It has been a month since the military joined us. Colonel Rives has proven to be a natural leader. The military did not end up taking over the camp, but worked with the structure that are already in place. In the last 30 days we have come together as a small society. There have been a few problems and only one intense standoffs. Two people that came here from the military camp decided not to live in this world anymore and ended it. Injured a few people on the way out to. They looked like the type of person that had everything handed to them in life. Shame what happened, but why would you want to hurt other people in that type of circumstance? (more…)
The Reader of Acheron
By Walter Rhein
Review By Jacob Pelley
Book One of the Slaves of Erafor series: Reading is forbidden, and the penalty for non-compliance is a life of slavery enabled by the forcible administration of a mind rotting drug. Yet, there are those possessed of the will to seek illumination. Kikkan, a former slave on the run, and Quillion, a mercenary and self-taught scholar. Together they seek out a small band of rebels living in hiding who offer the promise of a better world. Their leader is a mysterious figure known only as The Reader of Acheron (more…)
The military made it to the compound today. Most saw it as a welcome sight. People cheered as the convoy rolled into town. Three Humvees, two jeeps and a lot of normal cars drove right to Fremont’s home then circle and stopped. That is when the last remaining helicopters landed on the crude helipad we had made a few days before. Since the world has gone quiet it was no surprise that they were close. We were officially occupied. (more…)
Still on Brooke duty for the next few days. Thankfully I am prepared for babysitting activities. In the beast a while ago I found something I have been saving just for this. There was whole pouch full of Data packs of kids shows for my slate. Also Beth took pity on me gave me a 64 count box of crayons and a coloring book. Now before you think Brooke duty is great and I just get to sit around all day it is not. Babysitting also comes with a list of chores. Laundry for one and there is a lot it. Dad and Mom’s laundry is the worst out of everyone’s. It is like they roll around in dirt all day.Lily and Courtney get all sorts of mad if you don’t wash their clothes just right. Plus according to Mom there is a right way to fold a towel. Then there is dishes, preparing dinner, sweeping, mopping, dusting, and battery maintenance. Dinner is not as fun as it once was. Everyone gave up half of their food storage to go into the community pool. For all the new people here. Even the easy days are full of busy work. Chores may not seem that hard, but add a 4 year old into the mix and it gets interesting. Like after you mop the floor and Brooke helps you. By tipping the water bucket over into the living room. Don’t get my started on potty training either. It is like she knows I just finished her laundry, so she goes out of her way to make more. It is no wonder Mom quit her job after taking care of kids it is hard work. (more…)
For the most part of my life I have been a homebody. I have only been to a city with more than 5,000 people living in it a number of times. It was always the same city to. A odd city with a even odder name Canson. Most of the people that go to Canson are migratory. The City of Canson only claim to fame is its airport. It is where people like Fremont with a lot of money like to park their private jet fleet. Fremont is not the only rich person to live in these parts and when you get to that level of wealth people fly to you for meetings not the other way around. I asked Fremont about it once and he told me that when you are rich people never leave you alone. You can’t walk down the street, go to the store or even a have a nice family outing without getting harassed. That is a little bit why he moved out here. Then some of his other billionaire buddy followed him. Canson also had the necessity framework to support these rich peoples net works. Like schools, hospitals, police stations, 5 star restaurants with super high speed internet. Mind blowing how just a few people need so much support to run their day to day. (more…)
It has been a another crazy week at again. Over 252 new people have been brought here by the military evacuation. The remeindits of the military hodgepodge together managed to fight off the attackers at their base and evacuated every civilian mostly unharmed. Two of the Helicopters got damaged and made some very interesting landings. One crashed landed in the onion field and the other next to Mr.Mezas goat barn. Thankfully none of the goats were hurt Mr.Meza is a little protective of his herd. Everyone walked away from it with just minor wounds. For the most part the new people have been thankful only a few fights have broken out. Usually it has been over food or one of the last cabins not occupied yet. Normal stuff survivor fight over
Dad had me come along with him for the talks with Lt.Maxfield and the new fourmed compound council. The council will be Fremont, Dad, Mrs. Robinson, Mr.Miller, Mr.Jack, Dr.Singh and Lt.Maxfield to stand in for Colonel Rives until he gets here. Mom was offered a seat, but said she had more important things to do around the compound. Most of what they talked about was food rations, housing, medical supplies and building new septic systems to handle that many people. Many people don’t know that a miss managed septic system can lead to death from infection. That infection could spread quickly and could wipe us all out. At least there are more people to help dig those now. Mom was going to be put in charge of that project until Lt. Maxfield pointed out that a couple of the new people brought to the compound were civil engineers. Finally a break for us kids. After the last project Mom headed we all needed a break from pharaohs whips. Then Lt.Maxfield talked about what the plan was for the rest of the military personal still at the base.
