Ellie and Luiz watched the dust cloud grow in the distance.
Luiz said, “There’s a lot of them.”
“Yeah,” said Ellie. She checked the safety on her AR-15 again.
“You don’t need that,” he said.
“I hope not.”
There were a dozen vehicles or so and perhaps fifty people among them. Most stayed back a few hundred yards but a Mustang approached and parked in front of Ellie and Luiz. A woman emerged. She was dressed like a high school English teacher.
“We’re not here for trouble,” she said. “We’re going to the Ring and we could use a guide.”