There was a giant lighting storm today. Mom finally let us have a day off due to the weather. We got to play board games all day today. Will was able to kill the vampire strahd and the people of Barovia are safe for now. It got scary near the end and Courtney did a great job Dming. Beth is now hooked and wants to play another campaign. I think Will is a little more interested in Lily. Which I don’t like the idea of someone dating my sister. Though since Lily has recovered from being mauled she has been self conscious on her looks. Having someone pine over her has helped her with that a little. I think Will is going to stick with Dnd for a bit to, but only so he can be close to Lily.
Dad called in later that night. They made contact with the Gonzales and are in route to go pick them up. The charred attacked them again last night in numbers. Had it not been for the beasts gun turret they would have not made it. Dad kept cutting in and out because of the storm I think? The Gonzales are hiding out in one of the temp shelters that are along the way to the cabin. Fremont has them all over the place incase people get stuck and can’t make it to the cabin right away. I think I know the one they are at and that one is bug city. I can’t wait for them to finally be back here only a few more days! Now back to bed I am sure Mom is going to give us double chores tomorrow to make up for today.
Chopping wood is the worst thing ever! It wouldn’t have been so bad, but the wood splitter broke down. That is when mom pulled out the mauls and we had to do it the real way. Dad, David and I had to this back at home, but doesn’t mean I liked it then. Mom, Lily and Courtney got the easy job of stacking wood in the shed. Will was here to help out while Dad is gone. He is in great shape so I thought it would go a lot better, but no. This was the first time he has ever chopped wood. Again another thing he has never done! I am so jealous of gridey life. Then again he lost almost everything when this disaster happened. The best part of today was when the girls were stacking the wood and found a snake. Courtney and Lily both ran out of the woodshed screaming. Courtney I expected it from, but Lily was a surprise. Lily has chased down the charred, but was scared of a little old gopher snake. Mom chased the snake out so the work could finish. I was so sore I could barely move. At least that was all the chores for today.
Everyone was too sore and tried to play some DnD tonight. We got to watch some old movie in the mess hall with the other families here. Mr. Mills put on the movie spaceballs. It was like a knock off of star wars, but boy was it funny. Mom checked in with Dad during the movie. I snuck away to listen in. They ran into a large group of the charred and Fremont was injured. Dad said that after that they made camp for the night to tend to him.. Tomorrow night they should be in the area of the last location the Gonzales. There is a chance they might find other survivors to. Which bring back more people than planned would be like a present in this new world we live in.
It was raining when Dad left to go find the Gonzales. I think it was the first time I have seen rain since this whole ordeal started. Courtney was all tears watching him leave. Once you could no longer see them in the distance Courtney latched on to me and did not let go. She crushed all the air out of my lungs with inhuman strength. Lily had to step in to break it up. Once she saw me go from bright red to blue. Pretty sure Courtney bruised one of my ribs. Lily lead Courtney back inside the cabin. Mom had to go inside once Dad got into the Beast Brooke was a mess too. I even saw a few tear from Lily. Going to be a lot of emotions in the cabin. I wanted to warn Will a head of time before he came over. Sure he has a sister, but only one sister. He has never witnessed the storm emotion from three at once.
Jobs still needed to be done even though Dad was leaving and it was raining. I managed to save Will from the estrogen onslaught once he arrived. Each person deals with stress in their own way. Crying and a lot of hugging was not how I handled it, but it worked for my sisters. Today’s job would have been to cut some firewood, but I talked mom into letting us clean the kitchen in the mess hall. Little did Mom know is that I cleaned most of it already. Giving Will and I some free time after we finished what was left. The mess hall has a large screen tv and a few arcade games cabinets in it. We got a few hours of goofing off in and none was the wiser.
Will and I headed back to our cabin in the early afternoon. Mom and Lily cooked dinner which was fantastic. Courtney, Brooke and Beth baked a large cake for dessert. Everyone seem to be over this mornings ordeal. While we ate Courtney went of the basics on how to play DnD with Will and Beth. Then later in the evening Olivia and Megan came over. Will got strong armed into playing a fighter while Beth the cleric. We played long into the night until Mom broke up the fun. Tomorrow was still a school day and that stack of firewood still needed to be chopped. Mom checked in with Dad once everyone left. It seems everything is going to plan on their end. The rescue party should reach the spot where the Gonzales last checked in sooner than expected. I still have a bad feeling about them being out with all those charred. Who knows how bad things have gotten close to the main city.
