After Gideon and the Sons of David were tried and found guilty, Thompson reached out to her old connections on the force. She discovered that the national guard was working to build a volunteer police force in Denver, and they were recruiting. The few relief camps that were still in existence had become hotbeds of crime and disease, and Thompson and her fellow volunteers helped restore law and order in Denver and the surrounding area.

As Lark’s supercrops started to become more popular in the region, the Department of Homeland Security, in coordination with FEMA, relaunched their federal relief programs with an entirely new approach. With the help of volunteers, they began reestablishing small communities in and around the city. Over the next five years, they focused their attention on decentralized neighborhood relief efforts, distributing food and basic necessities to families in need. The helped educate those with the ability to grow their own food, and slowly the cities started to make a comeback.

Thompson never married. She used to joke that she was married to the job, but in truth, she just preferred to be alone. But a few years into Denver’s recovery, she began to long for something more. She didn’t want a husband — she’d never met a man who’d been able to keep up with her — but she wanted a family. For her, that meant having a child, but she didn’t want to go through a pregnancy and birth all on her own. She decided to adopt a six-year-old girl named Samantha, who’d lost both parents in a flash flood in California.

Samantha was eight by the time the adoption was official, but Thompson couldn’t have been happier. They’d both been loners, the two of them, and now they each had a family of their own.

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