Fragment 2 - Power at all Costs

"There, look," Aaron said, gesturing toward the platform. The mayor of Bedford was gathered with the owners of the power plant atop a small stage. A crowd of a few hundred workers had gathered below, along with Aaron and Kate. "They are about to turn it on."

"You should be up there with them," Kate said.

Aaron hesitated. "No way. We're in this together."

"You're the head geologist. I'm only an engineer."

"You're the best damn engineer out here."

"I wouldn't say that."

"I would," Aaron said. 

Kate shifted awkwardly. She didn't like praise, and she knew there were a lot of talented engineers out in the crowd.  Still, she said, "Thanks."

"No worries," he replied. The crowd started cheering: with how far back in the crowd they were the speaker sounded tinny and inaudible. "Here they go."