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That night, after the helicopters flew overhead with their searchlights and loudspeakers, Jeffrey and Elliot went to the edge of the cave where their group-mother warned them never to go after sundown. They stood and looked out at the city below.
“You know,” Elliot said to his friend, “they used to call that city Los Angeles.”
“What do they call it now?” Jeffrey asked. “I can never remember.”
“It’s a really long name. Something like Nucominon.”
Jeffrey sat down and drew his knees up to his face, sitting in a ball. The city was an immense bed of lights and towers that stretched farther than the eye could see. The skyscrapers loomed above the metropolis, which had just come alive now that the sun was down. No one was allowed out of the cave until sunrise because patrols were so frequent in these hills.