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Elizabeth's DEFCON 1
Elizabeth sat at Army headquarters at the Pentagon hardly believing the messages coming in for the top brass. Impending missile launches from China and North Korea, the activity could be seen in the photos from the satellites. Even the military was slow to take this all in, a treaty had just been signed again with North Korea, and China as usual just sat around acting like the big dog on the block but never really doing anything. The fax machine started up again, more activity but this time around silos in the Ukraine, unbelievable. Well, Elizabeth thought we wondered what all the buddy, buddy stuff was with China and Russia, now we know.
She looked over the photos evaluating them, not good, not good at all.
She pushed the intercom button, “General Williamson, the photos are in and I have evaluated them, are you ready for them?”
The general answered back, “Yes, Lieutenant Zellers, come on in.”
Elizabeth got up and went on into the general’s office bringing the photos with her.
She then briefed the general on the different photos from North Korea, China, and Russia.
“CRAP IN A HAT,” was the generals reply, then he said, “I can’t believe they would actually be this stupid.”
General Williamson then picked up his phone, “Corporal Lester, get me the President right now, this is an emergency!”
Elizabeth could hear the other phones in his office ringing from where she sat. And she had the internal intercom on so she could hear what was being said both ways.
The President’s secretary must of picked up because the general told whom ever it was who he was and that it was an national emergency and he needed to talk to the President immediately. As the general explained what was going on to the President the General was also pushing a red button on the corner front of his desk, she heard a very loud, “WHAT” over the phone, “Yes Mr. President I am telling you that China, Russia, and North Korea are about to fire some of their nuclear missiles.”
“I also think we need to go to DEFCON 1 immediately, and send the alert to every base here and over seas.”
“Yes the General said, but I think it’s to late to go to the situation room, time to get you to safety now Mr. President.”
She heard the garble of words from the other end of the line and the General hung up.
He then had his secretary put in another call and had Generals and Admirals from other branches of the service in on what was going on and that the President was calling the military to DEFCON 1. He then had his secretary put in a call to his wife, as the call was going through the General looked up at Elizabeth and said, “go on Lieutenant Zellers, call your family and have them come here right now, your excused.”
The button the General had pushed notified all the other generals immediately even before they were called and a situation was verified.
Elizabeth got up and saluted her boss, then turned and left his office as quickly as possible. She wished she would have permission and time to call her parents along with her brothers and sisters, but she knew that was out of the question, she was just lucky she had a great boss and he was allowing her to call her family and have them come over to the shelter here at the Pentagon. She quickly pushed the quick dial on her phone, it was 11 AM, and Bill should still be home.
Bill worked second shift this month at IBM and should be getting ready to take young Kyle to the sitters, Katherine would already be at school. Bill picked up the phone finally on the fourth ring and saw on the caller ID that it had to be Elizabeth.
“What’s up honey?”
He wasn’t used to her calling at this time of day so he knew something unusual must have been going on.
Elizabeth told him, “Bill don’t talk just listen, we are under DEFCON 1 as of five minutes ago, I had permission to call you and tell you and the children to get to the Pentagon immediately. All you need to do is present your drivers license, you and the kids are already on the list for the Bomb shelter. I need you to grab the metal case under the bed; it has all our birth certificates and other important documents in it, plus some gold and silver. The kids BOB bags are in the closet with ours, plus grab anything thing else you think we will need for an extended time in the shelter, the kids favorite blankets a few toys, and things you think you and I will want and or need. I love you and make sure you tell the guard at the gate you're on the GO list.”
“Love you too,” Bill said, “And I understand, see you later,” and they both hung up.
First Bill looked in on Kyle; he had just finished an early lunch and was playing in his room for a few minutes until his dad came for him.
Bill said to his son, “Hey Kyle you want to play a gathering game, I want you to dump out the toys in the small toy box over there in the corner,” Bill was pointing to it.
“Then pick out 4 of your favorite toys and your sleeping bear, and put them in the toy box, do you understand?”
