As we begin part two, Zach has now entered the Courtroom to begin his cross-examination of George W. Bush.
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Episode 49.2: The Anchorage Trials — 2036
by Steven C. Day
Zach had been lucky in one sense: For the most part, the job of Chief Legal Council for the Global Warming Tribunal had kept him so busy, obsessed even, there had been little time to doubt the meaning of what had become of his life. Even the nights were mostly safe — a fringe benefit to getting by on only three or four hours of sleep: When you’re that tired you tend to nod off quickly, leaving the ghosts stalking your spirit little chance to intrude.
Still, ghosts have a way of reaching out and grabbing a person.
As a young man, Zach had wanted to save the world; now, well into middle-age, he was forced to reconcile himself to a life spent, instead, trying to bring accountability to those who had stopped him and others from saving it.
All around him the world was dying, and the only answer he had left was to try to parcel out the blame.
As he looked at George W. Bush, sitting irritably in the witness box waiting for the cross-examination to start, he couldn’t help but feel it all had come down to this moment. If his life’s work was to have had any meaning at all, this was the hour.
“Damn,” he whispered so softly that even he couldn’t hear, “it’s been a long road getting here.”