On February 10, 2035 with an absolute unwillingness to be a part of the U.N. takeover the state of Texas with Oklahoma, Arkansas, New Mexico, and Arizona declared the Independent Texas Republic and declared war on the drug cartels.
Stephen Hampton had just closed the door behind him.
â€śIâ€™ve got everything ready for a quick bite, honeyâ€¦â€ť she began.
â€śWhy?â€ť he asked. He was unusually tired.
â€śHere, I fixed you a pick me up,â€ť she said handing him a strong cup of coffee.
He took the first sip.
â€śThere was a call from the Governor's office. Heâ€™s coming here to see us with â€śtwo other gentlemenâ€ť in, uh, 20 minutes. Just said it was important. I told him it would be convenient.â€ť
â€śWhy didnâ€™t you call me?â€ť he asked.
â€śIt just happened, well, almost just. Iâ€™m glad you got home. No sooner had his assistant hung up, Annalaurie called.â€ť
Stephen had never seen Alicia this excited.
â€śCalm down, sweetheart,â€ť he said as he gave her a quick hug and turned to go to put on a fresh shirt and tie.
â€śDonâ€™t you want to know why theyâ€™re coming?â€ť she asked.
â€śYes, yes, what did Annalaurie say?â€ť
â€śThe Governor is going to appoint you to complete the term of Representative Cummings, heâ€™s been sick you know.â€ť
â€śThe Governorâ€™s been sick?â€ť
â€śNow, donâ€™t tease me, Stephen. Cummings has been sick and has asked to be relieved which you know quite well. You told me about him just a few days ago. Say, did you maybe expect this?â€ť she asked poking him in the ribs as he tried to tuck in his shirt.
â€śNo, not really. I was hoping a little, but nothing had been said,â€ť Stephen said. â€śNate had made just a slight mention.â€ť
â€śAh Hah! So thatâ€™s why Annalaurie knows. So she tipped us off.â€ť
â€śAnnalaurie knows more than Nate, She always does. She probably knows more than anyone with the possible exception of God Himself,â€ť Stephen said.
â€śThereâ€™s a limo. Iâ€™ll greet them. You hurry on out. Do I look O.K.?â€ť she asked.
â€śYou look positively edible,â€ť Stephen said as she scurried to the door and answered as the pretty serene wife everybody expected.
The meeting didnâ€™t last long. Stephen accepted and began his duties the next Tuesday in the Texican Congress. There were 19 months left on Cummings term. Stephen would run for the seat at the next election and win.