The plan was for the remaining military personal to load up a cargo plane with all the gear they could and land at the small airport in Canson. That would put them about two days drive away from the camp using the easiest path through the forest to get here. Once the Plane is loaded the remaining helicopters will act as a escort to make sure troops make it here. While Lt.Maxfield talked something did not sit well with me. I had to know why the military can’t reach other bases, so I asked. Everyone, but Dad and Mr.Miller gave me that look that you get the first time you sit at the adults table during Thanksgiving. Mr.Miller almost had coffee come out his nose from laughing at my question. He said leave it to the youth to ask the question the adults forget to ask. The answer Lt.Maxfield gave I think sacred all of us the most. He didn’t know why other bases have gone dark. They sent out two look out parties and none came back. That communication was not working right outside this area. That raised even more question. Dad had me leave the room after that. talks started to breakdown after my question. I guess I overstayed my welcome at the adult table back to the kiddie table for me.
I waited for Dad outside while the “Adults” finished the meeting. He was the first one out of the door and lead me right to his maintenance shop. The look on his face was of worry not or anger as he pulled me along. Dad told me that my question was good and why the radio sometimes work around us has been bugging him to. In the maintenance shop Dad brought me to his personal workshop that was behind a locked door. There he showed me some of the projects he has been working on to find out the answer to that question. He had a computer trying to make contact with a satellite in space and so far no pings back and other things. I had no idea what some of the stuff he was showing me was for. The take away I got was he still didn’t know what was causing communications blackouts. Why some radio seemed to work and others didn’t. Then after he gave me the you are new to the adult table talk. Then we headed back to work. The refrigerator in the mess hall was acting up again. Once we got it working called it a day.
Do to the new arrivals and everyone being busy tonight was free time. Mom and Dad gave us a few rules though like stay close to the cabin, use the buddy system and don’t talk to strange people. Courtney was hanging out with Olivia in the girls room while being on babysitting duty. I convinced Lily to come with me to go see Will and Beth. It didn’t take much to get her to follow. Had I asked to go alone to Beth’s Mom would have shoot it down. Lily traveling with me though smoothed things out and we got the okay. I had not gotten a chance to just be around Beth the last couple of days and it was eating me up inside. I could tell Lily was missing Will to. Mr and Mrs. Robinson were not home when we got there. Those two are always MIA. Beth and Will were home alone which if our parents knew that would not be good for Lily and I. Will and Lily took this opportunity to go and definitely not make out in Wills room. While Beth and I made dinner together and watched a movie. The Robinson have a working TV with a old school dvd player. With a bunch of old old old movies to choose from. Beth picked out Total recall for us to watch. Both of us had never seen it, but glad we did. It was some action movie from the 1980’s. After the movie was over it was time to go. I didn’t want to leave Beth alone, but she said it would be okay. I knocked on Wills door and told Lily it was time to leave. Will opened his door he didn’t have a shirt one and it looked like someone punched him in the neck. There was a large circle bruise on it. Lily and I said our goodbyes and then headed to bed. While I was giving Beth a hug goodnight she gave me a quick kiss on the cheek. I floated all the way home I don’t even remember the walk to the cabin. All I could think about was my first kiss. Today was such a great day.
