Bug Out! Part 8: RV Park Terror

Bug Out! Part 8: RV Park Terror by Robert Boren

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done. If it bothers me, I’ll just email everything to the laptop and finish up out there.”
    “How long?” Jeb asked.
    “It’ll take some time…I’ll probably have it done in a couple of days. This breaks me into the payload, but I’ll need to write code to translate the content, and to present it in the apps in a way that can be read,” Frank said.
    “Okay,” Charlie said. “I was just about to call everybody in.”
    “Go for it,” Frank said.
    Charlie and Hilda walked out of the clubhouse together. Jeb picked up the remote and turned off the TV. “Enough of that,” he said grimly.
    “Hey, Jeb, you want to go fetch Rosie?” Jerry asked.
    “Was on my way,” he said, getting up. “Want me to get Jasmine?”
    “I’m going out there anyway,” Jerry said. “I’ll join you.”
    The two men walked out together, leaving Frank at the PC, and Kurt, the Sheriff, and Mary chatting softly on the far side of the room.
    People started to trickle in. Jane came in with Lucy, and walked over to Frank.
    “I hear your program made a breakthrough,” she said. Frank turned up to her and smiled.
    “Yeah, it broke the encryption. Now I have to code the apps to un-encrypt and display the info.”
    “How long will that take?”
    “A day or two,” Frank said.
    “Good,” she said. “You going to be able to break a few minutes for this meeting?”
    “Yeah, for the gist. Then I’ll get back on this and just listen.”
    Jane nodded. “I’ll save you a seat.” She took Lucy and walked over to one of the long tables, joining Jasmine and Jerry, who had just come in.
    Soon everybody was there, chatting softly. Charlie and Hilda got up in the front.
    “Everybody hear me alright?” Charlie asked.
    People hushed and looked at him, nodding and murmuring yes. Frank saw that, and came over, sitting down next to Jane.
    “Thanks for coming, everybody,” Hilda said. Then she looked over at Charlie.
    “Well, what do you think of our new home?” he asked.
    There was a smattering of applause.
    “Still needs a might bit of cleaning up,” Gabe said, laughing.
    “Sure does,” Jeb said. “I like it, but it’s not defensible. If the cretins get past the border, we’ll find ourselves in a straight up battle that we probably can’t win.”
    “I agree,” Charlie said. “If Kansas stays safe, we’ll be fine. We do have Frank’s apps to give us early warning, at least.”
    “I heard that Frank break code,” Rosie said. “Is going to work?”
    Frank stood up. “The encryption program figured out how to translate the payload data. I still have some work to do, in order to implement that capability in the apps. It’ll take me a day or two to get it done.”
    “What’ll that buy us?” Mary asked.
    “That all depends on what’s in the payload of these chips,” Frank said. “I’m hoping it has info on who the person is. If it doesn’t, I’ll have to continue on with the hacking I was doing out in the barn, and see if I can link chip serial numbers to names from their database. Keep your fingers crossed. We aren’t done yet.”
    “Thanks, Frank,” Charlie said. “You let us know if you need help, otherwise we’ll try to leave you alone to get the job done.”
    Frank nodded.
    “We have some financial stuff to talk about,” Hilda said.
    “Yeah,” Charlie said. “Here’s the deal. Chet, the owner of this RV Park, passed away about six years ago. His son took it over for a while. Since this place is off the beaten path, there wasn’t much business coming through. It probably did pretty well before I-70, but after that, it would have been rough.”
    “Looks to me like it was a full timer retirement place,” Gabe said. “Found evidence of that in the trailers.”
    “That’s what Howard told me,” Kurt said.
    “Right,” Charlie replied. “So, to make a long story short, the son ran the place until the remaining residents were too old to live here anymore. Then he padlocked the place and left. He was

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