Yeah, he’d rather stay in the dark anyway…
Wants to know if you’re a reporter…
Trying to tell him this is about his story but he’s a little freaked.
No….I am sort of a investigator…a seeker of truth.
Too many kids have been going missing and I am asking questions.
Yeah, I know all about that.
I am on the kids’ side.
What do you want to know?
Hi Reid…can I call you Reid?
My name is Kim.
That’s my name.
So Reid….I have been really concerned…and I am not the only adult who is….some kids are going missing…it seems without a trace.
Patti told me I should get in touch with you.
I’m trusting you. But only so far. Okay? You have to understand what we’ve been through.
Can you tell me…firstly…are you with some of these kids? How long have you been missing for?
I cannot even imagine what you have been through.
We’re in a safe place now. I can’t tell you where. And don’t bother tracking the IP address.
Yes, I’m with some survivors.
Ok…good…so there are survivors….but then…that means there are some who didn’t survive? Is that correct?
Who didn’t make it…
Oh No! That was my worst fear!
Reid…do you know who is behind this?
I’m not supposed to talk about it. But… damn it, people need to know. And understand.
It was a government program…
Well let me help you get your story out there…
Through the military…
I am all ears…
This crazy scientist. Dr. Kirstin Lund. She was doing experiments on animals, creating super creatures or something, decided to start testing on humans.
I guess she figured orphans–foster kids–were the most disposable.
Hired this guy, Syracuse, to round up kids.
Yeah. Like me.
The cops, they figure we just ran away, you know?
Reid….do you mind if I take notes? Should have asked you before?
Yeah, go aheadDrew told me you’re not tracking this.
Sorry to check up on you but we can’t be too careful.
No I am not.
Please go ahead…I have nothing to hide…you can trust me….and I know that is difficult for you right now.
It’s not so bad anymore. We’re okay. Trying to forget. But, it’s hard.
Well…I have been investigating this for a couple of weeks now….the officials have been telling us that all you kids were runaways and since you were troubled kids…you probably ran away to join a gang or something.
That is crap.
They really don’t give a shit about us, Kim.
They never did.
I am beginning to see this Reid.
And it’s not like this program wasn’t sanctioned.
They had a military base.
Reid…can you tell me how many survivors there are now?
One of the guys–Marcus–his Dad was the commander.
Oh that is terrible!
Eight and Minnie – she’s my lab
Eight including you?
Are you all roughly the same age?
Well, the youngest is thirteen–hang on, let me ask.
Yeah, Cole is thirteen and Marcus is eighteen so that’s the range.
They’re all here you know.
They want to know what this is about.
Can you give me the names of the survivors? It is better for me to be able to make people realise you are just kids and knowing your names will help…you are not faceless then.
Let me ask…
Milo’s pissed because I counted wrong and he thinks I missed him on purpose. LOL
You can tell them all I am here to get the truth out…your truth? Enough is enough!
So nine: Me, Leila, Drew, Kieran, Nishka, Sarah, Milo, Cole, Marcus and Minnie.
Ok and where are you all from?
I’m from Arizona.
Drew’s from NY state.Leila’s from Cali.Marcus says he’s from nowhere–army brat.Kieran is from Ohio.Nishka from Maine.Milo’s from South Philly he says.Cole is from Seattle.
Ok…so all from the US?
Sarah’s from New York too.
Reid…I think this is bigger than just the US though….
Kids have been going missing from Mexico and lower Canada.
There wasn’t really a whole lot of time to ask where people were from, you know?
Which is why I am here asking questions….it has been making international news.
Yeah I get that.
Barely had time to ask names…
How long have you been hiding? on the run?
What is the last thing you remember that was normal?
My mom and dad alive. Nothing was normal after that
Foster homes for a year.
But you have a sister…I have spoken to her…
We made a new normal.
About a month ago.
I interviewed her, as one of the family members…
Well… What did she say?
She said that you were troubled since your parents died…..
She thinks you ran away.
Maybe if she wasn’t sleeping with the guy who got me into this–
Whatever…She had no idea if I was troubled or not.
Reid…something did not gel with me when she told me her story…
She never even tried to contact me the whole year after Mom and Dad died until the day she got me out of foster care.
She just did not seem that worried….I mean I have a younger brother and if he went missing I would go after him.
