TC1Y – INGE
At the Greendome home of Inge Hahn, a Sanitation Auditor mentions that in recent months she has gone from a seven dollar subscription to five dollar a month can, and he wants to know why.
The war’s over now and I lost my job to a returning soldier. You know how it is. Money never seems to go far enough. I had to get my budget more in line with my income and trash pickup was a big item.
How did you manage it?
Oh, you know, I just got a little smarter in the groceries I buy and in the way I prepare my trash. You can nest trash within trash within trash if you just give it a little thought. Is there a weight surcharge?
Only if there’s evidence of compacting, which you’ve so far managed to avoid. Would you mind if I looked in your backyard?
Show me a search warrant.
How about your husband, Miss Hahn? Is he home? Would he invite me out back?
It’s just me here. And even if I had a husband, he wouldn’t be the sort of fellow who does an end run around his own wife.
You say you’re looking for work? You know, your future employer might blame the inconvenience of any greater scrutiny of their dumpsters on the uncooperative attitude of one of their new employees, if word got back.
The door is slammed in the Sanitation Auditor’s face. And the way liberal judges are ruling nowadays, it would take more than going from a medium can to a small can to get a search warrant. So he leaves for the easier target next door who had gone from a family-size jumbo ten dollar a month can to the five dollar one. They certainly have some explaining to do. He makes a note that if Inge Hahn’s trash was so much as one inch overflowing, to charge her the full seven dollars of the next can up in size.
Jerry, Robyn, Hunky, and Dory come out from hiding to join Inge in her living room. Doris Day is belting one out on the large radio that is the center of entertainment in the home. Hunky and Dory, as usual, are holding hands. Robyn is a few months along in har pregnancy and starting to show.
That was very satisfying.
She is only a few years older than the four members of the Boda, and so blond that her hair is almost white, plus there is an outrageous storm of brown freckles all over her face and body. She is being meticulously groomed to be the first new member to join the Boda.
It only gets better. Are you ready to go to your training house?
Ready when you are.
Jerry brings out the Golden Gift. When he squeezes it the thing issues a black beam that hisses like an acetylene torch. He feeds a banana peel into the beam which gobbles it up with not a trace left over.
Where did it go?
Each atom of the banana peel is scattered to a random point somewhere in a huge ball, fourteen miles wide and centered on your house. A couple three atoms of the banana peel might even be inside you, Inge, but you didn’t feel them pop in.
Why is it hissing like that?
That’s the air in the house being sucked in.
Let me show you a neat trick.
She tosses a bottle cap from six feet away. It would have missed, but the hissing air near the Golden Gift guides it into its doom.
What is that dark beam?
That’s the actual macro effect.
It looks like a black flame. Why is it shaped like a cone?
It’s because fresh air comes in from the edges, so the particles of the macro effect meet them sooner, but in the middle there’s a vacuum created so the ray goes higher before meeting their first atom of air.
Is that as high as it gets?
Nope, squeezing harder makes it taller.
He makes the beam grow to three feet long.
It’s good for cutting too.
Sha passes Inge’s softball bat through the beam. The bat falls into two pieces with the middle section effortlessly carved out.
So with Jerry leading the way, he shows Inge how to open the Golden Gift to wide “umbrella” mode and cut a tunnel from her basement to the next door neighbor’s house, which has no basement. The new tunnel is tall enough for them to walk through it without crouching. It ends with a little cave-in of earth. A small ladder from Inge’s garage is brought forward.
All of them quietly gather under the floorboards of House Ten and wait for the sounds of footsteps above to stop. When they do, that means everyone in the house has gone to work or school.
Inge and the Boda all enter through an access hatch in the floor of a closet that had been constructed to allow the owner to make an inspection under the house. The womenfolk remove to the kitchen.
Just grab a couple dinner plates. Just a couple of coffee cups. Not enough to raise alarms.
I get it. Even if they miss them, they’ll just assume someone broke them washing them or something.
Jerry takes care of the trash.
I’m leaving just enough to fill a five dollar can.
Why not zap all the trash?
We learned our lesson the hard way. No trash raises alarms. Less trash just raises eyebrows. Now if your hosts here in House Ten go to a smaller can just like you did, you’ll be saving them five dollars a month. So you can skim five dollars a month in value from this host.
Value in what?
A little food from the fridge, a little beer, electric power. I’m going to show you how to tap into their lines safely. When you get seven or eight host homes on your grid they shouldn’t even notice the drain of your own use.
