Courtney spotted the signal flare first. The bright orange glow lingered in the sky for all us to see. Camp security was running around to secure all the entrance to the compound. After an hour there was another flare this time closer to us. Mom had Beth take Brooke into the shelter under the cabin with Will. Even though we could use the the help to defend Will and Beth have not completed the proper training to handle a firearm. The worst thing you can do is give someone a weapon that doesn’t understand the dangers of using it. Barricades were set up around the choke points to limit the amount of things that could get in. The compounds security detail start to pull out the heavier weapons. While this could just be someone in need of help it could also be bandits marking the path to get to us. The medical staff coordinated to setup up a triage center in case of wounded. Mom joined the medical team to help treat the injured. Most people don’t understand that a veterinarian is capable on working on almost all animals humans included. Lily and I had the honor of joining the front gate team. (more…)
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.
So, this is just an idea I am kinda playing with. It is still kinda in the experiment phase so please leave any feedback you may have in the comments. I have taken the idea of a journal from Sarah Fine who wrote a series called Guards of the Shadowlands. This is a really good series I enjoyed and will review at a later time but if you are interested you can see some of the journal entries she created here http://guardsoftheshadowlands.tumblr.com
I used the journal idea and have started a journal as a prequel to the the dystopian novel Jake and Sarah are working on. Let me know what you think. Any feedback would be helpful.
It was early morning when the collapse happened. The sun hadn’t come up yet. I should have been sleeping in my bed in the room I shared with my older brother David. Instead, my mom had barged into our room and blown the fog horn. Everyone in our house knew what the fog horn meant. Emergency Disaster Drill. E.D.D. My parents ran E.D.D’s at least twice a month and timed how long it took us to get from the house into the underground shelter they had designed and built after David was born. David was 17 years old. An E.D.D. could happen anytime, day or night. It was to test how prepared we were for a disaster. What disaster I didn’t know but my parents made sure our family would be survivors. David was convinced our parents were crazy. He was just waiting until his 18th birthday when he could leave. David was still in bed when I grabbed my emergency pack and ran out the bedroom door. My dad was waiting by the door to the underground shelter when I got there but unlike every other E.D.D. I could remember the stopwatch wasn’t anywhere to be seen. Still, It wasn’t until after my parents came down sealed the door that I realized this wasn’t a drill. As my dad was locking us in he called out “roll call”. During role call everyone called out their name, starting with the oldest and ending with the youngest. After a short pause my oldest sister Lily called out her name followed by me and then my twin sister Courtney, and lastly my baby sister Brooke. The noise outside startled all of us but it was my mother’s anguished cries that terrified us the most. David wasn’t here.
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