A Survival Story: The neighborhood is better off than we thought

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.



July 30th   The neighborhood is better off than we thought.….

I have been avoiding talking to M about Caleb and Aaron moving in. I am very uneasy about it. What would it mean to M and me? Would we become their parents? How will it effect our ability to survive? How long will our food last filling two more mouths? What about our privacy? It would be a lot of responsibility. How about Bill?  He was already a family of four before Caleb and Aaron arrived.

M is only going to wait so long.

Started going through the vacant houses today. We talked to the neighbors to make sure that there was not anyone in the houses before we entered. Food was the main objective and a surprising amount was found. Many people left and carried only what they needed or could carry to get them where they were going, I guess. I directed the searches through each house as many things that had value to me were being overlooked by others. Beyond food –  prescription meds, first aid stuff of any kinds, batteries, flashlights, fuel, tools, and even diapers were found.

12 houses out of the 32 were searched. We found a lot more food than I thought we would. Looks like some folks were out of town when The Event happened and they left a fully stocked pantry and kitchen. Lots of canned and dry goods that will keep. Numerous tools as well as a bunch of screws and nails. Hunting clothes and camping supplies were good finds as well. We even found several firearms and some ammunition.

More to check out tomorrow.

 – Jed


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