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.
July 22nd Scouting for supplies…..and news
Amber is not taking Mark’s death well. Bill told me that she is a wreck and is staying in her room. She blames herself for Mark’s death and said she does not ever want to look at Jessie again. I understand. Her leaving in the middle of the night to find Aaron was a stupid thing to do. I know how she feels as well – I am finding it difficult to walk by Mark and Jessie’s house – thinking of that pour little girl in there without a father.
I should have been smarter about the whole thing. Mark was a good friend and this is tearing me apart. I still can’t believe he is gone.
Many people are getting low on supplies and I don’t want to give away too much. I also do not want everyone to know what I have either. I talked to Ryan about going out and doing some scouting for supplies. Going and getting Amber got me thinking there are likely a lot of houses and businesses out there with supplies in them. No – not a lot of food but other things that the community needs. As I was talking to Ryan Neil walked by on the sidewalk and I saw an opportunity. I called Neil over. He stared at me like I had just eaten the last piece of cake or something. I told him we needed some help making a decision and I wanted his opinion. He looked at me like I had an angle or something and asked me to go on. I filled him in on the idea of scouting for supplies – the risk, the danger, and gave him some idea’s of where we could go.
He actually spoke and said he thought it was a good idea. Neil said he had been thinking the very same thing and figured there were many businesses that may have supplies that the gangs and other low-life’s may not think about. He went on to say many manufacturing facilities have vending machines, walkie-talkies, tools, welding equipment, batteries, construction stuff – even coffee. I told him that was some great thinking.
Neil smiled and his face fell off. OK, just kidding. His face didn’t actually fall off. I asked him if he wanted to go if we put together a scouting party and he said he absolutely did. He went on that he was sick and tired of sitting around and working in his garden. Turned out he grew up on a farm and had a bunch of raised bed gardens in his back yard – which was fenced in like mine. He also served in the Army – was in Vietnam. I told him I was glad to have him on the “team”.
The plan is to head out tomorrow to a couple local places and see what we can find. I hope it goes better than the last time we went out.
Bill came over and said that he got some news on the scanner. Basically, forces overseas are feeling the crunch to get things done due to fuel shortage problems. He said there was also talk of some of the forces breaking off and heading home. “Why?” is the question. Possibly to check on their family?
He said getting stations was difficult and most came in better after dark.
I hope tomorrow brings some positive news for a change.
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