INGE (having second thoughts)
Ah, but living in caves underground, though.
It’s not that bad. Most days you spend in houses while the occupants are away, just like we are doing right now. Besides, no one is looking for you yet. There’s no reason you can’t keep living out of your own house for the time being.
Until I get caught.
If you get caught being the Trash Fairy, do what I did when you caught me. Try to convert them. INGE And if they refuse?
ROBYN (with a wicked grin)
If they refuse, just remember the Golden Gift is the perfect tool to make problems disappear.
Everyone sees the hundred dollars of cash lying on the top of a dresser drawer in the master bedroom, but it remains to be seen what Inge Hahn will do. Inge sees Jerry watching him. She looks at the money, then back at Jerry.
What, are you crazy? We take that money and our whole structure comes crashing down. Jerry Shybear breathes a sigh of relief. A hurdle had been passed. In that moment he believes he has won.
But in truth, Inge has all the money she could want or need. She lied to the Sanitation Auditor when she said she lost her job after the war. She lives on a bottomless allowance from her father, but not even the Boda know about that. She is, in fact, something of a mystery to them, but if Inge ever truly becomes one of them, and participates in the Sharing, everything about her would be laid out under the light of day. So they bide their time and guide her along.
Several months earlier when Robyn let Hunky and Dory the Golden Gift for a while they started to dig under the ground just like Robyn’s father Erik had once done, but they did it to create a network of tunnels between many of the houses in Greendome. Their happy pastime was to explore empty houses when the owners were away at work or else on vacations. Due to the ongoing persecution of the Church by DECON, many of the houses on the Boda’s network were never occupied and became “Safe Houses” much of the time, at least when realtors were not showcasing them to potential buyers. Inge had caught Robyn trying Hunky and Dory’s game solo.
When the Boda’s secret network grew more and more people were only using the small five dollar cans. The county government, which was thoroughly infiltrated by DECON now, made up for the shortfall by charging a flat ten dollars no matter what size can was used. The Boda retaliated by going to total trash disposal. One hundred percent of their host’s garbage was zapped, and many of the citizens dropped weekly pick-up service altogether.
Citizens who cooperated with the Sanitation Auditors and allowed them to come inside their homes were punished by the Boda most severely. The Trash Fairy never visited them again. But those citizens who were ordered by a judge to allow a Sanitation Auditor to inspect their homes were not punished. Trash pickup continued through a small hole in the bottom of their trash can. All of the citizens treated in this way resented DECON and the courts enough not to mention the neat round hole that had appeared at the bottom of their trash can.
The Boda wasn’t just confined to the neighborhoods. A large fraction of the cost of doing any kind of manufacturing was in disposing of hazardous wastes. The Boda would do that for one company at ridiculously low prices, allowing that company to pass the savings on to the consumer and drive all their competitors out of business. Then, armed with their monopoly, prices would creep back up and the Boda would in turn squeeze them for a share. Drilling for water costs five hundred bucks? The Boda will do it for one hundred. Drilling for oil costs ten thousand bucks? The Boda will do it for $200 with the Golden Gift and a ball of twine to hang it from.
In late spring of 1946 Robyn gives birth to her daughter Ariel Shybear. Because sha is still essentially a fugitive, it has to be a home delivery. A hospital was just right out of the question. The entire Boda, including now Inge, does what they can for har but there is no solution for Robyn’s labor pain. Between contractions sha keeps saying it hurts like hell. But when it is all over Robyn has baby Ariel and the pain is forgotten.
Since Robyn has been transformed into a nephilim, a yin, with two Z chromosomes, while Jerry remains a human male with XY chromosomes, the only possible genders Robyn’s baby could be are an XZ, either an ambi or jen, or an YZ, or a yang. Ariel turned out to be an ambi.
All nephilim have a set of two genitals. As an ambi, Ariel is similar to a jen like Yeshua genetically, but rather than having hez penis located over hez vagina, the vagina of Ariel is positioned over hez penis.
Ariel is perfectly healthy and comes with a little pad of soft black hair. Robyn found that words would always fail to fully convey the greatest possible human experience, that of bringing another life into the world. To Robyn, baby Ariel was doll-like, dainty, ruddy, feisty, beautiful. Robyn loves to hold hez face close to har own and sniff hez soft baby scent, that special new person smell. Robyn can hardly believe sha is Ariel’s mother!
