State Of Independence

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Jacob Clifton: A+ | 6 USERS: B+
A Real Human Being


He knows her well enough to bash on the door until she wakes, swimming up from the depths into the light, and looks around herself. He knocks, and he knocks. He holds her, for a moment; he commiserates.

Saul: "I can only imagine how shitty Langley must have felt today."
Carrie: "You know, before Beirut I really thought I'd finally found a way to cope with being out of the Company."

Saul grins, proud; tells her to hold that thought. She shakes a little when he hands her the SD card; she can't imagine what could be on it that would have him so quietly pleased. That would have him here, interrupting her funeral.

"My name is Nicholas Brody, and I'm a sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. People will say I was broken, I was brainwashed. People will say that I was turned into a terrorist. Taught to hate my country. My action this day is against such domestic enemies. The Vice President and members of his national security team, who I know to be liars and war criminals. I was right. Responsible for atrocities they were never held accountable for. You were right. This is about justice for 82 children whose deaths were never acknowledged and whose murder is a stain on the soul of this nation. And I want to tell you about one of these children..."

To believe it, to trust it. Even right there in front of you, Nick in his dress whites like an American story that's just beginning. She looks at Saul, smile playing on the edges of her mouth. She twitches, too much electricity running through her as she tries to collate, to collect. To remember what hope was like, before she died; before it was embarrassing to want to save the world. When she remembers, there isn't even time to smile before the tears are on her. Pouring like a flood, like a fire, as the world puts itself back together around her.

"I was right."


Estes puts together a new team in the hopes of getting Nick to bait his handler into the open, while Carrie just does whatever the hell she feels like doing as usual.

JACOB CLIFTON is a freelance writer and critic based in Austin, Texas. He currently recaps Gossip Girl, The Good Wife and Homeland for TWoP. Jacob can be found online at jacobclifton.com, on Twitter, and on Facebook. IRL work appears in BenBella's SmartPop series of anthologies, his novel The Urges, and a novelette, "The Commonplace Book," appeared this month on Tor.com.

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