The time, just after the next atomic war. The place, somewhere in America. In a moment of weakness, Betsy wants to open the lead shutters that protect them from radiation. In voiceover, she tells about the 10 month war of unending H-bomb attacks that led to this moment. Hank is upset with her, and threatens to send her back to the basement tenements.
The news that she’s going to have a baby changes his mood, and standing with the counsel to have a healthy child born. They discuss the humans who weren’t so lucky to have made it to the shelters, and the mutants who dwell outside. Left to herself though, Betsy returns to her dream, and curiosity of the strange noises she heard outside.
Are the people living outside really as bad as Betsy has been told? Shouldn’t they look all scarred, and deformed? People and creatures sound so wonderful and good. All hate and ugliness has been burned away. If anything, its the people who shut themselves in who remain dirty and ugly. Does it take more than sheer bravery to survive the radiation outside? Has Patrick been telling the truth about life outside?
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