And we've been burned by all our fears
Just from growin' up around here
Our father's factories marked our cards
While Eden burned against the stars
And Sally said, Sally said
"I can't take no more regret"
It cut us deep into our souls
Came and climbed into our bed
(Gaslight Anthem, Meet me by the river's edge)
This takes place about 10 years postwar, making Kadi 20, Alima 22, and Rokia 32. Kadi's studying at the Polytechnic school Beetee helped set up in District Two, and living with Rokia (and Sara when she's not on the trains).
I really have no excuse for this, or for the fact that it ended up being 24k words long. Brains, amirite?
( Part 1: Can't take no more regret )