Kyle looked at his dad will a gleam in his eyes, “Yes daddy I do.”
“Ok son go ahead and do that, and when your done with yours go into Katherine’s room and find four of her favorite toys, the ones you see her play with all the time, and also get her stuffed cat she sleeps with, alright.”
“Yes daddy,” said Kyle and went over and started to dump out the plastic toy box with a large grin on his face, he loved being able to dump things out.
Bill then headed quickly to his bedroom and bent down and pulled the silver case out from under the bed and put it on the bed, then he went over to the closet, he opened the closet and there in the back were the four BOB bags. (Bug Out Bags)
He hauled those out and two extra back packs and went over to Elizabeth’s dresser and began putting in under clothes, socks, her jewelry, a couple extra blouses and jeans.
He then thought whoops, and went back to the closet and pulled out two uniforms and a set of BDU’s, a pair of tennis shoes and a pair of her army boots. He went over to his dresser and did the same thing, but minus the army clothes. He quickly hauled the things to the car and went back in to get the toys and the kids pillows and blankets.
He saw an extra school backpack that Katherine had from last year lying by her toy box. It was worn but serviceable and he went over and added some extra clothes, under clothes, socks, sweat pants, and shoes.
Bill came back out and Kyle was standing in the hallway, with the stuffed animals, and said, “Daddy I all done.”
“Wonderful Kyle, you head down to the kitchen with the stuffed animals and I will be right there, ok.”
“Ok daddy, “ Kyle headed on his way down the hallway.
Bill ducked back into Kyle’s room to grab some more clothes for Kyle and stuff them in an old diaper bag that was now used for others things, he also opened the toy box, to see trucks, army men, a couple other of Kyle’s toys plus Katherine’s Barbie doll case, and some MY Little Ponies and accessories, he was surprised at what a good job Kyle had done, he had figured he would have to finish it off, but everything was there. He picked up the toy box and headed down to the kitchen and on to the garage. Kyle was waiting for him in the kitchen with a cookie in his hand.
Bill smiled and didn’t say a thing about the cookie for now, “Come Kyle lets get these things into the car,” and Kyle followed his dad out to the garage.
After Bill had all that loaded he told Kyle to go get the cookie box and he had permission to open the bottom cupboard and get out the package of drink boxes. He and Kyle headed back through the door and into the kitchen and Kyle went straight for the cupboard and Bill went back up stairs to grab the kids blankets and into his room to pull out his 12 inch bowie knife, Elizabeth had gotten it for him for Christmas last year, it came with scabbard that fit on his belt really well. It had a multi colored wooden handle and he loved it. He looked around and really couldn’t think of anything else, yikes he thought yes I can, he went over to the closet and behind a shoebox was the army container of bullets for their matching colt pistols, which were in the BOB bags. You never knew when some extra ammo would come in handy, especially now.
Back down stairs he went, and low and behold Kyle had 2 boxes of cookies, a bag of pretzels, and the box of drink boxes on the floor and was trying to put them in a plastic bag.
“Great thinking son, those will really come in handy. Ok little man lets go pick up your sister, were going to a special place today,” and helped his son load up the goodies and get them and him into the car.
With Kyle all strapped in his seat Bill pushed the button for the garage door, and picked up his cell phone and called Katherine’s school.
“Hello this is Bill Zellers, we have a family emergency, I need Katherine Zellers ready to go as soon as I get to the office, thank you, I will be there in eight minutes, goodbye to you to.”
Bill didn’t speed really but had the speedometer at four miles above the speed limit and pulled into the school packing lot seven minutes later. He jumped out and went over turned back to the back car door and unstrapped Kyle and just kept him in his arms and headed quickly to the school office, where he saw Katherine standing inside the office door, coat in one hand and backpack laying on the floor beside her. Bill signed her out right away and said thank you to the office personnel, helped Katherine put her coat on.
