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July 25, 2003
‘Can you tell how long ago this happened?’

‘The residue is still sticky. It was recent.’

‘Did anything tell you what sort of humanalogue it was?’

‘No… not directly. But I noticed something unusual while I was in there. The base hasn’t been looted. There’s evidence of a little scavenging around the periphery, but inside, it looks like nothing has been touched. Why do you think that would be?’

Mr Smith considered the question. ‘Because someone or something scared the scavengers off?’

The General nodded. ‘None of the defense systems are still operational. It would have to be a humanalogue.’