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Hi there readers and lovers of all things dystopian. I’m sure you’ve noticed, but I’ve been neglecting you. I’m sorry. Truly. However, my work schedule keeps me busy, my store (OddShack.etsy.com) is always beckoning for love and attention and in all honesty… I’ve had to shelve this product. Sadly, all my waking hours are filled and Harper Eckles has been (big sigh) shelved.

Shelved. That’s a dirty word in the writing world isn’t it? Sadly, while  the feedback I’ve received is positive, I am not blind. I can see that the market is flooded with dystopian right now. While it has always been, and surely will continue to be, my absolute favorite, I made the mistake of pushing something that is “in”. I continue to work on the next book in the series (this here blog, as you know, is a prequel to the first), but am having to redirect my time elsewhere. I’m currently polishing and beginning to push a new contemporary YA sci-fi and am working on a SFF new adult bit of serial fiction. I’ve already received an invitation for this piece, once complete and will let you all know how to subscribe.

Also, I am caving to demand and am creating an author’s website. It will have short stories, articles, and random ramblings for anyone who wants to sneak a peak. It is in its infancy, but I hope to have the site up and running by month’s end. I will be closing this site within the next few days though. If you’d like to see future posts from me and want to keep updated on when my new Author website launches, when you can get your hands on my serial fiction series, and receive updates on future projects, please follow me on Twitter: @MeachamOddshack

I hope to see you there. It has been a blast working on this project. I’m sorry I bit off more than I could chew, and cannot express how much I have loved getting to know some of you, how amazing your feedback has been, and truly, how grateful I am for your time, your thoughts, and more than anything, your support. So, goodbye for now, all of you. Thank you for everything. Best of luck to you all, and in case I haven’t mentioned it enough, thank you.

And again, I will be pursuing this project in the future. Don’t you worry. You’ll find out what happens to Harper, just not today.

So until next time…

We are the Legion. The Legion lives on. Harper Eckles, out.

May 2, 2117

Today is a dark day, a day that will go down in the history of this once great nation of ours. Once upon a time America stood for freedom and had been the most brilliant beacon of hope in a tumultuous world. We had led the charge, advocating for humanitarian causes across a broad spectrum, especially for humane treatment of all people, without restriction. While the Elites have long done away with the humanitarian mantel once anchored securely around our shoulders, today they take that bastardization of morality one step further.

Today, the Devil will announce torture, torment and evil- new weapons in their war on democracy. Soon, a broadcast will go out across this entire nation – a new day, a new era- one bloodier than the last and hedging the way into a darker future.

Why, you ask…

In the name of financial gain…for entertainment…. they will claim. I’m sure at some point, they will nod to sovereignty as well, but you and I, and every other member of the Legion, the entire Opposition… we can be certain of the true answer to that question- to send a very clear message to us all.

What are the Elites doing now, you wonder…

They have long been in the business of playing God, using myself and other Elite Premiers as executioners of their will. So too have they been dabbling in the fine art of selling souls. However, they will now be moving that market to the mainstream.

Today they will announce the auctioning off of our loved ones.

It’s true. The broadcast that will call out across this nation in the matter of hours will showcase their newest gimmick, their newest spectacle. In the time since my April 25, 2117 post they have managed to capture all remaining immediate family members of the sixteen lives spent at the entrance to the Pitman Tunnels – the three who made the delivery and the thirteen captured trying to obtain clean water.

Each of those family members will go up for sale in an auction open to all Elites. They will be sold, one per day over the next several weeks. Once sold, the highest bidder will arrive to a “secure location” where they will be given four hours. Four hours to do whatever they wish, as long as it ends in their death. As nauseating as this may be, it gets worse.

Also open to all Elites is a subscription service wherein you pay a fee to stream the live feed and watch the four hour allotment. You can buy per person, or subscribe to the entire event, wherein each of the public executions will be streamed to the personal device of your choosing.

Remember, this is now the Elites’ America. We’re nothing if not smart business men and women. Can’t miss out on a profitable opportunity like this, right?

Please, my dear followers… forgive me for my sarcasm, my callous demeanor. Ice is my only shield as I face this horrifying future. As an Elite Premier, I will witness Every. Single. Death. they televise. As a member of this Legion, the Opposition, I will become more enraged, more determined to turn the tide against them. As a citizen, I will feel more helpless. And, as a person, I will become more broken. This newest chapter in America’s future breaks my heart, as I’m sure it does yours.

But we mustn’t allow it to break our resolve. Do not shrink away from them. Do not allow this to instill more fear in you.

Do not allow them to beat you, to beat us.

That is what they want. They want to make it appear as though they are impenetrable, beyond our reach. Well, they are human, the same as you and me. We may not possess the evil that flows through their veins, but flow it does, and when cut, they bleed, just like you and I.

Though it may be difficult to remember, one day… one day this will change. We will bring their own measures of deceit, misery and pain to them. We need only bide our time, continue to build toward that moment… that single, glorious moment when we strike back and reclaim honor, dignity and democracy.

So until next time… We are the Legion. The Legion lives on. Harper Eckles, out.

