A Survival Story: The reunion arrives…….

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.


June 30th    The reunion arrives…….


Today was nerve racking as well as exciting.

The reunion in Athens was not until 5:00pm so I ran a few errands prior to heading out. Eric and I ran to Lowe’s and picked up the supplies for installation of a couple of raised beds for clients. The cost of the wood went up again so we may have to increase the price a bit. Eric and I had a good talk while driving about responsibility and the future. These last several days he seems to be getting it. I don’t know. Reminded him I was heading to Georgia shortly and to make sure he keeps the house locked up as well as the gates to the fence in the backyard.

I already had the Jeep packed up last night and headed out at 12:00 noon. The Jeep was great and the weather perfect as I drove the back route (Hwy 72) most of the way. While driving I listened to some AM radio when I could get it and there was a confirmation that the “incident” in Mexico along the boarder was some type of chemical situation. Apparently a terrorist cell was trying to smuggle in some type of chemical weapon and something went wrong and the “device” was detonated. Of course everyone is asking questions – “How do we know this is the only one? How do we know that other groups didn’t make it across?”

I made it to Athens on time, checked into the hotel and made it downstairs to the large Conference Room for the Reunion at 5:00pm. I ran into a couple friends from school right off including Mitch and Gary. They are buddies I hung out with back in school. I needed to go to the bathroom and just as I passed by the Women’s Restroom the door flung open and hit me in the shoulder. I said instinctively, “Excuse me.” It was then I realized that the person standing right in front of me was M.

M was right in front of me. She was older but the same. She smiled at me and said “Hi”. We made some small talk about where we were living, told her she looked great, asked her if she had kids (no) and she asked me back. The tension was thick in the air as I wanted to ask her if she was married but resisted. She asked instead and I quickly – probably too quickly answered no. She then mentioned she just got divorced a few month ago. I lied and told her I was sorry to hear that. I still had to go to the bathroom but I suffered through.

The rest of the night we talked about jobs, hobbies, friends we knew, school, etc. It was really great. We were both staying in the same hotel as the Reunion and decided to meet the next morning for breakfast. She told me she was glad I came to the Reunion.

Wow! I can’t wait until tomorrow. Not sure how I will ever get to sleep.

 – Jed



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