A Survival Story: Terror in the night…….

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 6th   Terror in the night…….

Mark came over and woke me up this morning just as the sun was coming up. Something happened on the other side of the neighborhood nearest the utility road. An old couple – Mr. and Mrs. Greenfield, were robbed and killed last night. Someone heard a couple gunshots around 2:00am  – and watched out their window. They saw someone about 10 minutes later leaving the Greenfield’s house using a flashlight.

I asked Mark if the neighbor that heard the shooting did anything. The answer was “No”. They were scared for their own life and didn’t want to get involved. Once the sun started peeking over the horizon another neighbor went to the house and discovered the bodies.

We had our second meeting and more of the neighborhood showed up. Concern about safety was growing especially after word of the Greenfield’s spread through the neighborhood. I led the meeting with a prayer for the Greenfield’s.

After the prayer we discussed some the same agenda items as yesterday:

  • Defense/Security
  • Gardens & Rainwater Capture
  • Next Meeting

Defense & Security – I told everyone that I thought it would be a good idea to start a “neighborhood watch”.  Everyone agreed. With the number of people to pull from we should be able cover the perimeter pretty decent. Ryan – Jillian’s husband – said he was in the military and would help organize the patrol’s. Volunteers were asked for and the 16-17 people that raised there hands agreed to meet at 5:00pm.

Gardens and Rainwater Capture – I really emphasized the point that it is imperative that EVERYONE work to plant gardens to supplement their food supply. Many expressed frustration not only with their lack of knowledge on what to do and lack of equipment – but also with the effort that needed to be put forth. I was shocked as we are talking about their lives. It still hasn’t sunk in yet with some of them. I agreed to have a gardening class the next morning and provide some seeds to those that needed them from Eric’s raised bed supplies.

We agreed to meet again the next day at 2:00pm.

Prior to ending the meeting I left something for everyone to think about. I told them that although they might think things are bad – it is going to get much, much worse. The Greenfield’s are just a sign of things to come and if our community does not come together in a big way  – our chances will not be good.

M and I worked on washing some clothes. Basically we used three 5 gallon buckets of water. First bucket had soapy water in it, second was clean water, and third was a final clean rinse water. Once we were done the clothes were hung to dry. Another technique we are trying is just hanging some shirts up without getting them wet first to see of the suns rays will sanitize them. Water is valuable so we used all the grey water in the garden – except the first bucket.

M, Eric, and I are splitting up chores and working well together. Eric is doing great – I am proud of him.

Need to get some sleep.

 – Jed


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