April 22, 2117

Abort! Abort! If you’re planning on picking up some of the water described yesterday, DON’T! Somehow (I don’t yet know how), the Elites learned of the supply/location. They’re using it as bait. Delivery was made less than twenty minutes ago. Our three men who made the delivery didn’t check in. We are working to determine their whereabouts, but if you planned on getting water, just sit tight. We will get another supply to you.

For those who won’t see this because they are already en route…. if you’ve somehow managed to hold onto your faith… May God be with you.

I communicate this message with the deepest regret. And for anybody we may lose, I offer my deepest sympathies. I will update you as and when I know more.

Until next time…

We are the Legion. The Legion lives on. Harper Eckles, out.

April 21, 2117

The signal isn’t strong today, and I’m afraid the communication between all necessary proxy servers will not hold long to maintain encryption. So, I say only this:

Bottled water will be delivered for Municipal Six Legion members at the entrance to the Pitman Tunnels, just inside the border to the Middle. Delivery to be tomorrow, 0600. Implement standard Legion protocol, ensure you are not followed and take only what you can conceal on your person. No unnecessary risks and come alone. Do not share the information. You know the drill.

This will be a first come, first serve basis. Best of luck.

Until next time…

We are the Legion. The Legion lives on. Harper Eckles, out.

April 20, 2117

Well, it appears the perpetual drought is going to impact all of us here in Muni Six a bit more than usual. Of course, by all of us, I mean all those who are not Elites. Rest assured, their lawns, swimming pools, golf courses, long, hot showers, decorative fountains,  etc. will remain unaffected. However, all those in the Middle, and especially in the Underbelly, please consider yourselves warned.

Last week, we participated in a meeting to which we received our subsequent Premier briefing just yesterday. We were given certain orders to implement that will have a direct impact on each of you. Our orders indicate we will be providing details and/or deliveries to Elites placed throughout the Middle and Underbelly to ensure they continually have access to clean water. However, a broadcast will be made across Muni 6 indicating that all other citizens will be subject to severe water restrictions.  Those in the Middle will be allotted only one gallon of water per person, per week for the entire month of May. As for those of you in the Underbelly, you will receive one liter…just one measly liter of water per person, per week. Now, we all know, such amounts are not able to sustain life. The Elites are aware of this as well; they suffer no delusions that one liter is sufficient for seven days’ hydration. In fact, a handful of Elites even voiced concern that such restriction would cause their Non-Threat, Viables, and other Underbelly “meat-suits”, to experience a premature death. Their concern is that such deaths are unnecessary and would make future broad medical testing and conflict scenarios difficult without the endless supply of “meat-suits”. Despite this concern, the restrictions are being implemented and will commence May 1st.

It may be interesting to note that the few Elites who had voiced such concern suddenly went “missing”. Of course, the Capital states that their missing status while uncanny, is nothing more than coincidence. Even more coincidental was the rash of “Fresh Meat” deliveries made throughout the Underbelly. The Capital claimed the meat to be a gift for the Underbelly. As sickening as this may be, remember, at the end of the day, life sustaining protein is still life sustaining. You had no knowledge that what you consumed last week following the Elites’ open discussion was anything abnormal. You couldn’t have known, just as I didn’t until today. Times have never been more desperate, and though cannibalism is still nausea-inducing, it cannot be foregone in the face of true hunger and starvation. You have done nothing wrong. The Capital served a message to the dissenters in our meeting, and in so doing, were able to embolden your menu. For that, I apologize and assure you, if I learn of something like this again, I will give what warnings I can.

Back to the more pressing issue: If you have a secure/hidden storage area, fill every container you can spare with water. Remember, water storage in unclean containers can be dangerous. If this is a method you must use, please ensure you boil the water before drinking to reduce your chances of e-coli consumption, etc. As we proceed into the month, it will get more and more difficult to heed this next bit of advice: Do not drink simply because you’re thirsty. Yes, to be thirsty is to be dehydrated. However, try to pace yourself; take only the occasional sip in an effort to keep severe dehydration at bay. If you are unable to control your usage early on, you will deplete your resources too soon.

Of course it goes without saying, but do not use water for showering, cleaning, washing clothes, etc. Beyond this, we will have to get creative if we are to survive the next month. Colton and I have secured six contraptions that will allow you to filter, reuse and yes, drink your urine. Please note, these once belonged to the Military Nationals, and if the directions are followed properly, it is perfectly safe (even if not exactly appetizing). We will be supplying these contraptions to known Legion members we believe appropriately placed to make the best use of them – those who will be able to share with a high number of you. Additionally, we have a small stockpile of bottled water we have been collecting over the past few years. We will make them available as regularly as possible and alert you to the locations. I do apologize we are unable to do more, but the bottled water will be on a first come, first serve basis.

The odds against those of you in the Underbelly are enormous here. However, those of you in the Middle are not immune to dehydration either. We must be frugal, we must be creative, and remember, fruits and vegetables contain water. Select those over sodium-rich processed meats and canned goods from the FRE when you can. Be courageous, and do not give up. More importantly, please, please do not forget your humanity through this. Share your water if you can, just as Colton and I will be doing all that we can. This is going to be a difficult month for all of us, but please, do not fight amongst yourselves. Do not take advantage of non-members, and don’t forget to share with non-members too. Though your neighbors may not belong to the Legion as we do, we are all victims of the Elites. Don’t lose sight of that.