And Jerry’s joy in Ariel is just as great as Robyn’s, even if he could never grasp the full depth of har joy in giving life to the baby. One time Haziel tried to describe this joy to Yeshua after giving birth to Del, but it really is something that must be experienced to be grasped.
Earl Roland keeps tightening his noose on the Boda, and they continue to live like rats underneath Greendome. Robyn and Jerry have a second child, but it is a yang this time, and they name hym Edgar.
Late in June 1947 a US Marine C-46 transport plane crashes on the western side of Mount Rainier, the highest peak in the Cascade Range, and when word gets around, a private pilot named Ken Arnold volunteers to aid with the search. While he is circling the mountain on June 24 he spots a cluster of nine brightly glowing meteors rushing past his plane at supersonic speed toward remote Mt. Adams in the south. Because they are pieces of a fireball in the process of breaking up, they seem to be flying in formation, so Arnold assumes they are aircraft, and he interpreted their intermittent bursts of brightness to be sunlight glinting off polished aluminum. The pieces are of irregular shape and they are tumbling, which makes them appear to randomly hop up and down in the air stream.
After his flight Ken tells a reporter that they flew like “a saucer skipping over water.” This is the first modern sighting of Unidentified Flying Objects and it sparks a national obsession with “flying saucers” that borders on mass hysteria because people insist on identifying them as spacecraft operated by aliens.Perhaps it was just more fun that way.
By July there has been many more saucer sightings. Some are ordinary mistakes but most are outright copycat hoaxes. The reporter has somehow garbled Arnold’s description. The pilot merely tried to convey that the objects moved like saucers, not that they looked like saucers. But it is too late, the erroneous quote is already in print, so everyone is “seeing” saucers.
In Greendome Jerry is working to adapt the Golden Gift to an air frame. Jerry’s idea is to obtain powered flight by constantly sucking in air from an intake manifold on the roof of the vehicle, making the air simply “go away” and thus creating a bubble of low pressure over the vehicle. Theoretically this would create lift, much with like a helicopter, but with an ability to stay aloft indefinitely. Jerry is, however, stumped on a final body design.
The first thing that comes to Robyn’s mind is the big national flying saucer craze.
If we make it in the shape of a flying saucer, then even if people see us and report it, they won’t be believed. If they photograph us in flight, they will be accused of taking a snapshot of a hub cap.
Jerry thinks that is a truly brilliant idea and he, with Hunky’s help, builds a flying saucers powered by the Golden Gift. He spends a week teaching Inge, Hunky, and Dory how to use it, but Robyn is too busy with her newborn Edgar and her toddler Ariel to learn to fly. Jerry brings out his puppy-dog face, indicating to his wife that he wants to take Inge out on the saucer, and Robyn has to make a decision.
For a year and more Robyn has been using her power of prediction to keep anyone in the Boda from being picked up by DECON. Some mornings sha’d say, “Don’t go to that house today, Earl’ll getcha.” Sha already knew Inge Hahn’s real name and what will happen if they force the Sharing, so she never pushes for it. She knows Jerry is up for a tour of the national parks in the American southwest, a decent inspection of the Grand Canyon in Arizona and the wind-carved sandstone marvels of Utah that would require at least ten days, just him and Inge alone in a saucer, and she knows they have hanky-panky on their mind, but that, bad as it is to Robyn, isn’t the worst thing that can happen.
If Robyn doesn’t let them go, there’s no longer any scenario where the Boda avoids being captured by Roland. Inge is that close to doing what she always intended to do. If Robyn does let them go, she knows they will both come back, in a manner of speaking, but not anything like the way they are now, yet a path remains open for the Boda to stay free, if living under the town of Greendome could be considered free. So Robyn wishes them a happy trip.
When things get boring between the national parks, Jerry and Inge fill in the time by having sex in a mesh hammock slung between hooks on the bulkheads of the saucer. Jerry figures Robyn, who can see the future (and therefore no hiding anything from her) is fine with it, seeing as how they hadn’t had sex for months while she carried Edgar, which is hard going for a newlywed man. Jerry discovers, to his delight, that Inge’s heavy helping of freckles extends over her entire body.
He had brought along the Purple Cable to enhance things like Hunky and Dory frequently reported, but Inge refuses to let him use it, and so her mind remains a mystery to him even if her delicious body no longer is, inside or out.
The P51 Mustang fighter plane is a bomber escort that revolutionized the strategic bombing campaign over western Europe during the war. Bomber pilots called them, affectionately, their “little friends”. Jet aircraft are coming on line now after the war, but the P51 remains in service as the most numerous fighter in the US Army Air Forces, which is still a few months away from being split off into it’s own branch of the military called the US Air Force.
