What 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 31st Neighborhood meeting…..
I asked M and Aaron if they could walk the neighborhood and inform everyone of an important meeting today at 2:00pm at the model home. I was surprised to see M, Aaron AND Jessie – with her little girl Addie about 1 hour later walking together. M and Aaron came back home and I asked how everything was. She said just fine. I inquired how Jessie was doing. M said she seemed fine and mentioned that she needed to stop feeling sorry for herself and mingle with the neighbors again. I thought of Mark and my anger toward the Blue Bandanna Gang started growing. I still want revenge.
Regardless – I was happy to see Jessie out and about. I went and charged up my portable DVD player using the battery bank attached to my solar system. I asked M to take it over to Jessie for Addie so she could watch a movie. In today’s world – that 2 hour kids movie is such a huge treat for a little girl. It was the least I could do.
2:00pm came and many showed at the model home. As everyone gathered around I spoke of my trip to Hwy 72 and the opportunity and conditions that were in front of us. I admitted my mistake and explained my efforts to rectify the situation.
I described the agreement that was hashed out and needed their approval to move forward:
- We would provide 6 people to live 1 week at a time to assist in patrolling and security.
- These patrols would be fed and provided shelter.
- The patrols would have to be armed for defense and security.
- In return for our assistance –
- Each week we will receive 4 chickens, every other week a rooster for a total of 8 weeks.
- At the end of each week the returning group to the neighborhood will bring back two dozen eggs, a block of cheese and up to 12 catfish.
- After 2 months we would receive 2 pigs,
- After 4 months we would receive 2 cows
- After 6 months we would receive 2 more pigs and another cow.
At 6 months everything would be reevaluated. To sum it up- if we help for 6 months we would have 32 more chickens with 4 roosters, 600 eggs, 192 catfish, 16 blocks of cheese, 4 pigs, and 3 cows.
This would be a lot more than we have now and would be a big step in a direction of self reliance.
When I finished many were chatting. I asked if there were any questions and several asked at once who would go. I answered that I felt that volunteers should work. If we failed to get the volunteers – the deal would be off. At that point I asked for a show of hands of those in favor of the deal. Most everyone raised their hand.
I thanked everyone and then said that the hard part was next. I needed 6 volunteers. Silence engulfed the crowd. I told them that I need 6 people to travel just a few miles away, live on the farm, assist in providing security and defend their land if need be.
One hand went up – it was Mike from the other side of the neighborhood. He has 6 kids along with his wife. I asked for another and there were no hands. Mike stood up and told the crowd that we needed to do this. He said that people are hungry with limited supplies – this was a way to improve our situation. Neil raised his hand, stood up and declared – “I’ll go!” Then Tommy from around the corner. Brian as well who lives near Mike. Kenny then stood up and volunteered. Silence once again fell over the crowd. An awkward moment was interrupted when Joel stood up and raised his hand. “Yes” – Joel volunteered. I asked him if he was sure and he said confidently – “Yes.”
I thanked them then Ryan and I met with the group of six shortly thereafter. We decided that tomorrow morning they would be taken for their 1st week on the farm.
I am so hopeful that this works out.
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