Jason Lawrence Bell
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‘Help is needed and help is demanded. Yet, we wait for the heroes to step forward,’ were the first thoughts of the writer. He had just set down with his morning cup of coffee and begun his writing. Between the sentences he would glance out his bay window to the valley view, then back to his writing. The events of his week were fresh in his mind and he needed to put them down in words. This organized his thoughts and it helped him make sense of everything. He noticed that details and subtle connections were easier to distinguish once written down.

Our writer was named Brian Burns and he worked at The Post as an investigative reporter. He was a veteran reporter who had been collecting details for weeks for his current report. The week before was particularly confusing with strange behavior from characters and past revelations that were unexpected. Brian focused on the multiple pieces searching for the thread, that once pulled, would expose the full picture.

The story started with a thirteen-year-old girl from a foster care program. She had been placed with a working-class family that had two other foster kids living with them. Emily was the name of the new arrival. The two other foster kids were also girls named Emmy and Evelyn and were thirteen as well. With the entrance of Emily, the three became close friends and were seldom seen apart.

The foster parents began noticing strange behavior between the girls. They had developed a private way of communicating using a type of sign language. They would have long conversations between themselves without speaking. This unnerved the foster partners at first, until Emily carefully explained they were only talking about school, homework and others kids. The foster parents willingly bought into the reasoning and preferred a quieter household.

The girls had become fascinated with the Girl Scouts and asked the parents if they could become members. The parents liked the idea especially when they learned this chapter of Girl Scouts had many activities and the girls would often be away on trips. Free babysitting was a big plus for the foster parents. Nearly every week day after school there were scout activities and most weekends the girls were gone camping or scout summits or whatever. The foster parents were in bliss. They seldom saw the girls, yet got paid well for the little they had to do.

How Emily became a person of interest to Brian was through an Environmental article Brian was preparing about weather changes in their state. New weather patterns and extreme storms were happening more frequently every year and Brian documented it all through his award-winning article. That article changed Brian. He was now a staunch believer in environmental disasters that seemed inevitable in the world’s future. Especially since the world leaders are doing so little so slowly. Interestingly the Girl Scouts were becoming outspoken leaders of educating the public to environmental information and needs for change. That’s when he met Emily.

At Climate Change marches Brian noticed Girl Scouts were everywhere. They were the main organizers and Emily was a frequent speaker. Though Emily was only 13 she was incredibly articulate and could clearly present complicated scientific data to the captivated audiences. Brian noticed throughout the country the Girl Scouts had become the premiere group that had a constant presence as organizers and presenters of environmental issues. Frequently Brian saw Emily in the middle of it all. She appeared at Congress begging action from Representatives. She was on the news shows explaining the need for urgent action.

Brian decided his next report would be on the amazing work of the Girl Scouts and he wanted to feature Emily in the article. When he approached Emily about an interview regarding herself, she resisted and became insistent that she only wanted to talk about the important issues. This peaked Brian curiosity. How does a 13-year-old girl not want attention? But that was Emily. Brian began collecting any information he could research about Emily and the Girl Scout chapters and the leaders behind the well-organized movement.

Brian had collected large stacks of information about everything Girl Scout and now he needed to make sense of it. First, he looked at the main leaders of each chapter. Interesting enough they were all 13-year-old girls. Then Brian noticed the names. In Emily’s chapter the leaders were Emily, Emmy and Evelyn. In the Eastern Chapter the leaders were Betty, Beatrice and Bertha. The Western Chapter was Debbie, Donna, and Darlene. The Central Charter was Rose, Robin and Rebecca. Was this just a coincidence, or something else? So, Brian looked further into Emily’s history. She was a foster child but her records were sealed so he could not find out where she was from or why she was in foster care. So, he checked Emmy and Evelyn. Again, foster kids with sealed records. From a hunch he decided to checked the leaders from the other chapters. Astoundingly they were all foster kids with sealed records. How could foster kids be so organized and effective?

Brian was lost in confusion. The more he learned the more he couldn’t understand. Brian had the phone number of Emily’s Girl Scout Chapter and called it. Fortunately, Emily answered the phone. She remembered who Brian was and that he was a reporter. Emily answered, ‘hi Brian. How can I help you?’ Brian blurted out, ‘you know I’m writing an article about the Girl Scouts and I have found information that I need help understanding’. Then Brian explained the names peculiarity, the foster care connections and 13-year age coincidences. He needed explanations.

Emily assured Brian everything had a simple explanation. Emily continued ‘Brian let me connect you with the perfect person to answer all your questions. Her name is Charlotte. I will have her call you shortly.’ Brian said, ‘great, I will wait for her call.’ Within 5 minutes Brian was on the phone with Charlotte.

Charlotte was very friendly and easy to talk to. She suggested that they meet and she will explain everything. They arranged to meet at a local coffee shop. Brian was early when Charlotte walked to his table. She introduced herself and sat down. She looked about the same age as Brian. Brian who was freshly out of a relationship, thought Charlotte was attractive. Really more than attractive, she was stunning. Brian tried to focus on his questions, but Charlotte was hard to look at and think at the same time. So, Charlotte took the lead, ‘planet earth is now in desperate conditions for human survival. Much more desperate than even our scientific research has found. If humans are to survive, immediate action is required. We are part of that immediate action. Thru girls, through women, through mothers, the female gender will direct the world to correct thinking. We will take over governments and become CEOs to industries that heal the damage cause by the rule of men. Men got us into this mess, women will get us out.’

As Charlotte spoke Brian was fixed on her words and thought historically, she was correct but could women really be the answer. If the women were all as intellectual and charismatic as Charlotte, then he felt hope. But hope wasn’t all Brian was feeling. Brian was becoming infatuated with Charlotte. Brian found himself agreeing with everything she said and offering to dedicate his reporting entirely to environmental issues. This made Charlotte so happy and she respected his dedication and she even openly flirted with Brian. Brian was hooked. And so was Charlotte. They became constant companions. Within a few months they were married and quickly became a power couple in environmental circles. The issues of the foster girls and Girl Scouts never came up again. Peace