“Come on Kath we need to go somewhere.”
She looked up at her dad, “Where we going daddy.”
“Somewhere very special Kath, were going to where your mommy works, to a special place there, he told her.”
He got the kids all strapped and headed over to the Pentagon, 30 minutes later they were at the gate, and he was showing his ID. Bill told the guard, “We're on the GO list.”
The corporal flipped his clipboard and looked at the GO list. The looked back up and said, “Your good to go sir take your car over to the right driveway around the building and follow the orange line.”
Bill went right until he came upon an orange line and flowed it right to another guard at the rear of the Pentagon, that’s if there is a rear. Bill showed his ID again and the soldier talked into his radio and the large door in front of him rolled up.
“Proceed to the blue level sir,” the guard told him and then he stepped back.
Bill nodded his head at the guard and drove into the opened door, after several feet inside the ramp started going down, like in a parking garage.
The first level down was yellow, the next, green, then as he continued down eight more floors several other colors. Then the next level was blue level and there at this entrance was another guard, there had been one or two at all of them. This guard was standing in front of another large door and Bill drove up beside the guard and showed his ID and the guard pushed a red button and the door pulled into the wall. The door looked to be about five feet thick as he watched it pull into the wall.
“Proceed sir, park and load your belongngs and go through the red striped door,” said the guard.
Bill pulled through the huge doorway, and found himself in a large parking garage, there were already a few cars and other vehicles in there and he saw three other families standing beside their cars. He saw they had dolly like carts by their cars with that they were putting their suitcases and other things on.
He looked around and over by the wall to the left of him were more carts, he turned to the kids, “I am going over to get a cart kids, you can unstrap, but stay in the car, I will be right back okay.”
Both the kids excitedly said, “Ok daddy,” they were so excited about being in a new place and where their mommy worked, Katherine didn’t know her mom worked at such a big building.
Bill was gone and back in about one minute with a cart, not enough time for the kids to get in much trouble anyway. He unloaded all their things and had Katherine get out of the car and bring her school backpack with her; Bill took Kyle out of his car seat, and sat him on top of their bags on the cart. He saw one of the families headed for the red striped door at the other end of the parking lot, and started on his way toward it also.
There was a guard standing beside the door, and he was checking ID’s and then letting people inside. Bill and the kids went through the same process and found them selves standing beside an elevator with two other families.
No one said anything except for a couple of children asking why they were there. The mother just said it was a new adventure and they would be meeting their dad soon.
The woman then looked at Bill and he nodded his head at her and she did the same thing back. At that moment the elevator opened and it was an extra large service elevator, it would take all of their carts and all with room to spare. Bill thought they had been far enough down as it was, but this was something else. They must have gone down another eight floors before the elevator stopped and the doors opened.
A young solider stood there waiting for them, and as soon as everyone unloaded from the elevator he told them to follow him, and he would take them to their assigned rooms.
“ I am Corporal King, if you need anything I am your liaison.”
About 4 minutes later they came to a set of rooms and the solider looked at his list.
“These rooms are for Lt. William Sim’s family, number 30, there is a main room and two bedrooms.
They all continued on their way a few more feet and the solider said, “ This is #31, this set of rooms is for Lt. Elizabeth Zellers family.”
“Thank you,” said Bill and he and the kids along with their cart went though the door.
Bill looked around, well this is much better then he thought things were going to be.
He had visions of a small cramped room with bunk beds and a sink and toilet in the corner. But this wasn’t bad at all, a living room, and two bedrooms; he went to look at the bedrooms. The first bedroom had a double bottom bunk and a single top bunk, and along the opposite was a set of normal bunk beds, there was a small closet and four dressers.
He turned around and there were the kids standing right behind him, he almost bumped into them.
“Lets go see the other bedroom, I think this one is supposed to be for your mommy and I.”
They followed him to the other small bedroom and it had 2 sets of regular bunk beds, and four dressers. All the beds in both rooms were already made up with sheets, pillows and army blankets. He found a small bathroom off the livingroom area.