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So there’s this movie that came out a long time ago called Ben Hur. At one point in the Movie the Main Character is forced to row a Roman ship with other slaves. I am sure in another life Mom was one of those Romans forcing people to row. Mom has stepped her chore game to ten then made ten louder. All to get the landing site ready for the military that is comings. Dad had to step in a few times to remind her we needed to take a break every once in a while. Thankfully the Military is due to arrive tomorrow and the landing site made Moms level of standards last minute. To be fair everyone had been running around to get things ready as well. Security has hidden defenses everywhere incase the military is not the friendly one we once had, but the marauder one this world might have turn them into. Escape plans, triage sites, and secondary site have been setup. Incase we have to rebuild or attacked. Everyone in the whole compound has been running around so much you would think that the Charred would take this opportunity to attack. I think the only reason why things have been quiet is that they would have been put to work to. I could imagine it now. A huge wave of Charred showing up and Mom giving them chores.. Having them plow the fields, wash the roof of the cabins and digging new septics lines. The Charred saw what she was doing to her own kids and porably deicded that Mom was doing a good enough job causing misery.
The plan for tomorrow is for Linutent Maxfield to come with two helicopters. One will be carrying him and the other guards. He is to make contact with us at 0600 hours or 6am. Which is smart the Sun will hide there approach. Then they will head to Fremont’s home where they will hold talks. Lieutenant Maxfield will be accompanied with his guards from his helicopter and the men in the second will stay to protect the helicopters. Mr.Miller the retired marine said we should expect them early or at least a fly by. He also told us that they could arrive today to throw us off. Normal military tactics to throw us off if we planned on attacking them when we they got here. Dad will be joining Fremont at the landing site. While these talks are going on we are to stay in the cabins unground bunker. Incase we need we are attacked. Each shelter has been restocked with provisions to withstand a siege for a while if need be. A few other families will be stationed in vehicles hidden in the woods. To make a break for a secondary site that is deeper in the forest. Fremont was setting up that place when whatever caused monsters to be real happend. Most of it is unfinished, but habitable. I have never been to that place. With my car sickness it makes sense though. I bet those are not the most stomach friendly roads. Now it is time for bed Mom is going to be getting us up in a few hours to get ready for tomorrow’s excitement. Beth will be joining us in our shelters. Which means if tomorrow is going to be the end at least I will be close to her when it is time to face it.
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It has taken some time, but I can finally write with my left hand again. I would not call my writing legible yet, but it would pass for a kindergartener. I came home five days ago. It was so embarrassing to be wheelchair from the medical facility back to our cabin. I was still getting a little light headed at times, so no long walks for me. At least Mom let Beth and Courtney push me around. It was the same wheelchair Lily had been using. Lily started walking around again with the help of a cane Mr.Miller made for her. I knew I was almost done with my road to recovery when Mom started giving me chores again two days ago. Courtney has been helping me with that and it is nice to be back to somewhat normal. She keeps telling me I still owe her for the goat. I had no idea what she was talking about until she gave me back my journal. To be honest I had forgotten about it the last couple of days. Almost dying to an infection, and losing two fingers hasn’t sparked the writer in me. My eyesight in my left eye has returned which is great! Everything is healing nicely I even got some of the big stitches removed. Some of those stitches were driving me crazy. I had a nice size gash in the middle of my back. Oh how it itched so bad at times. I could not reach it without the help of door frames or trees. Mom would yell at me every time I did the bear dance. You know the bear dance where put your back to a tree and rub up and down on it.
Later in the day Dad took me with him to do help complete the set up on some sensors he had set up around the camp. Nothing to hard just hand him the screwdriver or hold the flashlight. Near the end of the rounds we made it to the security/comms room. Only to find it was packed with people. At some point today the Radios came back online and not the short range one, but the long range. Mr.Jack had made contact with a military base! It didn’t take long before almost everyone in the compound was huddled in the room or close to the building. It was just great to hear that there was other pockets of humanity still around. The man that Mr.Jack was talking to was Colonel Mike Rives from the 101 Airborne. Dad and I stayed quite and tried to be flys on the wall, but soon everyone that wasn’t security, Dad or Fremont got kicked out of the room. Dad had me go back to our cabin and wait for him there. My hand was starting to hurt, so it was time for my medicine. I hate taking pain medicine, but I am in too much pain without it.
