Half a year later, Madison West 1 was much the same, although some clearings had been made: householders extending their properties, entrepreneurs exploiting the new world, or official presences establishing stepwise annexes to their princible buildings.
On such clearing contained a small Madison Police Department wooden shack. It had the MPD crest on the door, and low bench outside to sit on while you recover from the stepping nausea. The Stars and Stripes hung from a stripped sapling.
It was said that already smoky smog could be seen in the sky on very still days.
The day before Step Day, Madison police officer Monica Jansson looked around Willis Linsay's burned-down house. She discovered a prototype Stepper, completed it, and stepped into into Madison West 1.