Ellie stood, dumbfounded: so many machines, so many people, all in the shadow of the biggest Ring she could imagine. Also, a Giant Fucking Robot.
Her own name yelled on the freezing wind grabbed her attention. She turned and was tackled “Holy shit, Ellie!” cried Hutch.
“I thought you were dead,” she bawled, hugging him.
“I thought I was dead!”
“What the hell is going on?”
“Damned if I know. I was in a big tube with others and—”
The way he stopped scared her. She followed his gaze to the sky and saw the planes coming. Big ones. Bombers.