We left camp Daikon for Canson two days ago. Tomorrow we should be reaching the city. For the last two nights we have been getting attacked by ghouls in regular bouts. It is like they knew we were coming. Each attack coming from random directions each time. The last attack a group of 30 jumped off a cliff and landed on to the top of the lead transport. Thankfully these monsters are slow and not quick to get back up once they fall. A few people were injured, but nothing life threatening. The transport on the other hand ruptured a few hoses when it ran over a few ghouls that landed in front of it
The convoy had to stop for repairs. Colonel Rives picked a old turnout next to the road for us to stop at. Thankfully with a clear view all around. A perimeter was set and look outs put in place around the edges of the forest to watch for more ghouls. The nights are still cold and we can’t light fire. Making one is just asking for something to attack. A campfires light can be seen for over a mile away when there is no other light outside. headlights at night going down a set road is not the wisest choice either. Our small squad did not have guard duty tonight, but none of us could sleep, so I took a small walk to warm up. While walking around to keep my joints from aching I ran into Colonel Rives heading back from the bush. He joined me on my walk and we chatted for a little bit.
Colonel Rives told talked to me about the operation into Canson. I asked him if he had any idea what caused the end of the world. He had a few guess, but without intel just museing and speculation. I tried to press him on what a cascade failure could be again no luck. After that we quietly walk around until gun fire broke us out of the walkers dazes. A few ghouls attack again only a few this time. The sooner we get to Canson the better. Seeing the bodies up close of the ghouls just makes it more clear that the world has changes so much in these past 200 days.
After graduation I got to spend the day with my family. It was the last night I got to sleep in my room safe inside the camp. Mom was all tears which was odd to see. Courtney and even Dad was the same way. To say breakfast was awkward would be an understatement. I had to keep telling everyone that I had one of the safest jobs and Lily will be with me. Lily was more prepared to handle this than I was. She handled it like a person put in command should. All those extra weeks of training she got showed. Plus with her hair cut short she could not hide the scar on her face or missing part of her ear. She looks like someone you would have to think twice to mess with.
We spent most of the day playing games and crocheting while we watched a few movies. It has been a while since the last time I corchect. I kept messing up my rows and having to start over. Once lunch was over Dad had a gift for Lily and I at his workshop. The first item was a monocular pocket scope. He said that it will let us see the crypt wisps. The lense he got for the scope have a coatings on them that will make them shimmer in light. He could only make two so we had to be extra careful with them. They also only work when there is light. Which means we should always carry at least a flashlight. His final gift was two drake blades. Something that was super illegal back when the government still was around for good reason.
Drake Blades are bayonet length knifes. About a foot from tip of the blade to bottom of the handle. What makes them Illegal is what happens when you press the small button on the side of the handle. Once pressed the blade is coated in a bluish purple energy that can slice through almost anything. Tanks, planes, people, bank valuets you name it can cut it. Dad had four small battery power packs each of us to keep them charged. He said that he already told the military that we have them and got the okay for us to keep them. Though Colonel Rives was interested to know where Dad got them. Once he ran through all safety features of them we headed back home.
Dinner that night was tense. Everyone was trying to keep it together and not start crying about us leaving again. Courtney lost and was a total wreck before dessert. Then once the table was clear and the awkward hugging was over once again it was time for bed. We had to report to the convoy at 0400 hours to get on the road. That ment we really need to be at the convoy at 0300 for gear check. I know I said the next time I write it will be on the road, but I just can not sleep tonight I am both excited and too worried about what is going to be waiting for us in Canson.
