Red Coal Carpet
starring Christopher Eccleston and Naomie Harris, for @jazzfic
SONG: Patti Smith - Gimmie Shelter
Parents told the stories to their children, to keep them from wandering at night. The kind of stories that kept even those full-grown cowering in the dark when the dry winds blew. Everyone knew what lay beyond the walls: pain and terror and the smell of blood.
Cass Merón (Harris) knew that better than anyone.
But when the Chancellor (Eccleston) caught her red-handed, stealing into the depot to liberate more than her fair share of rations, he offered her a simple choice. She could starve to death in the river cells, like her brothers before her, or take his deal. Across the wastes, he said, lay salvation. Maybe even hope.
Cass put down her weapons and decided to start anew. The last thing anyone expected was that she would make it through the wastes alive.