A Survival Story: Integrity will not feed you

A_Survival_Story_CoverWhat follows is just one part of an ongoing survival fiction series written by John Rourke and has been published on Amazon. It is being made available here for free. A new entry is published every day. The story is written in a daily journal format.



August 28th   Integrity will not feed you…..

I have been thinking a lot about what happened out on Hwy 72. I feel I screwed up. No matter how I look at how wrong those peoples views are – I may have single handily cost lives in the neighborhood. I could have agreed to work with them – for a time period. During that time we could have exchanged services for goods. Maybe that is precisely how they were viewing it as they knew our neighborhood was not all white and they were willing to sacrifice their own beliefs.

Crap. Not sure if there is anything I can do about this.

I set up several “traps” out back behind my fence to see if I could catch some rabbits like Eric did. With some of the spare wood we have some pens could be built. If I can get a couple of females and males in a month or so we could have more – and when they get old enough, even more. This could be a great way to get us through the winter as far as meat goes. We have some small chickens that we hatched from the chickens Ben gave us. Will keep trying to increase their population as well.

Should have thought about the whole rabbit thing BEFORE we shot so many of them and lowered their population down.

Kenny and I are going hunting tomorrow. I have not been able to figure anything out as far as preserving the meat. I don’t have the expertise to smoke it, dry it, and not so sure about canning it – though that may be a possibility I could try. I don’t have a pressure canner.

While sitting outside in the dark tonight I asked M if she was happy. She looked at me and said that she thought that was a strange question to ask. I told her I wanted an answer- an honest one. She told me that she is very glad we are together. She is glad that it is me she is with as the world is crumbling around us. She also said she wished The Event had never happened – but that did not mean that she wished us not together. Bottom line is The Event did happen and we are together and she is glad to be where she is.

I didn’t hear a “yes” in her answer but I think I understand what she is saying.

We cuddled in the dark as the temperature started to drop. With the intense heat we have been having – the chill in the air was very welcome. It did remind me that winter is coming and we needed to prepare for that…..sooner than later.

– Jed



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