“Kids lets get your blankets and other things and bring them in here ok.”
“Katherine looked up at her dad, “Ok daddy, and daddy is this where we're having a vacation?”
Both kids were following their dad out to the main room.
He looked at Katherine, “Yes were having a small vacation here for now and your mommy should be here soon.”
She smiled, “Ok daddy great, we get to spend some time with mommy.”
Kyle mimicked his sister and off they ran to the cart.
By the time Elizabeth got down to the shelter they had all their belongings in the right rooms, and the toy box already opened and the children playing.
Bill knew they would be asking to eat a snack at any time now, when his wife walked in the door. He walked toward her and she met him and wrapped her arms around him and gave him a big hug, it was now 5:05 PM eastern stand time, 17:05 military time.
Bill asked, “Is there anyway you can tell me what’s going on honey?”
“Bill come over to the sofa and sit down and I will tell you what is going on.”
Bill sat there in silence as Elizabeth explained to him what was found from the satellite photos this morning and that the countries of Russia, China, and North Korea had actually lunched missiles and they were heading their way. Ed knew it had to something like that for her to call him and tell him to get to the shelter, he was just glad families were also allowed in here, but his mind also went out to their extended families.
Both the kids had heard their mother’s voice and came running in to give their mom a hug and ask for a snack, Elizabeth was very glad to see the kids and asked Bill if he had brought a quick snack for the kids. He said no worries in that department he and Kyle had done just that, and took the kids over to the middle of the floor and put down a towel and had them sit there and eat their snack.
A siren went off and Elizabeth said she would be back later; she gave Bill a quick peck on the cheek and left in a hurry. Meanwhile Bill had the kids snack on the things they had brought and had them go back to their room to play.
Not long after the ground shook, Bill knew they were down here for awhile then and hoped and prayed for his and Elizabeth's families to come through this. A few minutes later Elizabeth came back to their quarters and said she was done for the night and could be with the family until morning at 0600.
Bill then asked her, “Do you know how many cities were hit?”
“Yes, a lot of the Capitals of all the states, along with a few other larger towns, we were able to take out some of them, and that extra nukes had been set off at high levels to create EMP’s that took out the whole grid all across the country.”
She told him it would be years before they could be back to any sort of normal again outside if that was even possible. She looked at her watch and the clock on the wall and saw they were the same, and told Bill what time their dinner rotation would be normally, 0630. Ten minutes later they got the kids gathered up and they all headed for the mess hall. When they got there they saw they would be about one quarter of the way down the line, not too bad. Bill looked around while they were eating and thought there must be about 200 people in the lunchroom, there was room for a few more but not much even at this late hour. He was wondering how many people this shelter supported, and thought duh, ask Elizabeth she should know.
Bill leaned over to Elizabeth there was 1 child between them; Kyle, Katherine was on the right side of Elizabeth.
“Hey honey how many people does this shelter support?”
Elizabeth looked over at Bill with a mouth full of Salisbury steak, chewed and swallowed, “Over 2000 plus dependants Bill, why?”
“Oh no reason I just wondered.”
To himself he thought “WOW”
The meal all done including ice cream for dessert, they headed back to their room, on the way Elizabeth showed Bill where one of the recreation rooms was, the library, and the gym.
The recreation room even had toys for the children to play on and with.
Bill said, “That will be a big help I know playing with their same toys day after day will get old quick.”
Bill turned to Elizabeth, “How long are we going to have to stay down in this shelter?”
“From the estimates at least six months, they have equipment checks up some of the shafts but don’t count on us going out until then.”
By that time they were back to their rooms, they bathed and dressed the kids for bed, let them play for an hour and put them to bed. Elizabeth and Bill talked about their families and their dreams for the future and turned in also, as Elizabeth had to be up around the normal time for work. It had been a long stressful day and they knew it was just the beginning.
End chapter 1
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