Any emergency scenarios or requests for aid, please post them here. We will alert you to locations of water as we can…Beyond that…let’s hope for rain and pray the restriction ends before the arrival of summer.

Until next time…

We are the Legion. The Legion lives on. Harper Eckles, out.

April 13, 2117

We all know about the dreaded Retrievals, those “honors” people within the Upper, Middle, and occasionally, the Underbelly, of each Municipal sometimes receive. Of course, the Elites regularly test our children, claiming they are nothing more than “Standardized Testing.” When we’re younger, we refer to them as  “Live or Die tests” or as I often preferred, the “Make it or Fake its”. The tests begin at age eight, and the results determine our paths. The bottom ten percent are always, succinctly eliminated without notification to the families. Once their children are dead, the parents receive a text alert (or if they live in the Underbelly without power, a letter) indicating their children did not meet the threshold for Continuation. There is no detail, no pause for apology…. just a succinct telling of their child’s fate. Game over.

Of course, there are times when special needs children get exempted from the elimination, though not always. For those who do get exempted they often become pets, or play things of non-military purposed Elites. They are photographed, ridiculed, promoted or forced to do demeaning things in the hope of living to see another day. Some live a very luxurious life, but many others… many others would have benefited from elimination.

As for those who did “pass” the tests, they get grouped based upon their achievements, the higher testing get grouped separate from the moderate intelligence. Each year, the children are subjected to another round. Each year, the bottom ten percent of those in the “High Functioning” group get dropped to the “Mid-Range Functioning” group, and the bottom ten percent there get eliminated. This allows them to ensure that by the time we reach eighteen years of age, all that remains are the top ten percent, and in the “High Functioning” group, only one percent. Welcome to the New America, where if you are not deemed worthy, you will cease to draw breath. Of course, there is some leeway in the Municipal Underbellies, where if those who do fall into the bottom percentile remain docile and cooperative are often left to live. They will serve other purposes at a later date. (See http://cloveramerica.net/2015/04/30/municipal-two-update/ for more information.)

The Elites here in Muni Six are preparing for another round of retrievals. There were nearly a dozen subjects that stood out in the last round of Elite testing. As such, we will be Retrieving them, to incorporate into our grooming system. The Elites see this selection as the highest honor to befall anyone, but you and I, and all our fellow Legion supporters, know this is one of the darkest fates to befall anyone.

True, their children may survive, but after the Elites have finished grooming them, the shell of the person that remains will be broken and will no longer remember who they used to be. Trust me. My becoming an Elite was a far greater torment than I ever could have found in death.

I have put in a request to participate in the Retrieval and will provide any updates as I can. If my request is granted, I will be privy to names of the children on the list and will warn you all, if possible.

Until next time…

We are the Legion. The Legion lives on. Harper Eckles, out.

April 9, 2117

As you all know, I received the unfortunate appointment of an Elite Premier upon completion of Secondary Education. Most days, this appointment as a Premier makes my skin crawl. Not only do I work for the enemy Elites, but I am one of their go-to people, a favorite, the first choice in doing their most inhumane and demoralizing tasks. However, such an appointment does contribute immensely toward the Legion’s Cause… on occasion.

To address some of the concerns that have been brought to my attention, I think it best I show my full hand. After all, this broadcast is about keeping communication open, and more importantly, about ensuring we have honesty and a basis for trust.

So, yes. I have personally killed Opposition members, and even some Legion members as well. But, please know without a shadow of a doubt, that this has been avoided whenever and however possible. It was only done when following a direct order to maintain my cover. Some of the lives I have taken were friends of mine. Shedding their blood… shedding any loyal blood, is something that will haunt me the rest of my life.

Also true, I have implemented plans, enacted orders and made deliveries that cost additional Legion and Opposition lives. For example, I was the individual who placed the incendiary device at the shuttle station in the Underbelly here in Muni Six, just a few weeks ago. One hundred eighteen lives were taken that day, fifty-three loyal to the Opposition and nine were fellow Legion members. Their deaths weigh on my conscience daily, but please know this my dear followers, if I would have refused, their blood still would have been shed. In fact, if I am found out, countless others will be made vulnerable as well. True, I would have been eliminated immediately, and in a public forum. Surely, I would be made an example of, but I do not fear death.

My actions are not in an effort to maintain my security, but rather, to maintain my anonymity.

If I die, nothing will change. The world will remain as dangerous as it is for us today. The savagery that runs rampant through our streets will still be inflicted by the Elites as usual. But, my maintaining anonymity within their inner circle as a Premier, that, now that gives us an advantage.

And on that note, I do have an update for you. Another incendiary device is being delivered tomorrow at 0800. It will be located within the FRE. Steer clear. I will update you after.

Until next time…

We are the Legion. The Legion lives on. Harper Eckles, out.