The extra week of basic has molded some of the lesser troops into model soldiers. It has given Sgt. Major Miller the time he need to fix them. Plus it has given the military a chance to better organize the assault on Canson to secure it. Tomorrow all 23 of us will graduate from basic and will be headed to the front lines. We will be broken up into 4 groups of 6-5 man squads. My squad will be Lily as Co, Will as second in command, Beth, Ronin and I. Our task will be to secure building 4 of the route into Canson.(more…)
It has been one week since basic has started. Nothing but getting up early in a makeshift barracks, run drills until the evening, eat and then sleep. Next week basic will be over and the trip the front will start. We will be on the front line for 6 months then will be released from duty. If at that time I wished to stay on my term will be for another 6 months. This has been the first chance I have had to write in all that time. Usually once it is night time it is bedtime my body is too sore to do anything else.
There has been some news on the road clearing team. Ghouls have been attacking steadily as the road clearing team has gotten closer to Canson. Nothing that they can’t handle, but it has been delaying the mission. Enough so that Sgt. Major Miller said that we might get in another week of basic. Which for some of these people that signed up need it. There are at least 5 people that I would not trust with a gun watching my back. Not that they would turn on us just probably shoot someone or themselves by accident. Time for lights out now the sandman is calling my name.
My everything hurts after today’s gauntlet of test. Sgt. Major Miller did not pull any stops to make sure everyone that everyone volunteered or drafted was fit to server. The military with a group of others town folk fixed up the old obstacle course from the summer camp for us to test on. Everything from a mud pit with barb wires run across it to a giant wooden wall for us to climb. Then there was a firing range setup. Though because bullets are at a premium right now it was bb guns. The final was a ran up and down all of Daikon today while wearing a 20 pound pack. The important part is I made the cut even missing part of my hand!(more…)
Everyone in the camp has been making fun of me most of the morning. I earned the name Cody Everdeen. Why did I have to volunteer the way I did? Even Courtney and Olivia were making fun of me. Courtney I am going to fight monsters for you and she is poking fun at me. Then it turned around later in the day. While I was out in the barn fixing the heaters for the animals a group of people started getting a little to into the joke. Dad was getting tired of it and was about to let the people have it. That is when Colonel Rives stepped in. He told off all the people for us. Said what I was doing was noble and I took the place of my sister so she didn’t have to fight in the horrors of conflict. That he didn’t see any of these people stepping up to go fight to save others. Told me it would be an honor to fight alongside me. Once the word of what happened in the barn got around all the teasing stopped.(more…)
Today was the day the council announced the vote for the draft. They gave everyone in Diakon the day to decide on where they stood. Then tonight during dinner will hold the vote. If it passes the draft will immidleted be held. A no vote will result in the military having to go through without the man power. Only 25 people will be drafted to fight on the fronts. Everyone of fighting age will be added to a electronic list then drawn. The results will be put up on the main slate in the cafeteria. For each person that volunteers it reduces the people to be drafted. After the announcements everyone went to work.(more…)
I slept in today of course it had to be today of all days. The one day that I needed to be up first to make breakfast to win points. When I got to the living room Mom already had breakfast going and was in a better mood. Courtney was setting the table. Dad came in the front door of the cabin looking tired. Mom asked one question is it done? Dad nodded yes and sat down at the table to eat with the rest of us. Then speaking before thinking my mouth decided it wanted to ask a question before my brain got stop it. Mom why were you and Dad fighting last night?
What did I ever do to offend the fates to ask a question like that. I feel like in the history of me speaking before thinking this would rank in the top 5. Number before this moment was when Lily came home with smeared eye make up. I asked Lily if she had been crying “which you should just know and not ask your sister that question”. She told me that her boyfriend broke up with her. Then in the mother of all things to not say I said was it because of your new bad haircut. Lily treed me like a bear. I thought my mouth learned the lesson that day, but I guess not.