I guess getting back to a normal life will have to wait again. The charred attack a last night. They injured two people bad enough that surgery was needed. I don’t know the people that were attacked, but Dad seems upset about it. Where do these things keep coming from? To make things worse the Gonzales have still not checked in and a search party is being formed to go look for them. The beast is back to running shape again and Dad volunteered to drive. Mom was not happy with that. I didn’t think a person face could turn that color when she found out. In total six people will be leaving to try and track them down. Dad, Mr and Mr.s Robinson, Fremont, Miller and Mr.Jack. Miller is a retired US marine and one of the nicest people in the world. Mr.jack is the second in command of security and is not a fan of kids.
The plan is to go where the Gonzalez last checked in and try to track them down. Their route was the back road that I am really really thankful we didn’t take. It is way to windy for my stomach. The trip there and back should only take a week, so Mom will be incharge while Dad is gone. Which isn’t she always incharges anyways? Cars have been know to break down on that route, so I hope that is all that happened. Though that was before the charred. When we broke down the longer we stay put the more we were attacked. Will and Beth will be staying with us while the Robinsons are gone. At least there was that good news. Though having Beth stay the night might be a bit challenging. I still don’t know who read my journal, but I am sure my crush on her will be brought up sometime this week. Courtney is going to start a D&D campaign tomorrow night. Can you believe both Will and Beth have never played before. Megan and Olivia are going to join us to! At least there will be something to take my mind off Dad being gone. For their first campaign Courtney is going to run Ravenloft. Will and Beth are in for a treat! Now to get some rest. Because even though Dad is leaving doesn’t mean I will get to sleep in tomorrow.
Journal Entry Day 93
The last two weeks have been normal. Other than the purple colored sky and having to live in a old summer camp. Will and Beth started to join us on our home schooling. The Robinson’s are needed elsewhere, so Mom took over their training. I was surprising what they didn’t know. Like how to splint a broken arm or how to filter water. To be fair everyone struggles their first time trying to make a fire with just sticks and no matches. Mom definitely kept us busy. We learned to make soap, aspirin from willow bark and how to make a bow. Also the boring stuff like math, book reports, learning latin and some PE. mens sana in corpore sano!
On the job training has gotten a little better. I followed Dad for a few days, learning on how to repair the solar panels. It was a lot of setup, but these things need to run for a long time. Dad was strict on me, but it was to make me understand the importance of the job. On the last day of following Dad we had to repair main refrigerator for the cafeteria. A rat got inside the wiring and shorted it out. While it was down Dad decided it was a good time to do the yearly maintenance. I didn’t get back to our cabin until almost morning. Then they made me get up early for school the next day to! At least it has been quiet around the cabin. The charred have not attack in days. Only one more family has shown up and the Gonzales are overdue to check in. Though with the way the roads are they should be here eventually. Them not checking in the last couple of days has not sat well with Mom and Dad though. There are talks of sending a rescue party to go find them. Using the route they last check in on. I hope I don’t get volunteered for that.
Got to meet one of those giant spiders face to face today. Thankfully it was dead when they brought it into center of the complex. Last night it tried to attack one of the goats at the farm. I did not think bugs could get this big. It had fangs the size of my hand, long coarse hair with spindly legs and 12 jet black eyes. Mr.Meza the goat herder didn’t want to accidentally shoot the goat, so he cut down this spider with a pair of tree shears in his underwear. I wish I had a quarter of the courage Mr.Meza had to do that. Mom then took the spider away to the med lab to do a autopsy on it. She asked if I wanted to help and I turned her down. Courtney and Olivia volunteered for the job of assistant. I got stuck doing both of their chores while they helped Mom. I was so sore at the end of the day. Even with the attack today I slept great knowing people like Mr.Meza are around.