Unfortunately for Jerry and Inge, they are touring a part of the country that has large empty areas of land given completely over to military operations. In short order Jerry and Inge became acquaint- ed with a P51 over the state of New Mexico. They don’t have a chance. In the War, Mustangs shot almost 5,000 enemy aircraft out of the sky, and destroyed another 4,000 aircraft on the ground. It has six .50 caliber machine guns. Several rounds penetrate the crew canopy. One round hits Jerry in the leg. It is all he can do to get down to the ground without killing himself or Inge.
It is more of a crash than a landing, and it takes place on a ranch about thirty miles north of Roswell. This is to become the most famous “UFO incident” in history. Inge is shaken but not injured.
I think the Golden Gift still works. You can hover us the hell out of here. Inge ties off his injured leg with his belt to try to stop the bleeding.
I still don’t know how to fly this thing. She had expressed no desire to learn, and even now, with Jerry’s life on the line, she is too afraid to try.
I’ll just end up killing both of us. Besides, the airplanes will probably return and finish the job if we’re flying again.
But there is still one thing she is willing to do, and it is an enormous thing. Both of them eye the Purple Cable. She snaps one end into her head, and the other end to Jerry’s head, and then she begins to receive him. Jerry’s memories and personality flood in. Inge’s self is pushed down and flooded out, but there is the beginning of a creeping return as the edges of Inge soak back into the new memories of Jerry which now stand firmly in the center of her mind.
The threshold trigger levels between brain cells are being flushed of Inge’s values and set to Jerry’s values, but this is not fully accomplished. The neurons are even being physically rerouted to reflect Jerry’s long-term memories but this too is not one hundred percent complete.
Feedback goes up the Purple Cable back to Jerry. From that instant he knows her great secret there is no such person as Inge Hahn. She is really Becky Roland, the daughter of their enemy Earl Roland who had imprisoned Robyn and Hunky at the Clinic, burned down the temple, and made all of them fugitives. Roland was their implacable enemy, and Becky, his own daughter, is a plant. At first Jerry is horrified by this betrayal. But with Becky’s supreme sacrifice, giving up her very identity, Becky is saying to Jerry, “I am truly one of you.”
A new person is emerging who has 71% of Jerry’s brain wiring and 29% of Becky’s original wiring. At one point Becky fully surrenders her original identity, and after that a new composite person stares out at Jerry and his crippled and bleeding body.
The new Jerry, filled with amazement lets his hands roam all over his new female body with the creamy, freckled skin. So soft and smooth! He is a woman now, in body and spirit. The influence of Becky remains and has combined with a buried impulse that once led Aaron Anton to call him a natural bottom. Jerry is fully a she. And she decides to call herself Jill from that moment forward.
Both Becky and Jerry have completed the Name Ritual and are fully b’nei elohim.
They will be coming.
He hardly needs to speak to Jill. They are almost exactly the same person, still linked by the Purple Cable.
Leave before we’re both captured.
You could suffer True Death.
It is a concept that Jerry alone has rolled around in his mind long before this. He knows a terminal mind-capture must encapsulate the moment of death. If even one second was allowed to transpire after the recording, then the individual bifurcated. One would go on, but the other would experience being extinguished.
I trust you will move heaven and earth to make sure that is not so.
He removes the Purple Cable from his head, establishing the bifurcation, then gives the Golden Gift to Jill.
Eliminate all the important parts of the saucer and all the controls.
There is still a little water left over, enough for Jerry to drink until he is captured, and enough for Jill to fill two canteens. She also takes along a bag of trail mix to eat. But she is whiter than white, and she knows the sun is really going to kick her ass during the hike.
It takes the rest of the day and part of the following night for Jill to walk across the desert south to the town of Roswell. From there she calls her bank, has money wired to her, and returns to Greendome by bus, which takes another three days with all the required bus transfers.
Cowboys find the wreckage in the desert while Jill is still on foot. They render what first aid they can and take Jerry to a small hospital in town. The movement of the horse-driven cart as he is carried out of there is terribly agonizing to him. The doctor saves Jerry’s leg, but he is laid up in traction and can make no move to escape.
The 509th Bomb Group retrieves the saucer from the rancher’s land and cranes it onto a truck. But it is just a pile of junk and there is nothing they can learn from it. There is no motor and no controls. It looks like a playground saucer made to entertain some children. And Jerry refuses to explain how it or he came to be there.