Beth was at the Cabin when I got there. She was on Brooke babysitting duty today. Brooke was finger painting with Beth in the kitchen. Kids toys are hard to come by let alone finger paint. When you are in survival situation fingers paints are not on the top of list. Which is a shame for Brooke. Coloring, and painting are her favorite things to do. Brooke had know that this was a treat. It was the cleanest I have ever seen her Paint not a drop was wasted. Which is amazing on top of where Beth got her hands on the paint in the first place. I had to know where Beth got it. Turns out that this old summer camp we are at used to have a art room. Beth found it was still full of art supplies. I had to promise to keep it a secret though. If more people ever show up with kids art supplies will alway be worth a trade. Once Brooke was done with her purple tiger with yellow spots it was time for a nap. I also joined in the nap this pain medicine just knocks me out. I woke up later tonight just in time for a home meeting with Mom and Dad.
Dad rounded the whole family up and even had the Robinson join us tonight. Which means Will and Beth were there. Beth showed up in a nice knee length dress with her auburn hair done in a single braid down her back. Her dress made her bright green eye stand out. Had Dad not brought up happened with the radio call today she would have been the only thing I would have noticed. We have been secretly dating for a little while. Thank you for the help with that Courtney I sure do owe for that one. Back to the Radio though. Did I mention Beth smelled of lavenders I am so lucky she would date me. Sorry again. Dad said that in a few days the military will make face to face contact with us. Colonel Rives will be sending his first lieutenant Maxfield to make the meeting. They will be coming here by helicopter, so we needed to clear a landing site for them. Which mean Mom is going to go into max chore mode to get that done. We discussed some more of the plans, but as you can tell I was distracted with other things. Then the Robinson headed back to their cabin for the night. I went with Beth to walk her home and got to hold her hand the whole time. I even got a hug before she went inside. Then it was back our cabin to go to bed Mom is sure to crack the whip starting tomorrow.
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Those centipede monsters claimed the lives of four people. Three people were dragged off and one person died of his injuries. A couple of the braver men went down into tunnels to see if they could track down where the bugs came from. It did not take long for them to track down and finish the hive off. That was the last of the attacks for now. The charred were all defeated and the rest of the ghouls taken care off. Finally a chance to get some rest and not worry about things coming from the woods or under our feets. There was even some good news. The nurse that was taken last night was found alive. The question is how did these things tunnel under the camp so fast? Dad gave some insight into that. (more…)
I did not get much sleep last night another battle had broken out. The charred as Cody calls them attacked in numbers again. I was put on stand by incase I was needed to help Mom treat the wounded. The adults must have accounted for another large attack in the next coming days. Cody would have been able to tell you all about the plan. The type of weapons used and where they were setup. All I know is that every time those “Charred or Ghouls” attack someone in my family gets hurt. It would been nice to get some sleep. I miss the days of sleeping in my warm bed. Without worrying about monsters attacking us every other day. Hanging out with Olivia and working on the next D&D campaign. Instead I have to stay up way past my bedtime to and finish the blood cultures that we took from the goat. Then go right to help set up the trauma center again. I could have been finishing knitting my blanket I have been working on. Thankfully there was coffee in the cafeteria where we set up again. By the way I am too young to be needing coffee.
Everyone was still setting up the trauma center when the ground started to rumble. A hole opened up right in the mess hall. Everyone panicked and raced for the doors outside. Three massive bugs emerged from the ground and attacked. They looked like centipedes, but grotesque. With harpoon tails and too many claws to count. Blue phosphorescence gew leaked from their scaled bodys. A couple people tried to distracted the monsters, so others could escape. As I made it out with Mom I saw something I would have rather not. Two of the monsters grabbed a young women and man then disappeared back into the hole they came from. Those cries for help the people made as they were dragged underground were haunting. It reminded me of a time back at our home. When a rabbit got tangled up in the gardens netting we just put up. The screams it made as it fought to get free as a hungry fox came to claim a easy meal sounded just like the women being carried away tonight. That is not a way I want to go. I am sure that desperate look on her face and the scream the rabbit made will be in my nightmares till I am old and fragile. The guards rushed inside and started firing. It didn’t take long for them to down the remaining bugs. It wasn’t until later we found out there was more of these holes across the camp.
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