Day 365  “ E.D.D”

 I was sleeping soundly  in the family’s shelter in our cabins basement when the alarm sounded. Quickly I jumped out of bed to open the door for everyone. Only to find Mom  at the top of the stairs blowing the fog horn. Should have expected a drill at some point here at the cabin. At least everyone was coming to me for once. My ribs ached as I made my way back to bed. Have to remember that they are still healing and sudden moves don’t feel so great. It didn’t take long for the rest of the family to  make their way down here. After the events of this year it was a new family record. Then we waited for the all clear.

 

After a few hours the radio inside the shelter  broadcasted the all clear. Colonel Rives gave instructions that this was a test and for each shelter to report times and occupancy. It went faster than I thought it would then everyone went back to bed. No cascade event this time or monsters knocking down the door.  Just a simple drill which was nice for once. Mom sent everyone back to bed tomorrow was a work day. Over the past two weeks I have been slowly getting back to a normal sleeping schedule. Something I took for granted a year ago. Going to bed when the sun goes down and getting to stay there has been a luxury. 

 

Looking back over the past year it has been a wild ride.  1 year ago I had an older brother. I don’t talk about him much but I miss him greatly. Whenever I think about David  I think of a different world. To think not that long ago, you could go to a grocery store and buy as much food as anyone person could eat in a lifetime. Jump in a plane and see the world. Go on a computer and learn the entrity of all human knowledge in one place or watch cat videos. Now you are lucky to get a shower every once in a while with soap. Tomorrow is a new day though. Even if it is a world full of monsters and no showers. At least we made it home and back again alive. In the past week alone I have spotted life returning to the woods. Even thought I saw the one antlered deer munching on some of the crops in the field. The birds are building nests and crops are growing in the field. Life might not ever be the same again, but at least it trying. In the end that is all you can really do is just try to make it. Sometimes I still  struggle with this new world, but I keep going knowing it will make me a better person for it. I think if Beth is up to it I will take her on a picnic tomorrow. To celebrate an end to our first year in this new world alive.

 

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Day 328 “ SUV down”

 

Today was more of the same as yesterday. Our boots sinking into the ground as we marched. More than a few times one of us had to be pulled from a pit. The near freezing muck making us shiver uncontrollably.  My jaw aches from all the chattering it was doing. Everyday I miss the old world lived. It seems like not that long ago after a day of playing in the mud I could just walk back into our monster free house and take a warm shower. Just a few more days until we are back in Daikon. Where I can  bathe, get a warm meal and rest. Or at least it was only going to be a few days until we found the SUV.

 

It was late in the afternoon when we reached the base of 50/50 rock. The next resting point to Diakon. The road leading up the hill is winding and one lane. A small stream of water was pooling at the base of the hill. Slowly we made are way up the hill. That was when we ran into trouble.  There was a group of Charred on the path. They were eating something I could not make it out. Carefully we tried to make our way back down without them noticing us. Unfortunately Beth tripped alerting them to us. At least it was down hill run. Everything would have been fine until a larger group of ghouls came crashing down from on top of the hill. Blocking our path down.  There was only 1 option at that point we jumped off the side into the forest below.

 

With the ground soaked it did not seem like a bad idea jumping off the side of a hill. We landed on the opposite side of where we started. There was no time to stop after our jump. Once we landed a flood of ghouls came crashing behind. I did not think that many could have fit on top of 50/50, but life finds a way. A few yards into the forest is when we found  the remains of the SUV. There was gore all around the site, but I had no time to check it out. We had to keep moving deeper into the woods. Only stopping for little break to catch our breath. It was early morning the next day when we finally had to rest for the day. Even now I can hear movement of monsters around us. Time to wake Beth up and head out. I guess I will sleep some other time. 

 

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Day 326 “Off the beaten path”

The trail to 50/50 Rock was difficult to travel after the storm. Most of it was washed out or thick with mud. I slipped more than few times. The plan for today was to make it at least farther than we did last time and try to camp close to the base of 50/50 rock. We ended up just barely passing the halfway point. Before having to stop due to fatigue. Our campsite for tonight was a large rock far off the wet ground. A nice exposed spot out in the open. It would have been nice to find a hiding spot, but we were just too tired to look. (more…)

Day 246 

 

We got into Canson early in the morning. The Forward team welcomed us at the entrance into town.  They have been working hard to clear and secure the airfield to make way for people coming. Ghouls have been attacking in steady streams here. Small to larger groups of them. At one time the Town has over 10,000 people living in it. Now most of them have been turned into those walking nightmares. How is it that some got turned into monsters while others remained human? Maybe everyone has changes and we just don’t know how yet. Could have  the charred and Crypt Wisp once been human to? It would take a couple people to make one charred. That gives me the chills just thinking about how that could be. (more…)

Day 227

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.

 

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Day 220 

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…)

Day 218 

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…)

Day 191

 

5 people volunteered to go out during the day to test the theory of when the Crypt Wisp are awake. The plan is for them to stay out all day. Once the wisp appear they are to lead them back into the main building where it will be studied on how to take them out better. From there we will have better information on what we can do to escape. It was as sound plan too bad that is not how it went down. Everything fell apart when the Crypt Wisp that managed into hide inside the house ambushed all of the volunteers. (more…)

Day 190

We have been stuck inside the bunker for two days now. People are starting to get cooped up. Only two days and some are already losing it. This bunker is ten times bigger than the one at our at house. These people need to get it together. I guess after last night I don’t blame some for stressing out though. Crypt wisp managed to find a why into one of the underground passages. There are only a few door between us and them so people are getting unnerved. More of wisps  keep showing up outside the compound walls. Only during evening and early morning do they move around. During the day they cover themselves and hide. I wonder if we can use that to our advantage? (more…)

Day 188

From bad to worse that is how I would describe today. It turns those camouflaged monsters are nesting around here. The military tired to wipe out all the they could find. All that it did was draw the other arounds in the area to us. Someone started calling them Crypt Wisps and the name stuck. A few more got into the compound. No amount of bullets seem to take them out. One of them was just a pair of leg attached to a blown away upper half and were still walking after people. Not just walking but following the person. They don’t bleed or make any noise, but the slurping noise from that lamprey mouth of theirs. Being surrounded was not even the worst part about today. (more…)