Here’s the next episode of Bugout! California
Saladin and Daan Mertins were through with dinner, and almost through talking. A desert tray was brought in, with some coffee and brandy.
“You know how to live,” Saladin said, picking up a small piece of cheesecake on an ornate plate.
“I try my best,” Daan said. “We must always remain civilized.”
Saladin chuckled. “As we do un-civilized things.”
“It’s for the people’s own good. It’s for equality, and for the environment.”
Saladin laughed. “Keep telling yourself that, brother. It’s really for power, as far as I’m concerned.”
“I thought you’d say it was for your religion.”
Saladin shot him a wicked grin. “That’s a control mechanism. Works well.”
There was a knock on the door.
“Come in,” Daan said.
A UN official came in, looking nervous to see Saladin.
“What is it, Gunter?” Daan asked. He eyed the strong-looking young man, with his good posture and crew cut.
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