I got tricked again thinking I would get a cool job. Instead we started home school and “job training”. We just got here and already they are putting us to work and school. At least give me a few days off for the end of the world. I didn’t even get to sleep in it was be up at dawn. School today was just an first aid refresher. At least it was easy. Then it was on the job training. Mostly it was dig a fire line and replants the crops. It wasn’t all bad. I got to drive this giant tractor and use the backhoe. All this digging did gave me sometime to think. My mind keeps wandering on why the town we used to live by has been destroyed, but the cabin area looks barely touched. Other than the farmland being a total mess the main compound looks normal. Fremont said they were getting the charred here to, but I have yet to see any of them. They didn’t make us work all day which was kind of them. I got to hang out with Beth some more today. I might have a slight crush on her. I hope no one in my family has notice my crush. Now that I am the only brother/son the level of embarrassments would hit radioactive levels if they found out. I left my journal in the living room while we ate dinner and I am pretty sure one of my sisters read it. I hope it was Lily, but if it was Courtney I am doomed for sure.
We made it to the cabin today. It was a peaceful last leg of the trip. The winding road into the valley made me a little car sick. At least no monster spiders attacked us along the way. Which is a win in my book. Our cabin is near the Robinsons and I finally got to meet Will and Beth. I did not think Will would be so tall and Beth so pretty. Everyone came by to help us unpack and settle in. Tonight we are all going have dinner together at the mess hall. I guess I should tell you about the compound layout. A few years ago it used to be part of a summer camp. Then camp fall on hard times and had to close. That is when Fremont bought the whole land and renovated it. Mom used to come up her to treat his animals back in her veterinarian day’s. Dad helped rebuild the infrastructure to get it up to date. Dad helped install solar panels, wind farms and fixed a old stripper oil well. Fremont liked Mom and Dads work so much he gave us a cabin and invited us to join his prepper community. After that Mom and Dad were both hooked. Now there are five main buildings on the complex. A mess hall, medical station, activity room, maintenance room and command post. Then there is the farm and barn. Everyone is expected to pitch in and help out. Dad runs the maintenance program and Mom tends to the animals part time. After unpacking it was time to eat.
Tonight for dinner it was soup, ribs and fresh corn bread. There are so many kids here my ages to talk to finally. The Robinsons sat at our table along with Will and Beth. It turns out Will is a huge gamer and Beth was into gymnastics. We kept the conversation light. I did not want to say something that could cause a problem. You know like oh I see it is just the two of you, or were you always orphans. After dinner the adults talked and us “kids” gotta play some board games. Then it was time for bed. It will be nice to sleep on a bed and not the floor of a RV for once. My room was the smallest, but without David here seems so much bigger now. Tomorrow I get to find out what my job will be here. Dad was letting on I might get to follow him around which would the best. Now time for some sleep.
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It has been a long exhausting day. Dad finally got the beast running again near dusk. It was not the prettiest fix, but should get us to the cabin. Mom radioed Fremont to tell him we are close. They have been busy defending the area from the charred and something else. Fremont said they have been attack by giant bugs.. Great now add spiders monsters to the mix. Just what I wanted to see in my dreams. Since the beast didn’t get fixed till late we will be staying the night here. There is too much risk to travel tonight. Car headlights are beacons that will attract all sorts of baddies. We also set up guard rotations. I got second shift with Olivia. Courtney was not happy about that. Makes sense though why they didn’t get to be on guard duty together. Those two would have geeked out all night and would have gotten us all eaten. One last thing to note the sky is no longer that crimson color. Those purple streaks seem to have taken over the whole sky. I wonder what caused it?
The beast has broken down! We hit something that was covered by all this ash on the road. Mom and Dad have been working on fixing the problem, but it will take some time before we are on the move again. The cabin is so close, but it is still too risky to go on foot. Though we might have to after last night. Staying in one place too long has seemed to attract the charred ones that attacked the Mill’s. Bad luck seems to follow them around. It was late last night when the attack happened. They charged the RV almost flipping it over. One of the attackers managed to punch a softball size hole into the cabin wall. Its cracked and charred hand reaching for whatever it could grab as it tried to free itself. While the other two attackers focused on trying to roll us over. I wish I could tell you what happened more, but I slept thru the whole ordeal. You see earlier that night I had a bad headache, so mom gave me some medicine to help me sleep and well I guess it worked too well. I only found out about the attack later. Lily filled me about it. Everyone thought I was knocked out, because they found me buried under some fallen boxes of canned food. They all got a good laugh after I told them I might have been just sleeping. I think this one will follow me for the rest of my life….great.