In the saloons, cowhands mention the “silver disk” they found and soon enough some reporters come calling. The Army press liaison tells them it is just debris from the crash of something they call project Mogul, and that Jerry Shybear was a local “Indian” who found it first, and shot himself in the leg when he thought he saw something move.
Then an Army general bitches about the leak of Mogul. Tasked to conceal the existence of Mogul, the first thing that comes to mind was the big national flying saucer craze, exactly what occurred to Robyn’s mind. So the Air Force makes an official announcement that it had recovered the wreckage of a flying saucer. The press goes even more nuts, and the Air Force bureaucracy gradually realizes it had made a huge mistake.
On July 8 they go on the radio, retract the flying saucer claim, and say naw, it is really just a weather balloon they picked up. Americans were less cynical in those days and let this go, so the military successfully covered up the cover-up. Two years later when the existence of Project Mogul is declassified the Air Force says their original saucer statement is inoperative and that it had really been Mogul all along. Mogul is now the operative statement.
Mogul had been an experiment to send balloons with microphones and tape recorders high into the sky to listen for Soviet nuclear detonations, then pick up the recordings later after the balloons had circled the globe. So the press and the public let it drop again and the Air Force concludes they have successfully covered up the coverup of the coverup.
That was the last anyone heard of it until three things happened that took away America’s virginity and put an end to the halcyon days when her leaders were looked up to and trusted implicitly. The first was the assassination of the President in 1963, which sparked a poisonous conspiracy mindset that only seemed to be validated by later events, especially the Tet Offensive in South Vietnam in 1968, when people realized with shock that the government had lied and victory was nowhere in sight in the Vietnam War, plus the cover-ups and incredible abuses of power of the Watergate affair.
Only after this vast attitude shift did people begin to read ominous things into the comedy of errors that took place at the beginning of the UFO era in 1947. Alien bases were then imagined to exist in the four corners area of the southwestern United States. An entire alphabet soup of imaginary government agencies were cooked up who were supposed to control all the top secret information on the alien presence, and even the information that these agencies existed was, conveniently, also supposed to be classified top secret. There were claims that projects existed to recover all downed flying saucers and claims that projects existed to overhaul and test-fly recovered flying saucers at “Area 51b3 sixty miles northwest of Las Vegas. And the very lack of evidence for any of these claims was considered the best proof that a conspiracy to hide the truth existed.
Jerry Shybear is taken to a location in arid land but it isn’t Area 51 (Groom Lake), since the government did not establish that base until 1955. There is even a clinic much like the one at Hanford, but with much enhances security. Earl Roland learns from his mistakes.
When Jill returns to Greendome she gives Robyn the Golden Gift, lays out the bad news first.
Jerry is either dead or in the hands of the enemy.
Hunky and Dory grow filled with grief and press Jill for answers. She answers truthfully, but the hardest questions come from Robyn.
I betrayed you, Robyn. We both did. Please don’t ask me to Share, you won’t like what you see.
So it was an affair.
Robyn had to admit to harself sha opened the door to that when sha told Jerry he owed her one homosexual fling. Har marriage to Jerry should have come first in every instance.
Jill then starts to dribble out some good news she had allowed Jerry to take possession of her body, in the same way Chokhmah had taken possession of Haziel, or how Binah had possessed Yeshua. All of Jerry’s memories until the moment of possession are intact.
But I am not Jerry, nor am I Inge Hahn anymore. I ask you to call me only Jill from now on.
This cheers up the b’nei elohim somewhat. Both Jerry and Inge are still present with them. Jerry is dead, but he lives on behind Jill’s eyes. And Jill herself has undergone an ad hoc version of the Name Ritual. The b’nei elohim have truly added a new member. Still, Hunky and Dory both feel something about Jill isn’t quite right. So Jill toggles once more and lays out some bad news.
There never was any such person as Inge Hahn. My real name is Becky Roland, and I am the daughter of Earl Roland, planted by him here in the Greendome area so I could infiltrate your group.
Robyn knew that all along. Sha lets out a slow sigh. At least now it is out in the open.
DORY (hardly able to believe it)
Why did you do that to us, Jill? We loved you!
And I still love you, all of you. Enough to surrender my body and soul so that Jerry might live. And I’m not finished giving. If there’s a chance Jerry’s alive, I must find him. And if he is dead, that only makes it even more important that I find him.