It was her fault…She told her boss/boyfriend about me…I didnt’ know at the time.
This guy…she is together with…is this Syracuse?
WAS Syracuse…Guess she didn’t tell you she killed him.
Almost got away with it…
Reid … what is Marcus’ dad’s name?
Right…so the suspects are: Dr Kirsten Lund, Colonel Brackett and this Syracuse fellow – who is now dead…as well as your sister Lucy?
Yes. She was part of it for sure.
Brackett worked for Lund. So did Syracuse. One was her collector the other her bully but she was the core of the whole thing: She made the stuff that turned kids into monsters.
What sort of monsters?
Hunters? Men with guns?
Okay, so we’re getting to the stuff that you’re going to judge us for.
Only tell me what you think is necessary Reid.
Dr. Lund was running this secret program to create super soldiers…
She developed this stuff that turned normal kids into these hybrid creaturessilver eyes, shark teeth, claws — you get the picture?Thing is… The stuff made us into monsters…bloodthirsty. So when under the influence so to speak, the kids became bloodthirsty…hunted other kids…
So that would make it appear that you are the guilty ones….cunning evil plan by this Dr Lund.
Yeah totally…like we were the bad guys.
Are you still under the influence of this experiment?
um… I don’t know how to answer that
I mean, we’re all changed.
But we don’t take dust anymore. Unless there’s a mission…
Ok…so the changes are permanent? They don’t wear off?
Our senses are different, like hyper…
Eventually they don’t…if you take enough and Dr. Lund changed the formulashe said we were immortal but we’ll see… I don’t really believe her…
But we’re not bloodthirsty or anything, not dangerous.
This Dr Lund? Is she still alive? Where is she?
Unless you’re our enemy…
And Colonel Brackett?
But there will still be people who know about this…their soldiers and helpers?
No, not really–well sorta.
There was a general who came to clean up the mess but everyone who was responsible is no longer able to stand trial, you know?
(Trying to be subtle.)
Yes I understand…but Reid if you kids are all changed, it also means it is not safe for you to come forward.
Is that the sum of it?
That’s why I was (we were Drew made me type) worried about this.
But people need to know!‘Cause if it gets out, they’ll think we’re monsters…and we’re not…not anymore.
OK…Could you tell me this? Do you think this is still going on? Maybe that we don’t know about?
I… we never thought about that…
Lund is dead so we figured…
Drew wants me to ask you why you’re asking?
Reid….kids are still going missing…
Yes and other places.
I’ll ask–I have someone I can check with…but I don’t know how it could be… not with Lund dead.
We’d have to do something about that!
That’s why I am talking to you.
I am going to do something about it…and I have people I trust who are going to help me.
If there is more going on, this is your only warning:
Stay out of our way!
Reid…you need to promise me that you kids will stay in hiding? Don’t tell me or anyone where you are…
We’ll do what we have to if this is still going on!
But I will give you an email address that you can contact me on.
We ALL agree!
Reid…is there anything you kids need … anything at all?
No. We have everything we need.
Thanks for asking and for telling me about the other kids.
OK…..then the last question is: is there anything any of you want to say to the world? Tell me now and I will be your mouthpiece.
I’m not so great with words… hang on, Leila wants to answer this…
Hi, Kim. We just want everyone to know that we’re real. We exist. We’re not evil or monsters, that we may be foster kids but we’re not disposable. And we’re not dangerous. We just want to live our lives and not hurt anyone ever again. That’s all. Thank you for your kindness. Leila..
Okay, she’s done.
Ok…Leila, Reid and everyone else I will get the truth out there….
Just be careful…if you’re poking around there’re going to be consequences.
I will…I don’t trust just anyone….I have been trained to take care of myself…
Listen, if a guy named Aberdeen knocks on your door? Go with him – don’t hesitate, it means you’re in danger…
Ok…Aberdeen…I will remember that.
Reid…I have got to go now..in case anyone else is trying to track this…I have it pretty heavily encrypted but you never know…
Contact me if you need to…anytime…any day ok.
And thank you for trusting me…and telling me the true story behind all your kids’ stories….
Please take care of one another. Be safe.
Just get it right!
That was intense!
Not so bad…
That was intense.
The kids were right here with me.
Its’s going to be a good story…
Well the kids were brilliant…I thought it would be a good idea to get their story…in their words…
It is time for the truth to be told.
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