Mom said it was nothing to worry about that Dad fixed the issue. The look in Moms eyes this issue was far from over. Once the table was cleared and the dishes were meticulously cleaned we all head to work. Dad and I went straight to his workshop. Once we were inside and the door to his private workspace was closed he rolled out a sleeping bag and told me to organize everything while he got some rest. He let me turn on the radio so I could hear all the talks with the Canson front. The military decide to take the most direct route. Which means they could reach Canson in the next few days
It took me most of the day to get everything back in the right place. Once I was done I woke Dad up. I still wanted to know what his fight with Mom was all about. I rather wish I left that alone. Dad filled me in on all the details. Once the road the Canson is cleared the Military is going to start a draft in town. Just until the the town is secure. He also said that everyone over the age of 14 will be added. As you guessed it that did not go over well with Mom. Lily is already joining their ranks, but that mean that Courtney and I could also be drafted. Colonel Rives had nothing to do with it. The Robinson and Fremont proposed it then it went to vote and passed. Of course it was the Robinson to do something like this they are too old to fight and have not real children to volunteer. Dad explained he spent all night trying to convince Colonel Rives to let the people vote on this issue. Which he managed to do right before he came home this morning. Tomorrow night everyone in Daikon will be gathered to vote for a draft. My left hand has been throbbing where the fingers are missing since Dad filled me in.
The council made a big announcement today. That the first stage in taking back Canson is underway. The military has started to clear the road leading to Canson. Once the road is cleared a small team of military personnel are going to make a trip to There. To clear the runway of the cargo plane they parked there when they first arrived. While a larger second team secures the airport. Once cleared a new convoy of military personnel will be flying in from a long way away. They will almost be bring with them a small group of civilians. Hopefully they are also bring some clothing supplies. With the communications coming back online a few weather satellites are broadcasting. It looks like the snow will be letting up soon. With no storms on the horizon this could be the only chance to bring these people in.
Once the airport is secured a few pockets of other survivors will be flying into Canson airfield. With this window it gives others the chance to finally find safety. With the weather holding and what we now know about the charred this could be their only chance. The Charred can’t handle freezing weather, so they entered into a herbantion state. We are lucky that with the forest all around means that most of them are in that state now. Inside major cities there is more cover for them to keep warm. Plus the ghouls don’t seem to be effect by this cold like the Charred. Civilian flights will be tricky. They have to find a pilot, a plane and fuel to last the trip. Talking to Dad some of these flights are going to be close. Everyday we don’t get Canson Secure is another day some of these people may not make it. The assault on Canson has begun.
Later that night
Mom and Dad did not come home until late tonight. The council meetings have been going long into the night for the past few days. I could not sleep, so I was still up when they got home. Moms face when she came into the door was the you’re so grounded look. She stormed right into her bedroom and closed the door. I wanted to ask Dad about it, but he had the not a good time look to. Whatever happened at the meeting tonight must have not gone well. When things like this happen between my parents means tomorrow I have to be the perfect son. Otherwise some missguided wrath will fall upon me. With Lily gone for training that only leave Courtney and Brooke I have to compete with. Something bad must be going on for both my parents to be this upset.
It has been snowing for two days now. This flurry has turned into a problem for all these new people. There still is not enough cloths for all them. Mom gave up almost all her sewing supplies to help make cloths. I managed to hide enough material to finish my blanket for Beth. Though I do feel a guilty hiding it. Thinking about it Beth is one of those people that lost everything to. She deserves this blanket just as much as everyone else does. Courtney went looking for more fabric and found my stash. I told her about what I was doing with it. She thought it was sweet what I was doing for Beth. Also embarrassed me in front of the whole family about it later tonight. Something only a sister or mother could do.
The snow did bring some welcome news. The charred can’t handle the cold. During a routine sweep of the forest Colonels rives men found a couple of them frozen solid. They brought one of them back to study. Maybe the medical team can learn something that we could use to combat them better. Just seeing that thing close up makes my left hand itch. Its teeth are bigger than I remember. If it was up to me I would have just dispacted it where I found it. Research is important, but what if this thing thaws out and rampage inside the medical hut. Thankfully the military was thinking the same thing and had five guards posted around it at all times. Until the vivisection was complete. Still I think was a bad idea to bring here I guess time will tell if I am right.