the men leaving the cavern, headed into the old sewer lines. They had given them what ammunition and weapons they could, but it would be up to those men to find what they needed when they got into the city.
Carolyn and Ben moved close to Maria, tears streaming down her face, her five children looking lost and alone. "Come Maria, bring the children, you will ride with me.' Carolyn said with one arm around Maria, the other with the smallest child clinging to her. 'He will make it back to you. I just know it."