Let us return to The Colony.
And let us all find out what I'm going to write in this, my second to last installment.
Yes, that includes me.
As it turns out, keeping Vassily and his other crew away from the compound can be that hard. I mean, what exactly do we have to ward them off with for seven and a half hours? If we see them coming too early we can't set off an extra explosive or two to ward them off - that would just let them know what we've got waiting for them. I suppose we could just set one of them off the moment they drove close enough but... I don't think I have the stomach for such direct measures.
Besides, what if they happen to just drive through one of the open stretches we would have to leave between explosives? Then they'd be on us and we'd have nothing to fight them off with but, what? Rope and butter knives?
That's my real concern here. Obviously.
And what if they know the dust storm is coming as well? We can hardly assume that they don't. What if they decide to wait it out and launch their attack afterward? Assuming they'd even be able to find us. Thirty-six hours is probably enough time to get buried, isn't it? Is it?
"Computer? Any thoughts on the compound's status after enduring a day and a half of dust?"
Are you asking if you will be buried alive?
"Uh... basically, yes."
Unlikely. Possible, but unlikely.
"How possible? Come on, you've got to be able to give me odds on this. You're a computer, isn't tha-"
We can discuss this later.
"What? No, we're talking about th-"
You have other things to worry about at the moment.
"... What do you mean? What's going on?"
Three vehicles are approaching from the west. Fast.